About this recipe:Using the Hasselback method to thinly slice the pears makes this puff pastry tart look so elegant! It looks even better if you use the different coloured pears suggested in the recipe.
1 sheet frozen puff pastry - thawed and lightly rolled
2 Williams pears, halved and cored
2 Anjou pears, halved and cored
1 red pear, halved and cored
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced
115g cream cheese
65g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon demerara or raw sugar
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Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Arrange puff pastry into a 25cm square tart tin with loose bottom.
Place a pear half, cut-side down, onto a work surface. Place a chopstick above and below the pear half, so the pear is framed on the top and bottom. Thinly slice the pear half lengthwise, stopping when the knife hits the chopstick and leaving 1/2 cm at the bottom of the pear intact. Repeat with the remaining pear halves.
Place hasselbacked pears in a bowl; add caster sugar and lemon juice and gently toss to coat. Let hasselbacked pears stand for 5 minutes.
Mix cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract together in a bowl; spread over puff pastry. Arrange hasselbacked pears over cream cheese layer, cutting some of the halves into quarters if needed to fit them in. Slightly fan out each pear and drizzle any accumulated juices from the pear bowl over pears. Sprinkle demerara sugar over tart.
Bake in the preheated oven until pastry is puffed and lightly browned and juices are bubbling, about 35 minutes. Cool tart for 15 minutes before slicing.