On the 1st Day From My Kitchen, I give to you, my Rustic Apple Pear Tart Recipe. 

Rustic Apple Pear Tart, findingourwaynow.comI love making this Rustic Apple Pear Tart. This is the time of year when we see some great apples and pears. Not far from where we live there is an apple festival called “Apple Hill” that goes from just after Labor Day to the end of December. As the name implies, it’s all about apples and the fall harvest. That is one of the many reasons I enjoy fall so much. There is nothing better in my mind then the wafting of a baking apple pie on a cold and blustery day. I do so love this time of the year for that very reason. I have a number of recipes that I use for apples and pears. One of these recipes is this super easy “Free Form Rustic Apple Pear Tart”.

So, let’s get on to the recipe.

Rustic Apple Pear Tart

Rustic Apple Pear Tart, findingourwaynow.com


    • 1 Pie crust (Pillsbury Pie Crust)
    • 1 Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
    • 1 Bosc pear – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
    • 2 ½ tablespoons butter
    • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
    • Pinch of Cinnamon
    • Dash of freshly grated nutmeg


Rustic Apple Pear Tart, findingourwaynow.comPreheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or Silpat. Roll the pie crust dough on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the entire surface of the pie crust with 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Arrange the apple and pear slices alternately on the pie crust leaving about a 2-inch boarder for folding. Sprinkle apples and pears evenly with sugar. Dust with a pinch of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg over the apples and pears and then dot with 1 tablespoon of butter. Fold the edge over the prepared filling, leaving the center uncovered. Brush the folded dough edge with ½ tablespoon butter and evenly sprinkle with a ½ tablespoons sugar around the folded dough edge. Place the prepared tart in the center of the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and garnish with small gingerbread cookies.

Notes: Brushing the butter on the crust is essential. So don’t miss this step. You can make this tart with just apples, pears, or other fresh fruits of your choice. It works just as well. I bake the tart for the shortest time and then add time as needed.

That’s all there is to it. It’s such a fun recipe to make at the drop of a hat. This apple pear tart is great for guests and fun for kids. The aroma of this baking tart alone will make you want to make this over and over again. Enjoy.

Happy cooking…

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  • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

    I am not a cook so I am going to ask what might be a stupid question: can you substitute peaches for apples in this? One recipe. Two deserts. :)

    • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

      OK I just answered my own question. I did not read that last note carefully enough. Duh…

      • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

        HA, HA. I do exactly the same thing. It does pay to read it all the way through, huh… LOL

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      The answer is yes. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.owens.790 Mike Owens

    You had me until Bosc. For me, it’s Bartlett or nothing, but I know they would suck in a pie.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Mike, I love Bosc pears in this recipe. When it comes to cooking pears, Bosc holds up much better the Bartlett’s. However, Bartlett’s are my favorite eating pear. :-)

  • HB

    OK, I’m definitely in on this now. I would love to win one of this. Subscribed, liked and followed. Comments to come. BTW: Love this recipe.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi HB, Way cool. I wish you the very best of luck with this. :-)

  • A.K. Andrew

    Yum! Sounds delicious & so easy. My kind if baking :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi A.K., Thanks, it really is and it is mine too… LOL

  • http://joannerambling.wordpress.com/ Jo-Anne

    Yummy it looks awesome

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jo-Anne, That it is, if I don’t say so myself. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethany.lee.77 Bethany Lee

    you know, I have never used the pillsbury pie crusts. I always make my own. I wonder if using these would get me to make pies, or tarts, more often. :-) This looks very tasty, too!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Bethany, You can use both homemade or prepared with this recipe. The Pillsbury pie crust with the butter works very well. When you don’t have the time to make your own. :-)_

  • Elizabeth Scott

    I can not wait to try this. I have been to Apple Hill and love cooking with apples. I will have to try it.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi elizabeth, Apple Hill is the best. I am sorry I wasn’t able to make it this year. When you make this, let me know what you think. :-)

  • Catarina Alexon

    Wow Susan that sounds fantastic! Will hae to try it for sure!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Catarina, Its fun to make too. Let me know what you think when you make one of these. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/m4bmarketing Susan Oakes

    I would not have thought of combining apples and pears. The recipe looks delicious Susan

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Susan, It is a match made in heaven. I love the combination. :-)

  • http://writespeaksell.com jeannettepaladino

    Susan — the recipe looks yummy. As soon as I see a recipe that says “roll the pie crust” I’m outta here. I’ve never been good at baking pies with crusts. Cakes and cheesecakes, yes. I buy my pies!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeannette, This might be to one for you. It’s pretty full proof… LOL. BTW: I haven’t forgotten your cheese cake recipe. That is coming after the first of the year for a Valentine’s Day treat.

  • Jon Jefferson

    I have been thinking of making this style of tart for a little while now. I am thinking maybe a little goat cheese would go quite well in the mix as well.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jon, It is a fun and easy recipe to make. I think you’ve got something there with the goat cheese addition. :-)

  • Lubna

    I wish I could fly over and share this apple pie with you, you wouldn’t mind sharing a slice would you? :-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Lubna, Me too, and I would LOVE to share a slice with you. :-)

  • Gina Baker

    Where is the ice cream? :) My husband especially would love it. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Gina, I didn’t have any ice cream on hand for picture… Sigh! I think he would. It is one of our household favorites. :-)

  • Grace

    This looks delicious, and healthy!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Grace, It is that. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

  • Lisa J. Jackson

    This looks like a recipe I can follow (I’m terrible in the kitchen). But I already use the pie crusts for the one thing I *can* bake, apple pie, and I also use Granny Smiths, so, yeah, I think there’s a good chance I can make this tart – and have it be edible! thanks :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Lisa, Yeah!!! It’s super easy and I always love the fact that everyone thinks I slaved over it. Have fun with it and let me know how it went. :-)

  • Margaret Duarte

    Yum, Susan. I’ll give it a try.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Margaret, Cool, let me know how it turns out. :-)

  • Kelly Wade

    Yum! I think mixing up a regular apple bake with some pears thrown in would make it an extra delicious dessert. This seems like a perfect dish to have at a Christmas gathering. Thanks for sharing the recipe (and the hint about not skipping brushing the butter).

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Kelly, I love this recipe because I can throw it together in a flash and it is always a big hit when I do. Enjoy. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Yum. Maybe I can convince hubby to give this one a try. I do so love the fruits of his labor ;)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, That would be cool if he did try this recipe. My husband is a very good cook in his own right and I too enjoy his creations. :-)

  • http://biz.leoraw.com/about/ Leora Wenger

    Yum. I used to make pies, but my pie-loving child left for college this fall and my other two prefer cookies or cake. Maybe I’ll make a pie when he comes home for winter break … Maybe my other kids would like it if it’s a tart? Doubtful.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Leora, It’s funny how that works. One of my kids loves and makes pies too, while the other not so much. Chocolate fudge is her thing . So the solution has always been to make both… LOL. Not that I need the calories or anything mind you. D

  • http://biz.leoraw.com/about/ Leora Wenger

    Yum. I used to make pies, but my pie-loving child left for college this fall and my other two prefer cookies or cake. Maybe I’ll make a pie when he comes home for winter break … Maybe my other kids would like it if it’s a tart? Doubtful.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahSimplyMe Sarah

    This looks So good! I pinned it. Something I must try. Yummy! Love the pear addition to it too. Sounds heavenly! :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Sarah, I believe this recipe has your name written all over it. :-), When you make it, I know you will… LOL, let me know what you think. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dbcurrie Donna Currie

    I love the rustic-style tarts, and I also love that you used pears with the apples. Pies are a little more interesting when you use more than 1 flavor, right?

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Donna, Thank you, I absolutely agree with you. To me, the combination is a marriage made in heaven. :-)

  • Maribel Reyes

    Oh my goodness this looks absolutely delicious! Perfect for a cold fall night.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Maribel, It is one of my favorite recipes for the very reason you mentioned. Enjoy. :-)

  • Stephanie Ruby Feldman

    I love doing this! A regular in our house!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Stephanie. Ours too. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/InkkReviews Krisha & Katie

    This would be PERFECT with vanilla bean ice cream. And I like the idea of adding the pear with the apples.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Krisha, This is one of my favorite combos. A good vanilla bean ice cream with this is just as you said, a perfect combo. :-)

  • John Barton

    Hi Susan Looks like the perfect recipe for success! Janet says so! Great to keep in touch – I am easing off over Christmas – wish you and yours all the best for the upcoming Festive Season.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi John, Janet would know… LOL. Have the best of holidays my friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Angelchica Jacqueline Cheung

    I just realized I’ve never actually had a dessert with pears AND apples in it.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jacqueline, Oh, then you must give this a try. It will make you a convert. :-)

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