Homemade Pear Custard Tart

by kimbesa

We love this homemade dessert of fruit and custard. It's an easy recipe. It comes out with a little crust, that helps it stay together on the plate.

Our backyard pear tree produced a big crop this year. We enjoyed eating them in a sweet custard tart that makes its own crust.

I think they’re the Comice variety, based on their shape and when they started to ripen.

The early fruit ripened in a bowl on the counter in about a week. The pears we picked at the end of August needed only a few days.

Now that we know what to expect of this tree, we’ll be planning more pear desserts to make at home next year. As for the recipe, it might adapt to some apples, depending on what we find fresh at the farmer’s market.

In any case, this sweet treat didn’t last long at our house.

Photos by kimbesa

Home Baked Pear Tart

Pear custard tart
Pear custard tart

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Pear Custard Tart Recipe

Pear Custard Tart Recipe

Prep time 20 min  -  Total time 60 min
Ingredients for 6 servings
¼ cup butter (half a stick) melted  • 3-4 large ripe pears (peeled, cored and sliced)  • 3 large eggs  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar  • ¾ cup milk  • 2 teaspoons vanilla  • ¼ teaspoon salt  • 1/3 cup flour

Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” oven glass pie dish and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the half stick of butter, on the stovetop or in a microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, mix the eggs, sugar, milk, melted butter, vanilla, salt and flour until smooth. Set aside.

Peel, core and slice the pears, and arrange them in the buttered pie dish.

Pour in the custard mixture and place dish in the oven. Bake about 40-45 minutes, until the center is just set. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (2 Votes)

Pear Tart Tips

Things I've learned making this dessert
  • Try Bartlett or Comice pears, if you’re buying them in your produce market. You will want firm, ripe fruit
  • Fill the pie dish full, but not too full, with the custard mixture, lest it overflow
  • Use a pie shield in the oven, to catch drips
  • Mix the custard, then peel and slice the pears into the pie dish
  • Allow time for the tart to cool before serving. It should be warm or room temperature, but not hot

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Fresh Pears

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Comice Pears Are Good!

Our pears are green with a red blush. They are very juicy and ripened in mid to late August. I believe they are Comice, because of their juiciness, shape and size.

Comice pears are good for fresh eating and for baking. Can't wait to try them out on a fruit and cheese tray, based on my results with the pear custard tart.

Easy Tart to Make at Home

Homemade pear custard tart
Updated: 09/02/2013, kimbesa
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kimbesa on 08/25/2017

No, still working of being able to make a consistently good crust from scratch. I have pizza crust down. It will just take more practice to get good at making crust for pies and tarts.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/25/2017

kimbesa, Have you come up with an apple and pear custard tart recipe?

kimbesa on 07/22/2017

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will enjoy this recipe!
Pears will be ripe soon!

Veronica on 07/21/2017

Oh my word this looks wonderful, It is healthy too with all the fruit and eggs and I can see it could be adapted too. I will definitely be making this, Sally . Thank you so much for posting.

We have a community orchard here where I live and people can go and pick whatever fruitt they want free of charge. pears are always poplar if course.

kimbesa on 07/11/2017

Pear season won't be too long in coming, if you live in an area whee they are grown.

Guest on 07/10/2017

It looks delicious and make a beautiful dessert.

kimbesa on 08/05/2014

If you can call it a crust, yes.

Camilly on 08/01/2014

This recipe makes its own crust?

kimbesa on 12/10/2013

If you try it, I hope you will like it! In our climate, fall and winter are good seasons for pears.

VioletteRose on 12/10/2013

Looks great! I should try it sometime

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