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No Pastry Pear Tarts

pear tarts recipe

Autumn is finally in the air. The temperature has dropped and the big fluffy blankets are carefully lugged from the top of the cupboards. Autumn is my favourite season. The trees change to beautiful colours and I am convinced that the setting sun is a deeper amber. I can virtually hear the southern hemisphere take a deep sigh and bring in the cool winds and soft rain.

pear tart recipe

I spotted these gorgeous tiny pears in the fruit market and it reminded me of the promise I made earlier on in the year. It was to be more mindful about what I was eating and where it was coming from. It did not make any sense to buy garlic flown in from China when we were growing perfectly tasty ones here in Australia. It is wasteful to fly in cherries from all around the world for them to only arrive badly bruised and almost spoiled.

Thank goodness the Australian government has made it mandatory for stores to indicate the country of origin for all fruit and vegetables.

no pastry pear tarts

I am also watching where every dollar is spent. It made perfect sense to eat seasonally and therefore frugally. I am also an avid reader of Brydie’s delightful blog CityHippyFarmGirl. She is a great source of information and inspiration about eating responsibly.
no pastry pear tartsThese wonderful No Pastry Pear Tarts smelled amazing when they were baking in the oven. I sat by the oven watching them turn a glorious shade of gold, just like the trees outside my window.

No Pastry Pear Tarts
Recipe adapted from Faking It
Makes 6 small tarts

180g unsalted butter
50g plain flour
180g pure icing sugar
100g almond meal
3 large free-range eggs, beaten
3 small pears, thinly sliced
icing sugar, to dust

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly butter six 8cm round tart tins. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, do not allow it to burn. Set it aside to cool. Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl and gently stir in the almond meal, melted butter and eggs. Divide among the tart tins and place pear on top. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 170°C and bake for another 5 minutes or until golden. Dust with icing sugar and serve with a cup of tea.

All images © tinytearoom.com

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  1. Sukaina

    Wow,,,,,this looks fantastically delicious. Here in Dubai, most of the produce is shipped from far and wide and whilst it’s great to have all kinds of produce all year round, sometimes i crave seasons and organic produce! This tart is a definite try…ill add choclate in mine and maybe hazel nut meal? Beautiful.

  2. anh@anhsfoodblog

    Hi from a fellow Aussie blogger! 😉

    Such a lovely post! I love all the pears and apples we are having right now. I wish summer produces will be here a bit longer, but it’s just because I’m greedy…

  3. Soma

    Simply Gorgeous Amy!

  4. Cherine

    Those tartlets are irresistible!!

  5. yummychunklet

    These tarts look great! And, I love pears. I’ll have to keep this in mind till autumn rolls around again!

  6. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    Hi Amy,
    First time to your beautiful page.Loving these tarts and pictures a lot.We are reeling into spring and I m seeing a lot of fresh fruits around.I wanna try these tarts soon!

  7. Richard Elliot

    Still being relatively new to Australia I’m not sure of when all the different fruits are in season. However, for the past six months I’ve been trying to pay attention to the varying price of different fruits (working on the assumption that fruit is at its’ cheapest when in season). There are some lovely pears, apples and grapes to be had at the moment.

    Looks like I need to start cooking with them and not just eating them!

  8. OohLookBel

    Those pear tarts are gorgeous and just reek of autumn! I like how some shops indicate where the fruit comes from to make it easier to pick local produce.

  9. Rhonda (The Dainty Baker)

    Oooo la la!! what lovely looking tarts! and no pastry!! hehehehe love a good shortcut!

  10. Holly Rose

    Such a coincidence…I was just eating one of these tiny pears when I read your post!! How good are they?! At the moment, I’m hoping a pear a day will keep the doctor away in view of our changing seasons :)

    I will definitely try these tarts seeing I have everything I need on hand at the moment!

    I love the composition and detail in your photos. Great work! What lens are you using? My photos aren’t sharp enough and I want to upgrade.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    xo H

  11. Joyti

    Well, those no-pastry pear tarts look delicious. I like the little hearts you formed on the tops…
    I wish we had a law requiring the country of origin to be listed on produce. Instead, I have to buy from farmer’s market stands – where all the farmers are super-local.

  12. cityhippyfarmgirl

    Oh I wasn’t expecting that. You just made me blush!…not sure what to say :-)
    Autumn is a beautiful time of year especially here in Sydney, definitely my favourite season too. Looks like those new season pears got the perfect home. I recently was given a little tart similar to this and was wondering how to try and replicate it, so thankyou Amy.

  13. crustabakes

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous pictures! and delicious no pastry pear tarts to welcome the autumn. I am also liking the idea of eating seasonally. It doesnt make sense to spend excessively on food that has travelled halfway around the globe.

  14. marla

    It is amazing to watch you guys move into fall! These pear tarts are gorgeous!

  15. Sense of Home

    The pears and the tarts both look delicious. All your photos are beautiful!


  16. Rosa

    Delicious looking tarts! So pretty and tempting.



  17. Angie@Angiesrecipes

    I love those mini torte :-)) They are so very pretty and tempting!

  18. Sue

    Beautiful tarts! Your photos are STUNNING!

  19. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts


    Autumn is my favourite time of year too and I am SO happy that we are finally getting some cooler days :)

  20. Joanne

    Autumn is my favorite season as well, and it’s definitely a great one for produce and eating locally! These pears are adorable and sound like they make for such great tarts!

  21. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    The browned butter with pears sounds fabulous, such a great pairing of rich nutty butter with juicy sweet pears.

  22. Shirley@kokken69

    Such beautiful photos! Those tarts are truly sensational!

  23. Phuoc’n Delicious

    What a stunningtart! I love the fruits coming in during Autumn and using them to bake delicious goodies. Just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say your pics are beautiful!

  24. penny aka jeroxie

    What a great idea… I love this apple pear by itself as well.

  25. lindsay

    Oh yum! What cute little tarts and beautiful photos! I love when brown butter is hiding in my baked goods, this reminds me of financier batter, and it sounds delicious.

  26. Cooking Gallery

    The tarts look gorgeous and freaking delicious…!

  27. Lisa

    oh these look divine!! How wonderful!

  28. Courtney Jones

    I absolutely love your blog. It makes me smile. Your photos are fantastic! I cannot wait to try this recipe :) Enjoy your day!

  29. Lara

    These look GORGEOUS! They’ve just been added to my to-do list :)

  30. Aussie_Berrie


    And the food looks YUMMY!!

  31. Felicia

    Looks divine! I want to bake so badly!

  32. tasteofbeirut

    These little tarts are so beautiful impossible to resist; will be trying them soon with pears or another fruit!

  33. Mika

    I love tiny pears!!! They are the only variety I eat…so crunchy…I love their texture more than their taste…
    I couldn’t find their name…

  34. Sally – My Custard Pie

    So glad to find your lovely blog (after your visit to mine). I’ve been meaning to make pear tarts for a while and this recipe is right up my street. Lovely, lovely pics too.

  35. grace

    what a pretty creation! and bonus–no finicky pastry sheets involved! this is a lovely treat, and your blog is simply exquisitely done. bravo. :)

  36. chelle

    i love your photography for these. simply gorgeous! i miss the fresh fruits i used to have when i was studying in aussie. esp strawberry season. my my, i go crazy buying ’em. 😉

  37. Eating in Winnipeg

    Gorgeous photos. Your tarts look so delicious. I’m bookmarking this recipe.

  38. JohannaGGG

    brilliant idea to do away with the pastry – I agree that autumn is a beautiful month and these tarts look just right for it – lovely photography

  39. MultipleMum

    Visiting from Brydie’s blog. These look fab and will take care of a little issue I have with almonds and pears (no-one will touch them in our house and yet I have a glut!). Not being much of a baker, what could I use to bake them in if I don’t have those gorgeous little single serve tart things?

  40. Funkytime

    beautiful pictures! linking to you today;-)

  41. Sophie

    MMMMMM,…I made these tasty & appetizing pear tarts & my husband , my friends & I loved them so much!
    This is such a great recipe! Thanks!


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