This simple yet impressive dessert is always a winner and uses only 4 ingredients.  It is a great rescue dessert that can be easily thrown together when guests unexpectedly drop in or in the event of a culinary disaster, as the ingredients are pantry staples.

Unlike most recipes on this blog, this one is not mine but comes from The Chefs Toolbox recipe collection.  I wanted to share it with my readers as it is one of the best easy dessert recipes I have come across for a while and is perfect for entertaining.

Tarte tatin is traditionally made with apples, but it can be made with many fruits including bananas, pineapple, apricots or any stonefruit. If you like a touch of spice, add a little cinnamon or mixed spice at step 2.

To prepare this dish in advance, complete to the end of step 4 prior, then proceed from step 5 20 minutes before you are ready to serve dessert.

Ingredients (serves 4):
50g butter
100g caster sugar
4 pears, peeled, cored, and thickly sliced
1 sheet ready rolled frozen puff pastry, thawed

To serve:  cream or ice cream

22cm non-stick oven-proof frypan

Method (about 30 minutes including 25 minutes cooking):

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the butter and the sugar in a 22cm non-stick oven-proof frypan and stir over a medium heat on the stove until the butter is melted.
  3. Arrange the pear slices by overlapping them in a concentric circle over butter mixture.
  4. Cook over a medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar starts to caramelise and turns golden brown when bubbling up around sides of frypan. Remove the frypan from the heat.
  5. Place the pasty sheet over the pears, pressing down lightly and tucking excess down around sides.
  6. Place the frypan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the pastry is nicely browned.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 2 minutes.
  8. Invert onto a heatproof serving plate. Cut into slices and serve warm with cream or ice cream.

Bon appetit!

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  1. MMMMMM…Gail: this is pure deliciousness!!! Love it!! Indeed, lovely enjoyed with 2 scoops of ice cream or with a good pear sorbet!

  2. No reason why you can’t change the original recipe. Pears are just as sweet as apples!

  3. Hi Sophie, mmm I like the idea of pear sorbet!

    Duo Dishes – Absolutely I reckon most fruits would work well.

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