Puff Pastry Pear Tart

Puff Pastry Pear Tart
Servings: 10 Prep 40 mins Bake 400°F 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet (half of 17-1/4-ounce package) frozen puff pastry
  • Cranberry Filling:
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Assembly and Topping:
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 ripe pears, peeled, halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • Jelly Glaze (recipe follows)
  • Fresh mint and whipped cream, for garnish

Make It

1. Thaw puff pastry according to package directions.

Prepare filling:

2. Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and cornstarch in small saucepan until blended. Stir in cranberries, currants, cinnamon and allspice. Bring to simmering over medium heat, stirring. Cook 5 minutes or until thickened and cranberries are tender. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts and lemon juice. Cool completely.

3. Cut puff pastry sheet in half. Roll out each half into 15 x 7-inch rectangle; square off sides. Place 1 rectangle on ungreased baking sheet; refrigerate.

Assembly and Topping:

4. Cut three 1-inch-wide lengthwise strips from remaining sheet; reserve scraps. With egg, brush 1-inch border around edge of rectangle on baking sheet, being careful not to get egg on edge of pastry; this will keep the pastry from rising properly.

5. Attach 2 strips down length of tart. Cut two 5-inch strips for ends from third strip; attach. Prick center of tart all over with fork. Freeze 10 minutes. If desired, cut pear shapes from pastry scraps for garnish.

6. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly brush tops of attached pieces with egg, without getting egg on edges; score lightly with knife if desired.

7. Bake tart in 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Bake cutouts for about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool.

8. Up to 3 hours before serving, spoon cranberry mixture in tart shell; spread level. Arrange pear slices on top; brush with Jelly Glaze. Garnish with mint and whipped cream, and pastry cutouts if desired. Makes 10 servings.

Jelly Glaze:

9. Heat 1/4 cup apple jelly and 2 teaspoons orange-flavored liqueur in saucepan until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 10; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 275, Fat, total (g): 9, chol. (mg): 21, carb. (g): 49, pro. (g): 3, sodium (mg): 42, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.