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Pear Tart Tatin
I've never made tart tatin before so I decided to ask Boo to help me make one. We chose pears for our fruit. There is some hot pan cooking to do so it's probably not a good recipe for little ones, but Boo is getting very good at stirring hot pans. If the Little Man had been able to tear himself away from Minecraft to help he could have rolled the pastry, all kids love that job.
So, after looking up loads of recipes I was surprised at how easy making a tart tatin was. Basically you cook your filling and put it in a pan and then cover it with puff pastry and cook it in the oven...upside down. Then you turn it over to serve. This keeps the fruit nice and juicy and the pastry dry and puffed.
We kept ours quite simple, but now we've made one I'm sure we will be experimenting more.
100g caster sugar
3 pears, peeled, cored and cut in half
1 cinnamon stick
1 packet of puff pastry
roll out the pastry and use the tin to cut around a circle
put the butter and sugar in a large frying pan and cook until hot then add the cinnamon stick
add the pear pieces and stir until covered
turn down heat a little and cook pears until soft and caramelized
arrange the pears in the bottom of the tin
cover with the pastry circle
bake for around 20 minutes until pastry is golden
leave to cool for about 10 minutes then put a plate over the tin and turn upside down until the tart comes out onto the plate.
serve warm with whipped cream
Not the prettiest of desserts, but very tasty.
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