pear tart

300g pastry

4 ripe pears, peeled and chopped

15g butter

juice 1/2 lemon

250g mascarpone cheese

2 large eggs

100g caster sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp plain flour


  • Preheat oven to gas mark 6. 
  • Line a 24 cm pie dish with pastry and blind bake until the base is firm. 
  • Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Turn the oven down to gas mark 3.
  • Melt butter in a small pan, add lemon juice, followed by the pears.
  • Cook the pears until translucent and soft.
  • Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and arrange in the pastry case. 
  • Mix mascarpone, eggs, sugar, vanilla and flour together until smooth. 
  • Spoon the mascarpone mix over the pears and smooth the surface.
  • Bake for around 45 minutes, until the filling is golden and set.

Delicious either alone or served with homemade fior di latte.