I 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
- 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
Preheat 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.
Time to eat…