Monday, October 22, 2007

pear & cream cheese tart with puff pastry


My dad recently brought me a large basket of Seckel pears from my brother's tree. These pears are small, but full of delicious flavor, and I had to figure out what I would do with them. I had a box of puff pastry in the freezer, browsed a few recipes on the web, and came up with this...

...which was perfectly delicious with a cup of tea.

Pear & Cream Cheese Tart with Puff Pastry

1 pound puff pastry

Pears ~ enough sliced to cover the top of a 12 x 17 inch jelly roll pan (sorry, I didn't measure this out)

1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

some cinnamon sugar

sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to form a 12.5 x 17.5 inch rectangle. Cut off 1/2 inch strips from each of the four sides and, moistening with a little water, place them on top of each corresponding edge of your large puff pastry rectangle ~ these form a raised border around the sides. Transfer pastry to baking sheet and chill for 1 hour.

Beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed til blended. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Spread evenly over puff pastry that has been chilled. Arrange pear slices nicely over the cream cheese layer; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and some almonds if desired.

Place in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, rotating baking sheet in oven about halfway through.

I didn't have any almonds, but thought they would also be nice on this. If your oven is on the hot side like mine, you might want to lower the temperature to 375 degrees.

This didn't last long at our house!



17 comments:

  1. Hi Deb
    I always copy down & try your recipes and they are always a hit with my family :-} This one looks fantastic (you had me with the cream cheese) :-}

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  2. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  3. That looks so yummy! I do love fresh pears.

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  4. Anonymous6:25 PM

    Sounds delicious!! I will have to try this recipe.
    Elise

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  5. I know what I am making ;-)
    Thank you xoxoxoxox Clarice

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  6. Sounds really good and looks really pretty!

    Manuela

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  7. Oh that looks soooooo good! I love pears and have a weakness for anything with cream cheese in it! What a combination. Thank you for sharing the recipe! A very pretty photo, too.

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  8. yummy...I don't think it would last at my house either...we love sweet anything at our house :o)
    ~simply stork~

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  9. Sounds delicious! I think I'll have to make this for my hubby when he arrives home!

    Thanks for the post!
    ~Katie

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  10. I made this for a church potluck for tonight. Lukily I figured since the puff pastry came in 2's I'd make a double batch. The kid's had it for an after school snack and now I have to hide it until the dinner at church.

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  11. This sounds very good, and easy to make to. After peeling the pears, of course!

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  12. This sounds very good, and easy to make to. After peeling the pears, of course!

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  13. Oh that looks soooooo good! I love pears and have a weakness for anything with cream cheese in it! What a combination. Thank you for sharing the recipe! A very pretty photo, too.

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  14. I know what I am making ;-)
    Thank you xoxoxoxox Clarice

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  15. That looks so yummy! I do love fresh pears.

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  16. Hi Deb
    I always copy down & try your recipes and they are always a hit with my family :-} This one looks fantastic (you had me with the cream cheese) :-}

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