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Rustic Pear Tart, Simple Pear Dessert Recipe

Beautiful, Delicious, Easy, Holiday Dessert Recipe, Gluten Free Option

Rustic Pear Tart

Rustic Pear Tart: Easy pear dessert recipe, gluten free option - cornmeal batter base, then pears, walnuts & apricot jam on top.

This simple holiday dessert recipe is easy to make, not overly sweet, beautiful, delicious - perfect for any special occasion.

Cornmeal isn't usually found in a fancy dessert, but works wonderfully in our Rustic Pear Tart recipe - which is not at all rustic!

Total prep & cook time: 1 hr 10 min

12 Servings

Nutrition Data, 168g: 334 calories, 119 calories from fat, 52g carbohydrate, 14g fat, 228mg sodium, 29g sugars, 4g dietary fiber, 3g protein, 13% DV Vitamin A , very low in Cholesterol, good source of Vitamin B6. Estimated glycemic load: 28

Batter Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk mixed with 1 Tbsp egg replacer
  • OR: 1 Tbsp lemon juice plus enough nondairy milk to make 1/2 cup mixed with 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Gluten Free Option: Substitute 3/4 cup gluten free baking mix for the flour
  • 3/4cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
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Topping Ingredients:

  • 4 cups ripe pears (about 6 pears, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp melted vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Oil and flour a 10 inch spring form pan
  3. Cream together butter and sugar
  4. Beat in zest, vanilla, and egg replacer mixture
  5. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt and stir into butter mixture until just blended
  6. Spread batter evenly in pan
  7. Arrange pear wedges decoratively in a swirl pattern on top of the batter
  8. Sprinkle the pears with sugar and nuts and drizzle with butter
  9. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes
  10. Warm the apricot jam until thin enough to spread and brush over the warm cake
  11. Allow to cool completely before serving
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Recipe Tips:

To make this pear tart gluten free: Substitute gluten free baking mix for the all purpose flour.

You'll need a 10 inch spring form pan for this recipe.

Allow the tart to cool completely before serving.

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