This rustic french pear pie is an easy-to-make crowd pleaser, perfect for holiday season! Impressive look is just an icing!
I love French desserts. There’s something about them so elegant, sophisticated, yet rustic! Plus, it’s so fun to say it out loud. Let’s say it together: “Tarte Tatin!” 🙂 Right?
Anyway, every fall when I get too much pumpkin everything, I turn to my next favorite autumn dessert that has nothing to do with pumpkin.
Unlike pecan pie, or pumpkin pie, this french pear pie is light and fruity, which makes it perfect for after dinner treat.
And that’s not all, this beautiful upside down pear pie is surprisingly easy to make too. Here’s a quick run down…
We’ll start with making “caramel” base with butter and sugar.
Then we’ll arrange cut up pears in a beautiful order over bubbling caramel sauce. A perfect sight for a type A like myself, right?
Let the pears simmer in the caramel sauce until they’re nice and soft. A sprinkle of spices for a hint of warmth.
So now we’ll cover the bubbling fruits with a pie crust, tucking the edges in, and in to the oven it goes! This why you’ll need an oven proof skillet, like cast iron skillet or this Anolon one (my favorite).
But if you only have a regular non-stick pan, no worries. You can still use it, but you’ll need to completely wrap the handle with aluminum foil to cover all the parts that could melt in hot oven.
Once the pie is baked completely, we’ll have to flip the pie into a serving platter. In my case, just a regular pie dish. This step always gives me a little anxiety. Yeah, after 10+ times of baking this pear pie, I still get that feeling. But if you’re careful, it’ll be just fine.
To flip the pie, you’ll need a cookie sheet and a oven mitts. And turn it AWAY from yourself, so that the hot juices are not splash you. Speaking of juices, you can carefully drain some of the excess juices before flipping to serve with the pie later.
And homemade whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream is a darn good idea.
Pear Tarte Tatin
- 4-5 ripe firm pears
- Juice of one lemon or produce protector
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 pie crust
- Peel and core the pears. Quarter them, but leave one half of the pear for the center. Sprinkle some lemon juice, or produce protector to prevent the pears from browning.
- In an oven-safe 10-inch skillet*, melt the butter on medium heat.
- Add the sugars and cook until the mixture bubbles and turns slightly brown.
- Place the reserved pear half in the middle of the pan. And arrange the pear quarters around the half pear cut size up.
- Cook the pears uncovered until the butter mixture is caramelized and turned deep brown color, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg over the pears.
- Roll the pie dough into 10-inch circle.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and place it on the baking sheet.
- Cover the pears with pie crust. Tuck in the edges, using a spatula, if necessary.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned.
- Cover the pie with a lid and very carefully tilt the skillet slightly to pour the sauce into a small bowl. Again be very careful not to mangle the pie.
- Place 9-inch pie dish over the skillet and quickly flip the pie over. When you flip, make sure to put oven mitts on and flip AWAY from yourself.
- Cool to room temperature before serving. If desired, serve with homemade whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.
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This recipe was originally published on January 10th, 2014.
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