Christmas pear tart
- Preparation and cooking time
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- If using fresh pastry
- Serves 2, with enough for seconds
Gary Rhodes' pear and mincemeat tart is based on an Eccles cake, the pastry they say has been with us for 300 years or more
For the filling
For the pear & raisin syrup
- STEP 1
To make the syrup, place all the ingredients in a pan with 150ml water, then bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 mins until the fruit is softened, then remove the vanilla pod and blend to a smooth purée with a hand-held blender. Strain through a sieve. Allow to cool.
- STEP 2
Extend the pastry by rolling out on a lightly floured surface, so it is big enough to cut out a 30cm circle. Lay the pastry circle on a baking tray. Mix all the filling ingredients together. Spoon the mincemeat filling into the centre of the pastry (no more than 10cm diameter), creating a dome shape. Brush the edges of the pastry with water and gather all together to create a 'bag' effect. Press the pastry lightly together to seal well, keeping it fairly loose.
- STEP 3
Lay a greased baking tray on top, then turn the two trays over. Remove the top tray, and lightly roll the 'bag' with a rolling pin to create a flat round pastry disc, about 18cm across. Brush the pastry with the egg white, then sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Score 3-4 lines with a sharp knife in the centre, then chill for 15-20 mins. The tart can be made ahead and chilled for up to 2 hrs. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown and crispy.
- STEP 4
Now finish it in style: Sit the tart on a plate and decorate with sprigs of holly sifted with icing sugar. Serve warm, in slices, with a little custard, cream or ice cream and the pear and raisin syrup.