Puff Pastry Pear Tart

5 from 1 vote

This simple pear tart is one of those perfect last-minute desserts to serve to guests or even simply to fill a craving for dessert! It's a great choice to serve after any delicious meal or at the holidays.

This cinnamon sugar pear tart is the perfect quick dessert idea. Just thaw a store bought pastry puff, season and add pears. Delicious dessert in under 30 minutes!
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Pear Tart Recipe

You know how runners will get a little antsy if they haven't run in a few days? I get that way with baking. For me, it isn't really even about eating the baked goods, it's simply about baking.

Half the time, I've been known to make a dessert, have one helping of it and leave the rest for my family to eat. When I was working in the corporate world, I was able to bring in baked goods all the time which was great!

The first time I made this easy pear tart, I was just trying to use up a bunch of extra pears leftover from what we got at the farmer's market before they were past ripe. Ever since, it's been my favorite dessert to make when I want something light and quick.

This simple dessert is perfect for parties, a weeknight dinner dessert, or simply just to have a delicious sweet treat in the house. Top a warm slice of this tasty tart with vanilla ice cream or salted caramel ice cream. It's the BEST way to serve it!

Puff pastry can be used in savory tarts too! Check out my asparagus ricotta tart too for another yummy way to use store-bought puff pastry.

This cinnamon sugar pear tart is the perfect quick dessert idea. Just thaw a store bought pastry puff, season and add pears. Delicious dessert in under 30 minutes!

Why You'll Love this Recipe

This recipe is one of my favorites, and you're going to love it too! Here's why:

  • You don't need to have fancy equipment to make a delicious tart recipe! All you need for this recipe are mixing bowls, mixing tools, and a baking sheet.
  • Have this delicious cinnamon sugar pear tart on the table in just about 40 minutes.
  • This recipe is great during the time of year when pears are in season! Make it during cold months as a warming sweet treat with in-season fruit.

This pear tart would be so good for a Thanksgiving dessert or to serve after Christmas dinner.

This cinnamon sugar pear tart is the perfect quick dessert idea. Just thaw a store bought pastry puff, season and add pears. Delicious dessert in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy pear tart recipe:

  • puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • ripe pears
  • olive oil
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Substitution and Variations

If you do not have puff pastry on hand, you can use pie crust or crescent roll dough in its place. It make not make the same flaky crust, but if will still be absolutely delicious!

Swap out the olive oil for melted butter to add a lovely buttery flavor to this tasty tart. You can swap the sugar for brown sugar too!

Instead of using store bought dough, you can make a tart dough from scratch. This sweet tart crust uses all purpose flour, cold butter, vanilla extract and a few other simple ingredients. Combine it all in a food processor, roll it out with a rolling pin, and place it in a tart pan. Use the pear ingredients here for the rest!

Add a burst of tart flavor my drizzling lemon juice or lemon zest over the top of the pears. Or, make a simple glaze from powdered sugar and heavy cream and drizzle it over the top of this pear tart.

To give this simple pear tart a little crunch, top each slice of tart with coarsely ground almonds, pecans or walnuts.

And you certainly don't need to use pears. Apples will work just fine in this recipe to make an apple tart!

This cinnamon sugar pear tart is the perfect quick dessert idea. Just thaw a store bought pastry puff, season and add pears. Delicious dessert in under 30 minutes!

How to Make Pear Tart

Remove the puff pastry from the freezer and allow it to thaw before you begin.

Then, preheat your oven temperature to 350° Fahrenheit and lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with melted butter or cooking spray.

Cut the tart dough into squares using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife and place them onto the prepare pan.

In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, sugar and cinnamon until thoroughly combined.

Using a pasty brush, coat each of the thin slices of dough in the olive oil mixture.

Next, cut each pear into even slices, leaving the skin on. Lay the pear slices onto the squares of pastry.

Then sprinkle the tops of the slices of pear with the remaining cinnamon sugar.

Bake the tarts for 20-25 minutes until the pastry light and fluffy and has turned a beautiful golden brown color.

Serve immediately and top with homemade whipped cream or ice cream!

This cinnamon sugar pear tart is the perfect quick dessert idea. Just thaw a store bought pastry puff, season and add pears. Delicious dessert in under 30 minutes!

How to Store Leftover Pear Tart

Cover your pear tart with plastic wrap, or transfer it to an airtight container to store in the refrigerator. It will last 1-2 days, so eat it quickly!

It is not recommended to freeze this pear tart recipe. However, it's so easy to make, I recommend you just make a fresh batch whenever you're craving it.

Tips for Success

  • When putting pear slices on each square of pastry dough, keep them towards the center. Leaving an outer edge will allow the puff pastry to bake upwards around the pears and incase them in fluffy pastry!
  • Don't soak the pastry or pears in too much oil. You don't want your pear tart to become soggy or greasy.
  • If you tend to have things stick to your baking sheet, line it with parchment paper before placing the tarts on it.
This cinnamon sugar pear tart is the perfect quick dessert idea. Just thaw a store bought pastry puff, season and add pears. Delicious dessert in under 30 minutes!

FAQ

What kind of pears are best to use in a pear tart?

Bartlett pears, also called Williams pears, are most popular and would be delicious in this easy pear tart. You could also use green or red Anjou pear, or Bosc pears. The most important thing is to choose ripe pears. Ripe pears = juicy pears!

Can I use frozen pears in this easy pear tart?

Frozen pears would not produce great results if used in this recipe. It would end up making the pastry soggy and the pears may not be ripe enough to have a great flavor. Fresh pears are best!

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This cinnamon sugar pear tart is the perfect quick dessert idea. Just thaw a store bought pastry puff, season and add pears. Delicious dessert in under 30 minutes!

Puff Pastry Pear Tart

These easy cinnamon sugar puff pastry pear tarts are so delicious and easy to pull off. They'd be perfect for the holidays.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 tarts
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet thawed
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream optional for topping

Instructions

  • Thaw puff pastry before beginning.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut puff pastry into squares using a pizza cutter or knife.
  • Mix olive oil plus half of sugar and cinnamon.
  • Brush olive oil mix onto eat puff pastry, to edges.
  • Cut pear into slices (leaving skin on).
  • Lay slices along puff pastry.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until pastry has risen and is golden brown.
  • Serve immediately, while warm, with ice cream or whipped cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 30mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g
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6 Comments

  1. First of all, anything with pears is automatically a favorite of mine and those dishes are beautiful!

  2. Oh goodness Madison, these pictures are making my mouth water. This looks so delicious! I've never made tarts before but you're really inspiring me to try it. I'm sure Chris and Isaac will appreciate the sweet treat. 😉

  3. You know I love anything with puff pastry! I recently used it for a savory appetizer, but I've been itching to use it for a sweet treat. This one sounds so yummy! I can't wait to try it.

  4. I'm one of those people who gets antsy when she doesn't bake a few days, too, so I feel you! What a gorgeous tart that is SO simple to make! Nicely done, friend.