Pear & Honey Ricotta Tart with Walnuts

The Golden Pear and Honey Tart is the perfect dessert for any occasion. The pears add a subtle flavor and the ricotta and honey make it both creamy and sweet.
Prep Time : 20 minutes
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Cook Time : 12 minutes
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Servings : 6 10

Pear and Honey Ricotta Tart

I’ve always thought of Valentine’s Day as a particularly elegant holiday, less about cards and candy hearts and red ribbon and more about stylish, graceful desserts served on your best china with a cup of tea. This recipe satisfies that desire and takes advantage of peak season for an underappreciated fruit.

Pears are considered a late-fall, early-winter fruit, which means pear season is…right now! Although there are many varieties of pear, for our Pear and Honey Ricotta Tart with Walnuts, we like easy-to-find Bartlett pears, known for their sweet, juicy flesh and delicate pear flavor.

I’ll be honest, I’m only recently learning to work with puff pastry, but I’m finding it quite a pleasure. If you’re unfamiliar with it, buy it frozen and thaw a single sheet overnight in the refrigerator. When you’re ready, place the sheet of pastry on a pastry cloth or board and cut it in half lengthwise so that each piece measures 10” x 5”.  The pastry pieces may require a bit of shaping with a rolling pin to extend them to the desired size. With that done, the scoring process is simply marking a half-inch border around each piece of puff pastry.

Pear and Honey Ricotta Tart

The remainder of the directions follow logically and involve preparing the pear filling with ricotta cheese and a dollop of Buzz Savories Artisanal Honey, folding and sealing the pastry, and then placing walnut pieces atop the tarts after they’ve been in the oven for ten minutes or so.

I’ve found the Pear and Honey Ricotta Tart to be a real crowd pleaser that looks as elegant as it tastes.  If you wish, you can serve it with a small scoop of ice cream, although I most often serve it directly from the oven accompanied by a cup of tea.

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Pear & Honey Ricotta Tart with Walnuts

The Golden Pear and Honey Tart is the perfect dessert for any occasion. The pears add a subtle flavor and the ricotta and honey make it both creamy and sweet.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Buzz Savories Honey,, Easy Cooking, healthy, tine-saving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 10

What You'll Need:

  • 2 ripe golden pears
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese find ricotta cheese in refrigerator section near cottage cheese - ricotta is from Italy and is made from whey so is light and creamy.
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar and more for dusting
  • 3 tsp. Buzz Savories artisanal honey
  • 1 Tb. unsalted butter
  • ½ cup walnut pieces (or more if you wish)

How To Prepare:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees.
  • Zest about 1 tsp. from the lemon, then juice about 1 tsp. and set aside.
  • Stir together ricotta, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and 2 tsp. of honey in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Peel and then cut each pear into thin slices, about 1/4 inch discarding core and stem. Sprinkle pears with lemon juice to prevent them from discoloring.
  • Cut a standard puff pastry sheet in half lengthwise (you should have two 10" by 5" pieces. You may need to roll out the pastry pieces to extend them to desired length and width).
  • Score each pastry sheet with a ½ inch border, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  • Divide and spread the ricotta mix between the 2 puff pastry sheets. Layer the pear slices on top of ricotta. Finally, dot with dabs of butter.
  • Gently wet the borders of each tart with your fingers and generously coat the borders with a dusting of granulated sugar.
  • Bake the tarts for about 10 minutes, and remove from oven to sprinkle walnut pieces over the top of each tart.
  • Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the tarts are golden and puffed.
  • Drip the remaining tsp. of honey over the tarts. Finish with a sprinkle of lemon zest.

Notes

Recipe makes 2 tarts.

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