These crazy easy puff pastry pear tartlets are only made with pears, puff pastry dough, egg wash, and sugar. So good, they’ll rival your favorite bakery.
Are you the kind of person who always reached for pear tartlets when you hit the bakery? Well, guess what? They couldn’t be any simpler to make at home – especially when you take a shortcut of store bought puff pastry!
Homemade Puff Pastry: If you’re feeling up to it, use our recipe for homemade puff pastry and make these tartlets 100% from scratch.
How to Properly Core & Slice a Pear
Before you start making your pear tartlets, we’re going to cover off on how to properly core and slice the pears.
- Slice Off the Stem: Slice or pull the steam off the top of the pear.
- Slice the Pear: Next, slice the pear in half.
- Spoon Out the Seeds & Bottom Stem: Using a melon baller or spoon, remove the seeds from the core using a circular motion. Next, remove the bottom stem.
- Slice the Pear: Core-side down, slice the pear into thin pieces.
Making this Easy Pear Tartlets
This four-ingredient pear tartlet is so easy to make, you can hardly call it a recipe.
- Prep the Pears: Clean, core, and slice the pears.
- Roll Out the Puff Pastry: Next, roll the puff pastry out into a thin, flat piece on a floured work surface and slice it into squares.
- Assemble the Pear Tartlets: Place the puff pastry squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top each square with a handful of pear slices, leaving the edges free to account for the tart crust. Whisk the egg and brush the tops of the tartlets with it. Sprinkle on some sugar.
- Bake the Tartlets: Bake the tartlets at 415°F for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Expert Tips & Tricks for the Best Tartlets
Follow these three tips and tricks to make the most out of your pear tartlets.
- Keep the peel on the pears. The peel adds such a nice texture and pop of color to the tartlets. Save yourself the hassle and keep it on!
- Add cinnamon to the tartlets. For a spicy kick, add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top of the tartlets. This is perfect for fall!
- Swap out the white sugar for brown sugar. For a deeper flavor, swap the white sugar for brown sugar.
Craving pear tartlets for dessert? Serve the tartlet warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Storing & Reheating Your Pear Tartlets
While these tartlets are best eaten warm straight out of the oven, you can store and reheat your leftovers wonderfully. Here’s how:
- Storing: To keep the pair tartlets on hand for up to 3 days, store the tartlets in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature to prevent them from turning stale. To keep them on hand for up to a week, store them in the fridge.
- Reheating: To reheat the tartlets, place them in the oven for 5 minutes until warmed through or pop them in your air fryer. Just make sure not to overcook them or they’ll dry out!
What are the best pears for pear tartlets?
You can use concorde, d’anju, bosc, or barlett pears. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even use a combination of a couple of different kinds for complexity and color.
What is the sweetest pear you can use for pear tartlets?
Comice pears are the sweetest variety of the bunch. They are really fruity and juicy and typically hard to find in most grocery stores.
How ripe should the pears be for baked pear tartlets?
It’s ideal for the pears to be ripe, yet slightly firm. You want them to be sweet, but not so mushy that they don’t hold their texture well during baking.
Can you use frozen pears for this pear tartlet?
You should not use frozen pears for this pear tartlet. They don’t tend to bake well and get super mushy in the oven. They will also release moisture that will make the puff pastry slightly soggy.
Can you freeze these pear tartlets?
It’s not a good idea to freeze these pear tartlets. They don’t tend to bake well from frozen and will to lose their fresh-out-of-the-oven taste and texture.
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- 4 medium pears
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
- Clean the pears, cut them in half, core them, and slice them into very thin pieces.
- Lightly roll out the puff pastry and dive it into 4×4 in. pieces. Assemble the pastry pieces in a single layer on a lined baking sheet.
- Place a handful of pears in the center of the puff pastry squares, leaving the edges uncovered.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg with 1 tsp of water. Brush the tops of the tartlets with the egg wash.
- Generously sprinkle sugar on each tartlet.
- Bake the tartlets at 415°F for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Serve right away and enjoy!