France - Pear Tarte TatinThe pears were divine at the market this morning so I came home with half a dozen and made this Pear Tarte Tatin....make a lovely change from apples.
This glazed upside-down pastry is traditionally made with apples, but the pears give the tart a lovely texture.
1/3 cup soft brown sugar
35g (1.2oz) unsalted butter
1-2 firm pears, peeled, halved, cored, then each half cut into 8 thin wedges
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped into small bowl
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
ice cream, to serve
Preheat oven to 190C/375F.
Melt sugar, butter and one tablespoon water in a heavy-based 20cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil for a few minutes or until syrup is dark amber, taking care not to burn. Remove from heat immediately and leave to cool so that bubbles subside. Toss pears with grated ginger and vanilla seeds, then arrange slices, overlapping, in a circle in the frying pan, placing a few around the edge if necessary.
Cut puff pastry into a round slightly bigger than the frying pan. Place puff pastry round on top of pear mixture in frying pan, then tuck in edges around pears. Bake tart for about 35 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden.
Invert tart into a large plate and serve hot with ice-cream or at room temperature.
From At My French Table, Jane Webster.