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Walnut Grove Recipes

Pear & Almond Tart Tatin

Pear and almond tart tatn


Serves 4

  • 2 pears
  • puff pastry
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp whole almonds
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds
  • 25g butter


1. Put butter and sugar into an 8" frying pan (that will fit into your oven - metal handle) and gently simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Peel and quarter pears. Carefully place into frying pan, ensuring that each pear quarter is touching the base of the pan and they are evenly distributed.

3.Sprinkle the almonds over the pears, butter & sugar and continue cooking until the underside of the pears are golden brown.

4. Remove from heat and carefully place the puff pastry over the top of the pan, and place in a preheated oven, 180°C or 375°F.

5. Cook until pasty has risen and is golden brown, approx 15 minutes.

6 Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 15 to 0 minutes.

7.Place a clean serving plate upside down over the pan, and turn over quickly. It is now ready to serve.

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Serving Suggestions

You can either serve this warm - straight from the oven, or chilled. It is always nice with either créme frâiche or whipped cream, and even nicer with a scoop of lovely homemade ice cream.

Advanced preparation

This is best made on the day of consumption, but will keep for a couple of days once it is made.

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