I’m returning to working a weekday schedule of 9 to 5, so desserts with less prep work are appreciated in my schedule. So although pears and/or apples baked in buttery pie crusts are worth the extra effort and time, if you’re in a hurry, using puff pastry to make a tart turns out a quickie dessert.
This tart is topped with pear slices, warm spices, chopped almonds, and a maple syrup glaze, with some Tonewood Maple Flakes sprinkled on top. Of course, no dessert with baked pears is complete without a generous scoop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Sweet pies are great if you have extra time in your schedule, but those with fewer hours can make these maple almond pear tarts with equal love.
Maple Almond Pear Tart
- 1 lb puff pastry, thawed
- 2 to 3 unripe pears, peeled with center core removed and vertically sliced ¼” thick
- 3 Tbsp coconut sugar, or 2 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ cup almonds, finely chopped
- Olive oil; as needed
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp apricot jam
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Tonewood Maple Flakes; optional and as needed
- Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional for garnish
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place pastry on a clean and lightly floured surface. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, spread pastry until it's a quarter-inch thick, maintaining a rectangle shape. Cut pastry into 6 squares.
Place 3 squares on each baking sheet. Layer pear slices over the pastry and maintain about a ¼" border.
Sprinkle almonds, sugar and spices on top of the pear slices. Drizzle with olive oil.
Place baking sheets in the oven to bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
Meanwhile, mix sea salt, apricot jam and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, but don’t let it boil.
Remove pastry from the oven and using a brush, lightly drizzle pears with the maple and apricot glaze. Garnish with maple flakes.
Place tarts on a wire rack to cool. Serve hot or room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy.
Makes 6 small tarts.
About the Author
Sanura Weathers is the author of a sweet, savory, buttery, green and healthy food blog at MyLifeRunsOnFood.com. Her recipes strive to use seasonal and locally-grown ingredients found at the farmer’s market. Using her experience as an online content manager/editor, food writer, social media manager and graphic designer, Sanura creates a visually appetizing food blog redefining comfort and traditional recipes with a healthy twist.