Pear-Pecan Tart

No fancy equipment required. Use a pizza pan to build this tart of orange glaze, cream cheese, fresh fruit and rich pecans.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

Butter Crust

1 1/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/3
cup packed brown sugar
2/3
cup butter or margarine, softened

Orange Glaze

1
cup granulated sugar
3
tablespoons cornstarch
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup orange juice
1/2
cup water

Filling

2
packages (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
4
cups sliced pears (4 to 5 medium)
1/2
cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Grease and flour 12-inch pizza pan. In medium bowl, mix flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter, using fork or pastry blender, until crumbly. Press firmly and evenly against bottom and side of pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light brown; cool.
  • 2 In 1-quart saucepan, mix granulated sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in orange juice and water. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; cool.
  • 3 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; spread on cooled crust. Arrange pears on cream cheese. Sprinkle with pecans. Spoon orange glaze over top. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Can’t live without chocolate? Stir 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips into the cream cheese before spreading it on the crust.

Pears not in season right now? Peaches make a good alternative.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
360
(
Calories from Fat
170 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19 g
19 %
(Saturated Fat
10 g,
10 %
),
Cholesterol
45 mg
45 %;
Sodium
160 mg
160 %;
Total Carbohydrate
47 g
47 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
3 g
3 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
12%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.