About this recipe:This is a simple yet elegant dessert. Pears are poached in a caramel sauce made with butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. The pears are then baked on puff pastry until golden and delicious! Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy.
250g puff pastry (thawed if frozen)
75g soft brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons maple syrup
4 firm pears - peeled, cored, and halved
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:30min › Ready in:45min
Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
Roll puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thickness; transfer to a plate and place in the fridge.
Melt butter in a heavy based frying pan over medium heat; stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir maple syrup into brown sugar mixture; cook and stir until mixture begins to bubble. Remove pan from heat.
Place one pear half, cut side up, into the centre of pan. Cut remaining pear halves in half again; arrange pear quarters around the centre pear, cut side up.
Place pan over medium-low heat; cook pears, basting with syrup mixture, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
Remove puff pastry from fridge; place pastry over pears, tucking edges of pastry around pears inside the pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until pastry is puffed and golden, about 20 minutes; allow to cool for 5 minutes. Place a serving plate over the pan; invert to remove tart. Serve warm.