Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams
6 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Coat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons sugar into pan. Arrange 7 pear halves, cut sides up, in a circle in pan; place remaining pear half in center. Cover skillet, and place over medium-low heat. Cook, without stirring, for 15 minutes or until sugar mixture is bubbly and caramelized. Place pan in oven. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Place 1 1/2 teaspoons butter and oil in a bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds or until butter melts. Lay 1 phyllo sheet horizontally on a flat work surface; brush lightly with butter mixture. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar evenly over phyllo. Place next phyllo sheet vertically on top of first. Repeat procedure twice with remaining butter mixture, sugar, and phyllo, ending with phyllo. Fold edges to form a 9-inch circle.

Step 4

Place phyllo circle in pan over pears, pressing gently. Bake at 400° for 16 minutes or until filling is bubbly and crust is browned. Remove from oven, and let stand for 5 minutes. Place a plate upside-down on top of pan; invert tart onto plate. Cut tart into 6 wedges. Top each wedge with 1 1/2 teaspoons crème fraîche.

Step 5

Wine note: Match this tart with Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, 2006, from Domaine Durban ($26). Filled with the unctuous fragrance of pears and sweet citrus, the wine's balanced and bright acidity is a palate-cleansing drop of gold. -Alexander Spacher

Ratings & Reviews

HeatherLynn's Review

February 20, 2011
Blech. That's the only word I have for this recipe. It's way, way too sweet (and I can eat a whole package of Creme Eggs in one sitting...I'm no wimp!). I'm not sure how this one made it past the test kitchen - the pears are too sweet, the crust is gross and the creme freche just doesn't belong. Save yourself the trouble.

BeckyS's Review

January 08, 2011
Easy! Gorgeous! Delicious! I made it as the recipe said. Truely was crisper on day 1 but was also delicious on day 2 and 3 when the crust had softened. Make sure to bake it long enough so that the sugar carmelizes (will probably help the crust to hold its crisp also). All 4 of us loved it. Yummy and light. It appears impressive but was created with ease. I am making it again to serve to guests tonight.

Kathleen812's Review

November 13, 2010
Sickenly sick is how I would describe this dessert. I hesitated adding so much sugar but wanted to trust the recipe. Also, 5 minutes after I flipped the dessert, the phyllo crust was soggy and inedible. I gave it a 2, has potential because if I made it again, I would reduce the sugar to 2 T (ripe pears are sweet enough) and add some cinnamon and nutmeg for some spice and complexity. I would also leave it crust side up and flip each one indivdually and serve immediately to avoid the soggy crust issue. Thanksfully it wasn't a complete bust-I simply blotted the extra sweetness off the pears and threw out the crust. I ate it with ice cream and golden raisins although it was still too sweet.