Rustic Pear Tart


My kids love fruit. Every morning for breakfast they’re either eating strawberries, bananas, blueberries or sliced apples.  However, I realized one fruit conspicuous by its absence from their diet: pears.  We don’t eat oranges regularly but we drink orange juice daily.  We never eat apricots but we love apricot jam on a toasted bagel and applesauce with apricots.  When watermelon is in season we eat it cubed or in an awesome watermelon, mint, feta salad.  When did pears become so elusive?  I think the last time my kids had pears was when they were eating pear mush as infants.

My kids’ first and last pears


I was des”pear”ate to find an easy dessert that I could make.  The Rustic Pear Tart over at The Comfort of Cooking is my kind of recipe: minimal ingredients, minimal directions, delicious, tasty results in under 45 minutes!

Growing up with a mother who cooked meant growing up with a mother who got a thrill out of making homemade breads, crusts, rolls.  She would not deny herself any challenge in the kitchen.  I, however, peruse a recipe searching for degree of difficulty.  The easier the better.  The Rustic Pear recipe seemed so simple, I was almost skeptical.   It’s essentially cutting up pears, mixing them with some spices, folding the pears into a crust, and then baking it.  And, the best part, you can just buy the pre-made pie crust.  My kids could make this recipe with their eyes closed.

Luckily, I had all the pear tart ingredients in my pantry or fridge except for the pears.  One quick trip to the local store and again, I was bombarded with information, this time about pears.  I had no idea that there are approximately 5,000 different varieties of pears in the US but, only around a dozen are available commercially.  In fact, I could only name three varieties when quizzed at the store.  The recipe indicates Bosc pears which are apparently available year-round.  Their sturdy dense flesh make them ideal for cooking, sauteeing, baking.  While in the food store, I learned the “pear ripeness test” pressing my thumb at the pear’s stem to have it yield to my slight pressure.

Ripe Bosc pears ready to be sliced for the tart

 I sliced the pears and the pie crust was unrolled and placed in the dish (remember, I cheated and brought a pre-made crust).

Pre-made pie crust awaiting the pear filling

I combined the spices and ginger, substituted the corn starch for potato starch left over from last Passover (that’s all I had on hand and it’s healthier and Gluten-free friendly too, right?).   Ten minutes of prep time and I conquered the once intimidating notion of making and baking a tart.

Pear tart drizzled with sugar, brushed with cream, ready for the oven

I know I sound like a broken record but there’s nothing more inviting than the fragrant smells and heat emanating from a baking oven on a cold winter morning.  After only 25 minutes, the pie baked to perfection.  The pears softened, absorbed the ginger and cinnamon and the heavy cream baked into the crust.  Having to wait at least 10-15 minutes until the pie cooled seemed torturous.

Then, when it was ready, we generously added two dollops of vanilla bean ice cream and gave in to temptation.

It’s beyond delicious.  Too easy to pass up.




  1. This looks like a fabulous Winter breakfast! I love making things that require the oven being on when I get up at 4:30am. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love your recipe! I think I like pears more then apples. Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it?
    I hope to see you there!

  3. this looks great, I would so use pre made crust too.

  4. while I’m not a fruit pie gal myself this is just too lovely to not share as one of my treats of the week on Topsy turvy tuesdays! (esp since MOST people aren’t strange like me and LIKE fruit pies- including my husband and kids!)

  5. This pear tart looks absolutely amazing!! YUM! Thanks so much for joining us on “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We loved having you and hope to see you back next Saturday with more great ideas! -The Sisters


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