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Apple and Pear Tart

Apple and Pear Tart is made of a tender shortbread crust, then filled with Vanilla infused pear compote and topped with a beautifully arranged apples on top. This tart is sure to get everyone’s attention around the table!

Fall is the perfect time to use apples and pears to create this beautiful tart. The Tart Crust is made of tender butter crust and then filled with a filling of sautéed with vanilla bean apples and pears.

The tart can be served cold as is, or with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream. We ate it as is and found it better cold, but that is just our own preference.

Apple & Pear Tart

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Apple and Pear Tart is made of a tender shortbread crust, then filled with Vanilla infused pear compote and topped with a beautifully arranged apples on top.

Author: Tartelette
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: pear tart, tart recipe
Calories: 201 kcal
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings


Ingredients for Apple & Pear Tart

Ingredients for Apple & Pear Compote

  • 3 medium sized apples
  • 2 medium sized pears
  • Vanilla bean
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup water


To make the Crust:

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, powdered sugar, salt) in a large bowl.
  2. Slice the cold butter into to the flour. Keep cutting until the chunks are about the size of a pea.
  3. Add the egg and mix the ingredients together with a spoon.
  4. Use your hands to kneed the dough until it barely starts to come together. Push the dough into a ball (it will be very crumbly, but that’s ok). Cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to make a disk.
  5. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. (Make the Compote during this time).
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator divide it in half. Shape 1 half into a ball and roll it out between 2 layers of parchment paper or saran wrap, to about 3-4 mm thick. Transfer into the 8 or 9 inch tart mold and pat it with your fingertips to fit it tightly inside the mold. Prick the dough with a fork.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze for 15 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350F and bake the tart for about 13 minutes.
  9. Let cool on wire rack.

How to make Apple & Pear Compote

  1. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place the seeds and sugar in a medium saucepan.
  2. Peel and core apples and pears. Dice them into small cubes. Add to the vanilla and sugar mixture along with water.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer the fruits for about 45 minutes, until soft. Keep an eye on the apples, to make sure that they have enough liquid to cook and that the bottom does not scorch.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.


  1. Peel and core 2 medium sized apples. Slice them thinly.
  2. Fill the tart shell with the prepared fruit compote.
  3. Arrange the apple slices on top in spiral, starting from the outside and working towards the center. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar on top.

  4. Bake for additional 12 minutes, at 350F. Remove and let the tart cool.

Nutrition Facts
Apple & Pear Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Kaye

    What do you do with other half of the dough for the apple pear tart?

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  • Mary McCarthy

    Please verify the number of apples used in this recipe. Did you use 3 or 5 apples? There are listed for 3 in the ingredients section, but apples are listed twice in the directions. It says to use apples for the compote & again for topping the tart.


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  • marina s

    Hi Angel, actually it's just a very effective way to decorate any kind of tart or pie because as you said it looks impressive but it is very simple once you start doing it. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  • Angel Liu

    it's impressive how you decorated the pie…the apple slices are so evenly distributed. can't wait to try some of your recipes =)

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