Pear frangipane tart with puff pastry is definitely a mouthful to say but making this French style pear tart couldn't be any easier. This pear tart with puff pastry is so easy to make and has a nut free frangipane made with flour and oats and puff pastry instead of a classic tart dough. This easy pear tart is not only delicious but makes a beautiful presentation when served at the holidays.
About this recipe:
The inspiration for this nut free pear frangipane tart is because I ran out of almond meal and I wanted to improvise and try something new. I am certainly glad I did because I think I may like it even more than the traditional French version made with almond meal.
Since this version is nut free pear frangipane tart, for the frangipane layer (almond cream), I use a combination of flour and ground quick cooking oats with the butter, sugar and egg and it works perfectly.
I omitted the almond extract and used vanilla instead. See my section about frangipane below if you want to make the traditional frangipane.
Here is a list of the ingredients you will need to make this pear tart. The full recipe can be found below:
- Puff pastry
- Pears (any variety)
- All purpose flour
- Quick cooking oats
- Vanilla extract
- Vanilla extract
Most of the ingredients you see listed are going to be for the frangipane layer.
Using Puff Pastry for this Pear Frangipane Tart
This pear frangipane tart uses store bought puff pastry so it is really easy. It is more about combining ingredients and a few steps that you need to do to make the presentation look beautiful.
If you are always looking for more ways to use puff pastry and wonder what to make with puff pastry that you have lying around then this is the perfect recipe for you.
I just love working with puff pastry!
Best Pears for this Frangipane Tart
You can use any pears you have access to for this recipe. I bought my pears from a local farmers market and I believe they were comice pears but they didn't say on the sign and I forgot to ask when I was buying them.
For the presentation, even though this is a very simple pear tart with puff pastry, I thought it would be nice to showcase the shapes of the pears by slicing the pears into thin strips. You do not need to peel or core the pears for this.
How to make this puff pastry pear tart
Cut the pears for this frangipane tart
First you will want to wash the pears. Then you cut a small bit off the bottom of your pear so it stands up firmly.
Now with a sharp knife, cut the pear in very thin slices starting from the outside, working your way to the center.
As you begin to make your way to the center of the pear, the cut shapes start to look more beautiful. You will eventually make your way to the area with the seeds and those are the slices you want to use for the puff pastry pear tart.
If the pear slices have a seed or two in them, just gently remove the seed and leave the cavity the seed came from intact. It all plays into a more rustic presentation!
You do not need to poach the pears for this recipe. It is so easy. You are just slicing the pears and then on to the assembling.
Make The Nut Free Frangipane
Frangipane is a delicious cream layer that is similar to custard but it is a little more stiff in its consistency. The frangipane sits either over puff pastry or a shortbread crust.
Now I always like to make my recipes easy by using what most people have on hand in their home. This recipe does not use almond meal and instead uses a mix of oats and all purpose flour.
If you want the traditional frangipane layer then go ahead and substitute almond flour for this part.
When you are making the frangipane, you will want to work with a food processor since it is better than a blender at blending up small amounts.
You will want to start with your quick cooking oats and flour and get that ground as finely as possible. Don't worry if there are some oat pieces visible.
After you do this just add the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla and blitz until a thick creamy and smooth mixture forms.
Assemble with the Puff Pastry
Once you have finished slicing your pears and making the frangipane it time to assemble the pear frangipane tart. You will want to roll your store bought puff pastry into a rectangle about 14x11 or about.
Then you will spread your frangipane leaving about ½ inch border on the puff pastry.
Once you do this you start adding your pears. I like to add them at different angles and some upside down and some right side up.
Add the glaze
Once the pear tart is in the oven, you can prepare your glaze of honey and vanilla. You will need to gently heat the two in a small sauce pan so it is thin and easy to brush on.
The glaze will be brushed on about 10 minutes before the tart is done baking.
The glaze is important for two reasons.
- First it adds extra flavor.
- Second, it adds a beautiful shine and golden color to the pear tart.
Once it is done baking you can serve it right away. It is great on it's own or with some ice cream. This pear tart is also really delicious at room temperature.
How to serve this pear tart with puff pastry
I love making this pear tart at the holidays and especially when it is pear season. To serve this tart, I like to slice it up into squares and leave it on the plate and let people grab a slice when they are ready.
You can dust it with a little powdered sugar or serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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- food processor
- 1 package of puff pastry thawed in the refrigerator
- 2 pears any variety
Nut Free Frangipane
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup quick cooking oats
- 4 tablespoon room temperature butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Pre heat your oven to 375 degrees
- Take your pears and slice them into ¼ inch strips from the top to the bottom. Do not peel your pears.
- Continue slicing the pears all the way to the center core of the pear. If seeds are in your slices just gently remove them.
- Set your sliced pears aside.
- Grab a food processor.
- Add your flour and oats and blitz until it makes a smooth mixture and most of the oats are ground up.
- Now add your sugar, butter, egg and vanilla and mix on medium speed until it forms a creamy mixture.
- Set your frangipane aside.
- Grab your puff pastry and place on a lightly floured surface so it does not stick.
- Gently roll your puff pastry into a rectangle about 14x11 long.
- Transfer your puff pastry on to a parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Once your puff pastry is ready, spoon on your frangipane on to the puff pastry leaving about ¾ inch on all sides without the topping.
- Once all the frangipane is spooned on, spread it around evenly.
- Now begin placing your pear slices on top of your frangipane. Mix and match the orientation of the slices a bit to make it look more natural.
- Place in your pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
- While your pastry is cooking, add your vanilla and honey to a sauce pan over medium low heat.
- Heat your honey mixture until it is thin and a good consistency to brush over top of the puff pastry.
- After 20 minutes, you should start to see your pastry browning and puffing up.
- Remove the pastry from the oven and begin brushing your pastry with the honey vanilla mixture.
- Once it is all coated (pastry and pears), place bak into your oven fro 10 minutes or until nice and golden brown.
- Serve immediately or store in an air tight container for up to 2 days.
Nutrition Values are estimates only.See full nutrition disclaimer here