Every summer I always get my produce from the farmers market. A few weeks ago when I had visited St Lawrence farmers market, I spotted these very delicious and sweet pears. I remember asking the vendor, will they be sweet and he immediately guaranteed that if not sweet, bring them back. In that chat his wife actually told me as you are a pastry chef why don't you make a "Tarte Tatin", I wondered and immediately ideas started brewing. Next morning I immediately made it and here you go, sharing my very own favourite end of summer recipe. This pear tarte tatin is spiced with cardamom and saffron. It is served with a dollop of orange blossom cream. It required very few ingredients and was very easy to make. Happy baking and hoping you all enjoy it as much as I did.
Pear Tarte Tatin
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp saffron strands
1 store bought unbaked pie pastry or puff pastry sheet
1. Wash and peal the pears, cut them into 1/8 (divide the quarters into halves) making sure there are no seeds.
2. In a medium sized pan add the sugar, water, ground cardamom and saffron strands. Stir and add the pears. Cook on a medium heat for about 15 minutes and cover the pot with a lid so that the pears poach evenly.
3. Grease a 6" baking tray with butter and place the poached pears and on top place the store bought pie crust or puff pastry (tuck it from the sides).
4. Bake until golden brown. Serve it warm with a dollop of cream or ice cream.