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Cranberry-Pear Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin is a French upside down pie that’s traditionally made with apples. Here, tangy frozen cranberries tame the sweetness of fresh pears and a golden caramel topping.



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1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (½ 17.3-oz. pkg.)
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1 tsp. plus 1 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided
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½ cup packed dark brown sugar
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1½ cups frozen cranberries, rinsed but not thawed
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4 firm, ripe pears, such as Bartlett (2 lb.), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll puff pastry into 12-inch circle on sheet of wax paper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Coat bottom and sides of 10-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet with 1 tsp. butter. Spread brown sugar in even layer over bottom of skillet, and top with cranberries. Arrange pear slices in concentric circles, starting from outside edge of pan. Make 2 layers of pears.

3. Place skillet on burner, and cook 15 minutes over medium-high heat. Transfer skillet to oven, and cook 15 minutes more. Dot pear-cranberry mixture with remaining 1 Tbs. of butter, and lay puff pastry round over top.

4. Return pan to oven, and bake 30 minutes more, or until pastry is golden. Cool 15 to 20 minutes. Loosen edges of crust with spatula, then place large plate face down over pastry, and invert tart onto plate. Transfer any cranberries left in pan to top of tart.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
4 g
42 g
5 mg
155 mg
5 g
25 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Made this last night and it was delicious, however, to get it to look more like the photo, it seems you would have to put the pear [I used apple and it was great] in first. The pattern of the pear/apple is completely masked by the cranberries, if done as instructed. While it takes a long time to bake, it is super easy to make and well worth it.

My thoughts exactly! I am making it tomorrow, and will try it with pears on the bottom (the beauty was part of the appeal). Thanks for your input - makes me willing to try it as pictured rather than as written. Will let you know how it goes -