Pear Tarte Tartin
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- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 16 Forelle pears*, halved, stems and seeds removed
- 1/2 (17.3-ounce) package puff pastry, thawed
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
- 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 375˚.
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water. Cook until mixture turns dark amber in color, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in the butter, vanilla-bean seeds, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.
- Place 4 pear halves into each of 4 (4-inch) square tart pans, cut side down; pour syrup over pears. Bake for 10 to 18 minutes, or until pears are soft and syrup is thick. Let cool for 10 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry sheet, and cut into quarters. Place each pastry square atop pears, tucking edges of dough between pears and sides of pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
- Invert a plate over each tart pan. Using a potholder to protect your hands, carefully invert the tarts onto the plates. Serve warm with whipped cream.
- Forelle pears are petite, firm-fleshed pears.