Pear and parmesan tarte tatin with thyme pastry

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  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr

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By Alice Hart

Published 2018

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It’s a rare recipe than works as a starter, main or cheese course. Served as a starter or main, a rocket (arugula) side salad wouldn’t go amiss. As a dessert or cheese course, the tart will stand alone or can be accompanied by a little crème fraîche. Figs and hard goat’s cheese also work extremely well instead of the pears and parmesan.


  • 75 g ( oz) light brown sugar
  • 50 g (


To make the pastry, whizz the butter and flour in a food processor until it resembles fine crumbs. Add a pinch of salt and the parmesan and blend for a few seconds. Add the egg and thyme and blitz again until the pastry just comes together into a ball. Knead briefly until smooth, shape into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 20 minutes.