A beautiful, homemade tart is a great way to end a meal. Because we use pre-made pastry dough, this caramelized upside-down pear tart is the perfect combination of relatively low-maintenance and elegant—we all want our dinner guests to feel doted on and special, right?

Try this recipe for an intimate dinner party or a night in with the family. Enjoy!


  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • Peel, halve, and core the pears.
  • Heat butter in a 9- or 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Once foam from butter settles, add in sugar and stir.
  • Add pears to skillet, cut sides up. Sprinkle pears with cinnamon.
  • Cook pears until sugar/butter mixture turns a deep, golden color, 10-25 minutes depending on your skillet and stove.
  • While pears are caramelizing, roll out pastry dough on a lightly floured surface to the size of your skillet.
  • Once pears have caramelized, remove skillet from heat and place pastry over pears. Being careful to avoid touching the skillet, tuck the edges of the pastry inside the rim of the skillet.
  • Place skillet into pre-heated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Place desired serving dish on top of skillet upside-down, and, using oven mitts, flip skillet over so that tart lands on serving dish.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.