Quick & Easy Honey Pear Tart
Here we go! Pie week is coming to an end, but I sort of don’t want to say goodbye! How do you feel? What’s been your fave so far?
I saved one of the best recipes for the very last day. It’s a texture and flavor paradise, not to mention laughably easy which frees up your time for other desserts and dishes during the holiday season. And guess what? It’s Harry and David round 2, complete with ANOTHER giveaway. I received so much wonderful feedback about the first giveaway, so obviously a sequel had to happen. I secretly love how much you love fruit. ♥
So you know the deal: Harry and David hand-picked high-quality southern Oregon pears are a delicacy. They asked me to create a couple recipes this fall and I went with a cinnamon apple pear crisp to kick off the fun. Crisps are completely my weakness and you know what’s even better? They’re EASY. We love easy. Keeping this whole convenient and simple theme in mind, I decided to spotlight their pears in another completely approachable and delicious recipe: a pear pastry tart combining honey, sea salt, almonds, and… wait for it… goat cheese.
Not only do we all love fruit, we ALL love fruit and cheese. Btw I was tempted to make this with blue cheese, but was afraid you’d run for the hills. Who are my fellow blue cheese lovers?
So here’s the situation with this quick and easy honey pear tart. You’ll begin with puff pastry, which is a blessing in the whole time-saving scene. Helloooo caramel apple turnovers! It usually comes in 2 sheets, which you’ll roll out and combine into 1 sheet. Just keep using your rolling pin to mold them together. Fold over the edges, crimp with a fork. Not too tricky, right?
Grab the fresh pears, slice ’em thin, mix with a little coarse sugar. That crunch of coarse sugar on the soft, sweet pears is utterly divine. (Also: should have added a sprinkle of cinnamon. Wouldn’t that be unreal with these flavors? Or maybe some savory herbs like rosemary or thyme? Let’s all try it.)
Brush the pastry with an egg wash, then sprinkle with your favorite goat cheese. Again, use blue cheese if you’re a diehard fan like yours truly!! Line the pears up on the puff pastry– just pack them in as many as you can. Top with sliced almonds and sea salt.
We’ll add the honey at the end. 🙂
How beautiful is this already? Wait until you taste it.
The honey will seep into the pears. So we literally have a bed of puff pastry, topped with goat cheese, lined with pears, and drizzled with honey. Kevin and I both agreed that this is one of the most delicious dishes to come out of the kitchen lately. And I love that it can totally double as a dessert and an appetizer. In fact, now that I type that, I’m 100% putting this on my Friendsgiving hors d’oeuvre menu. Quick & easy, great food, great flavor, great pears, done and done!
PS: the return of the eat dessert first fork!
Quick & Easy Honey Pear Tart
- 1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon milk
- 8 ounces goat cheese
- 2 large pears, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons coarse sugar (or brown sugar!)
- 1/4 cup Diamond of California sliced almonds
- sea salt for sprinkling
- honey for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Line a 12x17 inch baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Unroll the pastry sheets on a floured work surface. Place the edge of one over the other and use a rolling pin to adhere them together. Roll the whole thing out into a 10x14 rectangle. Fold over the edges and crimp down with a fork. Crimping is much easier the colder the pastry is, so place into the refrigerator to chill if needed.
- Brush the entire pastry, edges included, with egg wash. Top with goat cheese.
- Toss the pear slices and coarse sugar together. Line the pears on top of the pastry. Sprinkle with almonds and sea salt.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack, and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle with honey before slicing and serving.
Make ahead tip: Assemble the tart through step 4. Place in the refrigerator up to 1 full day, then bake and serve. So easy!
Have fun with this pear tart! You can switch up the cheese or maybe use chopped pistachios or walnuts instead of almonds. And/or add some cinnamon or savory herbs like rosemary or thyme.
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IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!
Three (3) winners will each win a 12-Month Signature Classic Fruit of the Month Club, beginning this December in time for the holidays! This includes a shipment every month to your doorstep of:
- January: Bosc Pears
- February: Honeybells
- March: Signature Cara Cara Oranges
- April: Pineapples
- May: Giant Strawberries
- June: Honey Mangos
- July: Cherry-Oh!® Cherries
- August: Signature Oregold® Peaches
- September: Dark Sweet Plums
- October: Royal Riviera® Pears
- November: Signature Season’s Best Apples
- December: Royal Riviera® Pears
Here’s how to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you’re confused on how to enter, let me help. The first step is to log-in inside the giveaway box above. You can do this with Facebook or with an email address. Once you are logged in, the first and mandatory entry option is to leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite pie or tart recipe. You are now entered in the giveaway. At this point, you can quit, or you can carry on and enter more times via the other ways listed. The only one you absolutely have to click on to get into the draw is the “leave a blog post comment.”
- This giveaway is only open to the US.
- Giveaway ends Friday, November 11th at 12am EST
- The winners will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter, emailed, and announced on this post on that day.
This giveaway and recipe are sponsored by Harry and David.