Ma Tante's Caramelized Pear & Ginger Tart

"This is a quick and easy dessert. It is the bomb. I love the combination of pears, almonds and candied ginger. I got this recipe from my is too die for. Hope that you enjoy it as much as we have. We use a shortbread pie crust for this recipe, feel free to use your favorite."
Ma Tante's Caramelized Pear & Ginger Tart created by BarbryT
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  • 4 pears, large, bartlett, peeled and quartered, cut 1 1/2 - 2-inch thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cup sugar, brown
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, candied, finely minced
  • 1 pie crust, unbaked
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 23 cup cream, hard (whipping cream)
  • 6 tablespoons almonds, ground
  • 4 teaspoons pear brandy (optional... may use pear nectar)
  • 1 cup cream, whipped cream, garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, candied, shredded, garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Peel and slice pears,
  • Caramelize the pears in butter and 3 tbsps sugar. Cook until a nice golden brown and set aside to cool.
  • Arrange the cooled, caramelized pears nicely in the unbaked pie crust.
  • Blend together the eggs, remaining sugar, minced candied ginger, cream, ground almonds and pear brandy or nectar.
  • Pour the custard mixture over the pears and place in a preheated oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. (or until done)
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before serving -- this is equally as good cold as it is warm.
  • When ready garnish with a large dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle remaining shredded candied ginger overtop.
  • Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
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  1. cookingpompom
    After being married 13 years my DH has dubbed this the best thing I have ever tried from this website - a VERY big compliment! My cooking time was longer and I used Josephine pears. Makes lots, I got 12 slices. I will be making this again. Made for ZWT French leg, The Fearless Red Dragons.
  2. JackieOhNo!
    This was a big hit at my Easter table and was definitely unique, to boot! As long as you love ginger, you will be a fan. This dessert is surprisingly not that sweet, but packs a lot of flavor punch. This was not very quick for me, though. It took quite a while for the pears to carmelize (let alone peel them), and I also had to grind the almonds and mince the ginger (which takes some time since it is so sticky). But, the effort was worth it, and I am so glad you shared your tante's recipe.
  3. BarbryT
    Completely utterly outstanding! Not too sweet but entirely luscious.
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