Pear Tarte Tatin

December 9th, 2012 § 0 comments

Sweet and warm, a little spice and upside down.

That’s what I want in my life right now.


— Pear Tarte Tatin (serves 4) —

3 pears

80g butter

80g sugar

1 vanilla pod, split

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

200g puff pastry


Preheat oven to 200C / 400F.

Peel, core and cut the pears in half.

Melt the butter in a 8 inch ovenproof frying-pan, add the sugar and cook over a medium heat until golden. Add the vanilla pod, cinnamon stick and star anise to the frying-pan.

Lay the pears, cut-side up, to the frying-pan, then cook in the sauce for 8 minutes.

Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface to a a 1/4 inch thick, cut out a 9 inch circle. Cover the pears, tucking the pastry down the sides of the tin and pierce the middle of the pastry disc.

Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.

Leave the tart to stand for 5 minutes, then put a large plate over the top of the frying-pan and invert.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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