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Simple Pear & Walnut Tarte Tatin

gluten free
wheat free
1 spoon difficulty rating


Serves: 6-8

Simple Pear & Walnut Tarte Tatin

A number of people in the Viva! office said this is the best dessert they've ever had! Let's not mention the fact that it's actually really easy to make and looks impressive too... result!


  • 300g ready-to-roll puff pastry (eg Jus-Rol). Use GF where necessary. 
  • 2 pears, sliced and cored
  • 30g/⅛ heaped cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 65g/⅓ scant cup vegan butter (our favourite is Naturli)
  • 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste (optional) 
  • Pinch salt
  • 80g/5/8 cup walnuts or pecans
  • Cinnamon, for dusting 


  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (fan)/375ºF/Gas Mark 5. 
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry so that it's around 0.5cm thick. 
  3. Using an oven-proof frying pan (we used 28cm pan but you don't need to be exact), cut the pastry to fit the pan leaving 1cm extra around the edge. 
  4. In a frying pan, combine the sugar, golden syrup, vegan butter, salt and vanilla extract. 
  5. Heat on a medium heat for a few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken and turn slightly brown. 
  6. Remove from the heat, stir in the brandy (if using) and then coat the pears and nuts in the caramel sauce until thoroughly coated. 
  7. They will be very hot at this point so using tongs (or alternative), arrange the pear slices in a pretty pattern on the bottom of the frying pan. Once you have the pattern you like, scatter the nuts over and around the pear slices. 
  8. Place the sheet of pastry over the top of the frying pan, tucking in the edges around the filling. 
  9. Brush the pastry with a little rapeseed oil and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until crisp and evenly golden. 
  10. Remove the pan from the oven (be careful, the handle will be hot!) and place a large plate over the top. Flip the pan over so that the tarte displays fruit side up on the plate. 
  11. Sprinkle with cinnamon, add a little more golden syrup if necessary and serve with vegan ice cream. 

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