Tarte Tatin aux Poires (Pear Tarte Tatin)
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 6-8
This is an elegant and impressive dish. It is not difficult to make. It can be quite sweet, depending on the sweetness of the pears. Another classic variation on this is with apples. You can make this dessert without a tatin pan, but the benefit of the pan is the removable handle for use stovetop and then the oven. Serve with creme fraƮche or ice cream.
  • 6 Firm, Large Pears
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Pie Pan Pastry Dough (buy a prepared variety to save time)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Peel the pears, cut in half (lengthwise) and core them
  3. Place the pears in a large bowl and toss in lemon juice, then set-aside
  4. Place the sugar in a Tatin pan (or 10-inch skillet), over low heat
  5. When the sugar begins to melt, begin stirring until all the sugar is melted and starts to turn a pale golden colour
  6. Remove the pan from the heat
  7. Arrange the pear slices in the pan, closely together with the narrow ends in the centre, cut side facing up
  8. Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter over the pears
  9. Place the pan back on the stove at medium heat
  10. Cook until the sugar turns a deep caramel colour and the pear juices are almost evaporated (about 15-20 minutes)
  11. Cover the pears in the pastry dough and bake for 25-30 minutes until the crust is brown
  12. Allow to cool for 10 minutes
  13. Run a sharp knife around the outside edge of the dish to loosen the edges
  14. Place a large plate over the skillet and quickly invert the tart
  15. Allow to cool slightly and serve
Recipe by Ginger and Nutmeg at http://www.gingerandnutmeg.com/2011/06/french-favorites