Vanilla pear tart recipe

This delightfully seasonal vanilla pear tart recipe has a light caramel glaze that perfectly complements the cheesecake-like filling.

Vanilla Pear Tart

Vanilla Pear Tart with Vanilla Caramel Glaze recipe
Ingredients for the pastry

1-1/4 cups all‐purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands Sea Salt
1/2 cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 large egg yolk, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
1‐2 tablespoons milk

Ingredients for the filling

1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
8 oz. cream cheese
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Ingredients for pears and glaze

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
2 large ripe pears

Directions for the pastry
  1. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine flour, sugar and salt. Blend.
  2. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Add egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Process only until particles begin to hold together. If mixture is still crumbly, add a bit more milk a teaspoon at a time.
  4. Shape dough into a ball and roll out between two sheets of wax paper into a 12‐inch round of even thickness.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  7. Peel one sheet of wax paper from the dough and place wax paper side up over a tart pan about1” deep and 9‐10” in diameter. Gently peel off wax paper and pat dough into pan, smoothing and pressing into bottom. Trim excess dough even with top of tart pan. Prick bottom of dough with fork.
  8. Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil and par bake for 50 minutes until bottom just starts to brown. Make filling and glaze while shell bakes.
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For the filling
  1. Beat together sugar and egg.
  2. Add cream cheese, sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until smooth.
  3. Remove foil from par baked shell, add cream cheese filling, reduce heat to 350 F and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until filling is barely set.
For the glaze
  1. Combine sugar and water in a small pan and heat over medium until boiling.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly golden.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Final assembly
  1. Peel, core and slice pears.
  2. Arrange on baked filling, brush with vanilla glaze and return to oven for 5 minutes to heat pears through.
  3. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 8 to 10

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