No Pastry Pear Tarts

Posted: April 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Recipe - Baking | Tags: , , , , | 43 Comments »

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.

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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.

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43 Comments on “No Pastry Pear Tarts”

  1. 1 Sukaina said at 10:12 pm on April 5th, 2011:

    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. 2 anh@anhsfoodblog said at 10:27 pm on April 5th, 2011:

    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. 3 Soma said at 10:31 pm on April 5th, 2011:

    Simply Gorgeous Amy!

  4. 4 Cherine said at 10:39 pm on April 5th, 2011:

    Those tartlets are irresistible!!

  5. 5 yummychunklet said at 11:02 pm on April 5th, 2011:

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

  6. 6 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy said at 1:45 am on April 6th, 2011:

    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. 7 Richard Elliot said at 9:47 am on April 6th, 2011:

    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. 8 OohLookBel said at 10:20 am on April 6th, 2011:

    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. 9 Rhonda (The Dainty Baker) said at 11:13 am on April 6th, 2011:

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

  10. 10 Holly Rose said at 6:06 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    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. 11 Joyti said at 6:24 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    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. 12 cityhippyfarmgirl said at 8:15 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    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. 13 crustabakes said at 10:42 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    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. 14 marla said at 10:55 pm on April 6th, 2011:

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

  15. 15 Sense of Home said at 11:12 pm on April 6th, 2011:

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


  16. 16 Rosa said at 3:25 am on April 7th, 2011:

    Delicious looking tarts! So pretty and tempting.



  17. 17 Angie@Angiesrecipes said at 4:42 am on April 7th, 2011:

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

  18. 18 Sue said at 10:34 am on April 7th, 2011:

    Beautiful tarts! Your photos are STUNNING!

  19. 19 Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said at 12:34 pm on April 7th, 2011:


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

  20. 20 Joanne said at 11:19 pm on April 7th, 2011:

    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. 21 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said at 11:59 am on April 8th, 2011:

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

  22. 22 Shirley@kokken69 said at 8:23 am on April 10th, 2011:

    Such beautiful photos! Those tarts are truly sensational!

  23. 23 Phuoc'n Delicious said at 10:56 pm on April 10th, 2011:

    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. 24 penny aka jeroxie said at 12:28 am on April 11th, 2011:

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

  25. 25 lindsay said at 12:32 am on April 11th, 2011:

    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. 26 Cooking Gallery said at 6:32 am on April 11th, 2011:

    The tarts look gorgeous and freaking delicious…!

  27. 27 Lisa said at 11:12 am on April 11th, 2011:

    oh these look divine!! How wonderful!

  28. 28 Courtney Jones said at 1:44 am on April 12th, 2011:

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

  29. 29 Lara said at 6:18 am on April 12th, 2011:

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

  30. 30 Aussie_Berrie said at 7:36 pm on April 13th, 2011:


    And the food looks YUMMY!!

  31. 31 Felicia said at 1:16 am on April 14th, 2011:

    Looks divine! I want to bake so badly!

  32. 32 tasteofbeirut said at 2:31 pm on April 14th, 2011:

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

  33. 33 Mika said at 4:10 am on April 16th, 2011:

    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. 34 No Pastry Pear Tartlets « Nom fu said at 5:34 am on April 16th, 2011:

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  35. 35 Sally - My Custard Pie said at 4:35 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    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.

  36. 36 grace said at 4:50 pm on April 19th, 2011:

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

  37. 37 chelle said at 10:29 pm on April 21st, 2011:

    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. 😉

  38. 38 Eating in Winnipeg said at 8:00 am on April 24th, 2011:

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

  39. 39 Blueberry Frangipane « Cityhippyfarmgirl said at 12:57 pm on May 12th, 2011:

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  40. 40 JohannaGGG said at 1:15 pm on May 12th, 2011:

    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

  41. 41 MultipleMum said at 8:33 pm on May 13th, 2011:

    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?

  42. 42 Funkytime said at 2:59 am on October 5th, 2011:

    beautiful pictures! linking to you today;-)

  43. 43 Sophie said at 6:33 pm on October 17th, 2011:

    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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