Soft pears and a rich sticky caramel topping, this Masterchef inspired pear tarte tatin is the ultimate comfort food dessert recipe! It goes brilliantly with vanilla ice cream or cream and is a pudding the whole family will love!
I love traditional comfort food desserts and grew up eating apple pies, sponge puddings and crumbles. I didn't grow up eating tarte tatin but I could definitely develop a taste for it!
I've been watching Masterchef and cooking recipes inspired by the show so it was only really a matter of time before I tried one. After all, you rarely see the contestants make a plain apple pie. Tarte tatins are definitely more in the Masterchef camp!
Why did I make a pear tarte tatin?
Initially I planned to make a rhubarb tarte tatin. That was the recipe I saw on Masterchef but rhubarb proved impossible to find. There was no rhubarb in the shops but there were lots and lots of pears.
There were apples too but that seemed just too much of a classic! I felt I had to try something slightly different.
Pear is great for tarte tatin
Pears are fantastic fruit for a tarte tatin. They are softer than apples so if you like your fruit to be soft then they're perfect. They also soak up all that delicious caramel.
You can see from the picture that there isa l ot of caramel and the pears have caramelised beautifully. This is definitely a great recipe for caramel lovers!
What ingredients do you need for a tarte tatin?
This simple pear tarte tatin has just 4 ingredients! Ok, I do take a shortcut by using ready made puff pastry but seriously, why make your own when the bought stuff is so good?
So, to make this tarte tatin you'll need: puff pastry, pears, sugar and butter. And that is all.
Is tarte tatin healthy?
Well, because of the caramel this is definitely a more calorific dessert than a plain apple pie. However, it is perfect for a treat! I like to think that at least the pears add some nutrients but I know I can't kid myself that it's actually a healthy choice!
What's the best thing to serve with tarte tatin?
I absolutely love it with vanilla ice cream. I can't resist the way the ice cream melts into the warm tart. However, it's also great with cream, custard or even yogurt.
Can you reheat the leftovers?
If you have any leftovers then you can reheat them. Just put them in a covered dish in the oven and reheat for about 10 minutes.
You can also reheat in the microwave but it won't be as crispy so use the oven if you can.
Storing and freezing
Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.
You can also freeze the leftovers for up to three months. Make sure you wrap the tarte up well in cling film or baking paper and then reheat as above.
Another recipe Inspired by Masterchef
The tarte tatin wasn't the only recipe I made inspired by this particular show.
One of the contestants made mackerel, wrapped in flattened white bread and fried. I just had to try it.
The verdict: Surprisingly tasty. It was just fried bread and mackerel, but it looked nice. You could even say pretty and definitely a great canape idea!
More Fruity Dessert Recipes
I am much more a fan of fruit desserts than chocolate ones. If that's how you feel too then do try one of these fruity dessert recipes:
More Desserts Inspired by Masterchef
Pear Tarte Tatin Recipe
- 375 g puff pastry ready rolled
- 3 pears can replace with apples
- 160 g caster sugar
- 80 g butter
- Preheat the oven to 200°c
- Put the butter and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Shake the pan every now and then but don't stir it. When the sugar has melted turn the heat up a little and let it bubble until it turns a caramel colour. Don't worry if the butter and sugar seem to separate, it'll still be fine.
- Cut the pears into quarters. Cut out the core and then slice each quarter into two or three pieces, depending on how chunky you want it to be.
- Pour the caramel into the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Arrange the pear slices on top. Top with puff pastry - the same size as the dish you are using. You may not need all the puff pastry. Make a couple of slits in the pastry so steam can escape.
- Bake for 35 minutes in a 200°c oven.
- Let it cool for about 10 minutes after removing from the oven. Then put an upside down plate on top and flip the dish and plate over to remove it.
- Serve with ice cream or cream.
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