Upside-down Carmelized Pear Tart – Pear Tart Tatin

Easy dessert for Valentine’s Day

I’ve discovered a really easy – and very delicious – desert, Tarte Tatin aux Poires.  Tarte Tartin is traditionally made with apples but pears make a tasty change.

Pear Tart Tatin

Serves 4

Double the recipe to serve more – or hungrier – people


  • 4 firm pears (or 5, if they’re small) – cored and quartered.  I then cut the quarters into 3 or 4
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces, 45 gr.) butter
  • ¼ cup (50 gr.) sugar
  • Pastry for top – I use ready-made all-butter flaky pastry, you can use whatever you like.

Baking dish – I use a gratin dish that’s about 20 cm (4.5 inches) across and 5 cm (2 inches) deep

Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C)

  • Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat
  • Add the sugar and the pears
  • Cook, stirring from time to time, until the pears are cooked, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium high and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pears and sugars are a deep golden brown.  Don’t be tempted to stop too early!
  • Pile the pears into an unbuttered round dish
  • Place the pastry on top of the pears and tuck the edges down into the dish
  • Bake until the pears are bubbling and the pastry is golden – 35 minutes ( I actually only cook it for about 15 minutes because the pears are already cooked and all you want to do is cook the pastry.  It depends on your oven)
  • Take the tart out of the oven and right away cover the dish with a plate, invert it, and release the baking dish.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature
  • You can serve it plain, with whipped cream, crème fraiche, or – my favourite – chocolate sauce.

Printable pdf version of Pear Tart Tatin Recipe

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