French Food Friday...Pear tarte Tatin


 photo and recipe from here

Bonjour from a cooler SW France,

The last few weeks have been hot and the last thing that I have felt like doing us using the oven more than is absolutely necessary.

We have had a storm which has brought a cooler change so I am in the mood for using the oven and this recipe is a favourite of both mine and FB..

Pear Tarte Tatin


  • 8 pears
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 500g block all-butter puff pastry


  1. Core the pears, then peel as neatly as possible and halve. If you like, they can be prepared up to a day ahead and kept in the fridge, uncovered, so that they dry out.
  2. Tip the sugar, butter, star anise, cardamom and cinnamon into an ovenproof frying pan, about 20cm wide, and place over a high heat until bubbling. Shake the pan and stir the buttery sauce until it separates and the sugar caramelises to a toffee colour.
  3. Lay the pears in the pan, then cook in the sauce for 10-12 mins, tossing occasionally, until completely caramelised. Don’t worry about them burning – they won’t – but you want to caramelise them as much as possible. Splash in the brandy and let it flambé, then set the pears aside.
  4. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Using a plate slightly larger than the top of the pan, cut out a circle, then press the edges of the circle of pastry to thin them out.
  5. When the pears have cooled slightly, arrange them in the pan, cut side up, in a floral shape, with the pears around the edge pointing inwards. Rest the cinnamon stick on the top in the centre, with the cardamom pods scattered around.
  6. Drape the pastry over the pears, then tuck the edges down the pan sides and under the fruit (see Gordon’s guide). Pierce the pastry a few times, then bake for 15 mins. If a lot of juice bubbles up the side of the pan, pour it off at this stage (see guide). Reduce oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and bake for 15 mins more until the pastry is golden. Leave the tart to stand for 10 mins, then invert it carefully onto a serving dish.
 bon appetit à tous, Leeann


  1. This looks amazingly delicious! I've always wanted to try making a Tarte Tatin... love how the dish originally came about as I'm a bit of a slap dash, clumsy cook so the whole making turning lemons into lemonade thing is perfect for me but I fear this dish is harder than I think to get right?? Wondering what it would be like on a short crust base, do you think it would work?
    x :) Tina

  2. This looks so good. I have to try it.

  3. I love this recipe , thanks for sharing this tasty recipe ingredients . I make it on this Sunday .

    Stock Photo

  4. I wait friday to see your recipe ...
    My favorite dish is tarte tatin, sweet or salt.
    Have a great week end.
    Bisou, Babi


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