When your family owns a farm with tons of pear trees, you are always looking for new ways to use those pears during the fall. While this season we lost about 75% of the pears due to a late freeze, in past years I would get multiple boxes of pears every time I saw my family in September and am always looking for good recipes.
Last season, I decided to try out a dessert recipe. After looking around Pinterest, I found this fun recipe for salted caramel pear tarts from Vikalinka. And man, did they turn out yummy and look extremely gourmet and professional!
- 1 sheet Puff Pastry
- 1 Egg
- 3 Pears
- 6 Teaspoons Brown Sugar
- 6 Teaspoons Heavy Whipping Cream
- Coarse Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F to bake these salted caramel pear tarts. Using defrosted puff pastry, begin rolling out one sheet to be approximately 1/4″ in thickness on a sheet of wax paper or another non-stick surface. Use flour to keep from sticking to the rolling pin.
Cut the puff pastry into 6 even squares. The recipe I followed called for 8 squares, but based on the larger size of my pears I only made 6. Next cut an “L” shape into 2 opposite corners about 1/2″ from the edge, but don’t cut all the way to keep it attached. Grab each of the loose cut corners of the pastry, crossing them over each other and lay flat on the opposite side. Hopefully the picture below helps explain better. The process is really easy, just hard to explain in writing.
Repeat with the remaining pastry squares and brush with egg an place in the refrigerator to chill until baking time.
Prepare the pears next. Peal each pear, cut in half and remove center of seeds. Slice each half as seen below.
Place a sliced pear half into the middle of each pull pastry square. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and heavy whipping cream. Finish off with a pinch of course sea salt on each salted caramel pear tart.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until pastry is golden and pears and delightfully softened. The magic of the oven turns the sugar and cream into a decadent carmel…AMAZING!
Enjoy your salted caramel pear tarts and you don’e even have to admit how simple they really were to make.
Eat them quickly, as they start to get soggy over time and are best fresh out of the oven. Made in fun pear recipes lately? I am still in a fall mood and love dreaming of a brisk fall afternoon with the house filled with the sweet smell of salted caramel tarts in the oven.