buy 2 get 1 free

0

Your Cart is Empty

November 03, 2020 2 min read


 2 minute read

Ingredients

8 pears

100g caster sugar

100g butter

star anise

3 cardamom pods

1 large cinnamon stick

2 tbsp brandy

500g block all-butter puff pastry

  • STEP 1

    Core the pears, then peel as neatly as possible and halve. If you like, they can be prepared up to a day ahead and kept in the fridge, uncovered, so that they dry out.

  • STEP 2

    Tip the sugar, butter, star anise, cardamom and cinnamon into an ovenproof frying pan, about 20cm wide, and place over a high heat until bubbling. Shake the pan and stir the buttery sauce until it separates and the sugar caramelises to a toffee colour.

  • STEP 3

    Lay the pears in the pan, then cook in the sauce for 10-12 mins, tossing occasionally, until completely caramelised. Don’t worry about them burning – they won’t – but you want to caramelise them as much as possible. Splash in the brandy and let it flambé, then set the pears aside.

  • STEP 4

    Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Using a plate slightly larger than the top of the pan, cut out a circle, then press the edges of the circle of pastry to thin them out.

  • STEP 5

    When the pears have cooled slightly, arrange them in the pan, cut side up, in a floral shape, with the pears around the edge pointing inwards. Rest the cinnamon stick on the top in the centre, with the cardamom pods scattered around.

  • STEP 6

    Drape the pastry over the pears, then tuck the edges down the pan sides and under the fruit (see Gordon’s guide). Pierce the pastry a few times, then bake for 15 mins. If a lot of juice bubbles up the side of the pan, pour it off at this stage (see guide). Reduce oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and bake for 15 mins more until the pastry is golden. Leave the tart to stand for 10 mins, then invert it carefully onto a serving dish.

     

     

    Note From the editor: "Looks rich and delicious. This classic French dessert goes well with cream or creme fraiche. Enjoy"

     

    « Back to Blog

QLW
QLW


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Sign up for our Newsletter