Food Friday: Easy & Fast Brandy Pear Tart

Easy & Fast Brandy Pear Tart - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca
A year ago I bought myself Martha Stewart’s Pies & Tarts book, and have loved baking everything possible. I’ve kind of fallen off baking quite as much, because Nic and I have no willpower when it comes to baked goods. If it’s there, we’ll eat it all. Right away. Oops. 
A lot of people get initimidated making pastry, and it does take practice, but this pear tart is incredibly easy: you’re not even making traditional pastry, so it’s a lot less finicky.
Ingredients:
2 ounces cream cheese (about 1/2 cup)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (about 1/4 cup, if you only have salted butter, don’t add the salt later)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and any necessary for dusting
1/2 cup white sugar, and any for dusting
1/8 teaspoon salt (unless you used salted butter)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brandy (Martha suggests pear brandy, I used regular, and I’ve also used amaretto in the past which was delicious)
1 ripe, firm pear
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Easy & Fast Brandy Pear Tart - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

1. Preheat the oven to 400*F.
2. Combine cream cheese and butter in a food processor, stand mixer, or in a bowl to use with a hand mixer.
3. Add the flour, 1/4 cup the sugar, salt, and process until combined. Dough will stay sticky, so don’t be worried.
4. Line a rimmed baking sheet, pie, or tart plate with parchment paper. Put some flour on your fingers and pat the dough in, it will be pretty sticky and messy.

Easy & Fast Brandy Pear Tart - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

5. Halve pear lengthwise, core, and cut into thin slices. Keep the skin on.
6. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and brandy.
7. Soak the pear slices in the mixture. When you’re plating it, shake the excess liquid off.

Easy & Fast Brandy Pear Tart - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca
8. Arrange the pear slices around the outer edge in whichever pattern you like, and then add another layer until you’ve placed all pear slices.
9. Sprinkle tart with 1 tablespoon white sugar and the cinnamon. 
10. Bake until golden, 25-30 minutes, making sure you rotate it halfway through to get an even bake.
Easy & Fast Brandy Pear Tart - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca
Yes, this pear tart is as delicious as it looks. We did finish it in one go. Oops. 
You can enjoy it warm or at room temperature. 

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