Monday, April 7, 2014

Simple Pear and Almond Tart


Sometimes we all need a recipe that is quick on the go and that can never go wrong. Something steadfast in our time of need and easy to prepare. I started keeping puff pastry in the freezer a couple of years ago. I found that there are quite a few recipes that you can conjure up with what ingredients you have on hand in a pinch. You can go sweet or savory and puff pastry always has a way of looking so elegant.

Now this particular time I needed something fast and sweet. After eyeing what fruit I had available on the counter it was smooth sailing from there. I made a simple tart that was topped with sliced pears, almonds slivers and a lemon marmalade syrupy glaze. I started off with a sheet of frozen puff pastry that I had slightly defrosted and rolled out. I then cut the pastry into 6 squares. Topped with pears and a few different warming spices. Total baking time was 20 minutes and halfway through that time, almonds were added and the pan was rotated. After removing from the oven I brushed on a luscious sticky glaze and that was it. Easy enough right?

Ingredients:

1 sheet puff pastry (slightly thawed)
2 pears (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
2 tablespoons organic sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/3 cup honey roasted almonds (thinly sliced, I bought mine at Trader Joe's)
1 tablespoon lemon marmalade (you can use most any type of jam as well)
1 tablespoon maple syrup

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

Roll out pastry on a light floured work surface and roll out keeping a rectangle like shape. Cut into 6 even squares.

Place on baking sheet and add pear slices, keeping a small border free along the edges. Sprinkle sugar and spices over the pears.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes, rotating baking sheet half way and add almonds. Bake until golden brown.

In the meantime, in a small sauce pan add lemon marmalade and syrup and heat until mixture is warm and syrupy.

Remove pastry from oven and brush on glaze. Serve plain or with ice cream. Enjoy!






Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

46 comments:

  1. Love these pear treats, can smell their beauty from here!

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    1. Thanks Pamela, they do smell pretty good with all the cinnamon and spice.

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  2. Beautiful, Cheri!!! I adore almonds and pears together, and on pastry? Heaven. Love this.

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  3. Just beautiful! All that's needed is a good cup of coffee:@)

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    1. Hi Lynn, your right, just perfect with a cup of coffee. Thanks!

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  4. Fruit, almond, and puff pastry, how could it be anything but wonderful?

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    1. Thanks Sue, it is a pretty good combination.

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  5. I do the same! It's so handy to have around. This looks delectable! I don't use pears enough in my desserts event though I love them.

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    1. Hi Reeni, got to love that puff pastry. Thanks!

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  6. What a great recipe! It's a great idea to keep puff pastry in the freezer. I agree, possibilities are endless both sweet and savory. I like how you cut these into smaller squares. Looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, the squares came about on accident, had a little trouble with the dough, great outcome though.

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  7. Looking very delicious that simple tart you made! Love the abundance of fruit! :) ela@GrayApron

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    1. Thanks Ela, this was a fun tart to make.

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  8. The flavours sound sublime and I love the glaze you have used :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, almost did not put a glaze on but at the last minute I went for it, glad I did.

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  9. what a great dessert idea! I love that it's so easy.The glaze sounds amazing!

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    1. Thanks Helen, it was easy and the house smelled divine!

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  10. Great tip about freezing puff pastry. And the flavours in this tart sound amazing. Beautiful picture too.

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    1. Thanks Tina, appreciate your kind words.

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  11. Often simple is best, such as this tart! Loving the spice combo you used here, truly awesome!

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    1. Thanks Mike, the kitchen smelled pretty good.

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  12. What a divine combo! I love pears and almonds together and I'll eat anything on fluffy puff pastry!

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    1. Hi Courtney, I agree, thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Thank goodness for frozen puff pastry. Makes desserts like this so easy, but everyone will think you spent a ton of time on it : )

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    1. Hi Natalie, yes, puff pastry is pretty amazing!

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  14. This looks beautiful! I love the idea of pairing almonds and pears together.

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    1. Thanks Samantha! they sure do compliment each other. Appreciate the comment.

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  15. Sounds delicious! I might even eat these for breakfast if I couldn't wait all day to have them for dessert ;-)

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    1. Hi Kelly, trust me they are good for breakfast.

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  16. This is an absolute home run - a beautiful tart indeed! Yum

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    1. Thanks Tricia, it was easy to put together.

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  17. Love this, Cheri! This is my kind of dessert. Love that you included nutmeg - it always adds the something special, doesn't it? Maple syrup is a perfect flavour to add to your magical combination of ingredients.
    I'm with Tricia - a beautiful home run!

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  18. This combo sounds so good, and I love all the simple instructions! Yum, I'll have to try this soon!

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  19. What a perfect (and easy) dessert. Anyone can make this and be a hero. Love it.

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    1. Hi Maureen, what a great way to describe this dish. Thanks!

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  20. These are easy and also classy and elegant. It would make a great cap to any meal. I really like the glaze to finish.

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    1. Thanks Monica, the glaze was pretty good, I added it at the last minute.

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  21. These are genius Cheri! Puff pastries make life so much easier. And more delicious :)

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    1. Hi Karen, I certainly agree, puff pastry is the best. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. This sounds delicious, I love the sound of the lemon marmalade glaze and your chosen spices are some of my favourites.

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    1. Thanks Laura, the kitchen sure smelled nice while it was baking.

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  23. these look gorgeous! i bet they smell amazing with all that spice.

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    1. Hi Tannaz, they sure did, thanks for stopping by.

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