Pear, Quince and Cardamom Tarte Tatin

The pears when cooked remain a neutral color. But the quince turn rosy pink, a function of the astringent fruit’s colorless tannins transforming into colorful pigments called anthocyanins as the flesh bakes. Placed together in this tarte tatin, the upside is beautiful.

By / Photography By Jennifer Bakos | November 22, 2017

Ingredients

  • 4 large pears, peeled, cored and sliced in 1-inch wedges
  • 3 medium quince, peeled, cored and sliced in 1-inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 10 slices and softened
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ recipe Tarte Tatin Pastry

Preparation

Combine pears, quince and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside. Place ice cubes in a 12-inch skillet and set it aside as well.

Combine sugar, water and honey in a 10-inch oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium–high; boil until caramel is a deep amber color swirling the skillet, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter and cardamom. Immediately place skillet with caramel atop ice in large skillet; let stand until caramel is cold and hardened, about 30minutes.

Remove skillet from ice.

While the caramel cools, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange pear and quince wedges tightly together, rounded side down, in concentric circles atop caramel. Fill center with any broken fruit pieces. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12–inch round. Place dough atop fruit. Tuck edges of dough down around sides of the fruit. Make three 2–inch–long cuts in center of dough. Place skillet on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until fruit is tender and crust is deep golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove from oven; let cool 15 minutes.

Place a platter over skillet. Invert and serve warm with whipped or ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 4 large pears, peeled, cored and sliced in 1-inch wedges
  • 3 medium quince, peeled, cored and sliced in 1-inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 10 slices and softened
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ recipe Tarte Tatin Pastry
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