Pear Tarte Tatin

Pear Tarte Tatin is a real treat, and is the perfect size to share. This recipe serves 2.


90 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
90 gm caster sugar
½ tsp mixed spice
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthways
4 cloves
2 small Packham pears, peeled, halved and cored
150 gm puff pastry

Preheat oven to 190C. Evenly scatter butter over the base of a shallow 15cm frying pan (with an oven-proof handle), then scatter sugar and mixed spice. Cross vanilla bean halves, then arrange pears on top, cut-side up, placing a clove in each pear half.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 5mm thick and cut out a 15cm-diameter circle or a circle large enough to cover pears completely, then cover pears with pastry, tucking around pears. Place pan over medium heat, and as butter starts to melt spoon liquid over pastry. Cook for 5 minutes or until butter and sugar caramelises and is golden. Place pan in oven for 20 minutes or until pastry is golden. Remove from oven and spoon caramel over pastry. Place a serving plate on top of pan, invert plate and pan and turn tart out onto the plate – be careful as caramel will be very hot. Serve immediately with anglaise to the side.