Brie and Pear Puff Pastry Tart – A Sweet and Savory Dish!

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This versatile Brie and Pear Puff Pastry Tart works equally well as a party appetizer or dessert! Created by combining sweet and savory ingredients, it deserves a place on your festive table this holiday season! 

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Brie and Pear Puff Pastry Tart

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Frozen puff pastry is one of the most versatile convenience items on the market. When you have a package in your freezer, you can whip up savory appetizers, elegant main dishes, or delicious buttery desserts in no time.

This recipe combines the best of both worlds with its delicious combination of sweet pears with the rich, creamy flavor of brie cheese. The puff pastry crust adds an extra flaky texture while the maple syrup provides another touch of sweetness.





As a result, the brie and puff pastry tart can be served as either a rich appetizer or a decadent dessert by playing up either the savory or sweet elements.


The Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays! You can check out Create the Holidays from 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!

Pears and Brie

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Fresh ProducePears, Thyme
  • DairyBrie
  • Puff Pastry – you can buy this fresh or frozen – allow time for defrosting/returning to room temperature before using.
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Nutmeguse freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • Pure Maple Syrupbuy the good, 100% stuff, anything less is just made up of flavorings and corn syrup.

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Pear and Brie Puff Pastry Tart

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Brie & Pear Puff Pastry Tart

How Do I Make Brie and Pear Puff Pastry Tart?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Brie and Pear Puff Pastry Tart

Brie and Pear Puff Pastry Tart

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

This versatile Brie and Pear Puff Pastry Tart works equally well as a party appetizer or dessert!

Ingredients

  • ½ package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 medium pear, ripe but firm, cut into thin slices
  • 2 oz (55g) Brie cheese, cut into thin slices with rind removed
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.
  2. Open thawed puff pastry and carefully unfold, being careful not to crack it. Place puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Gently roll pastry with a floured rolling pin into a large rectangle.

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    Cut in half with a sharp knife and carefully wrap one portion in plastic before returning to the refrigerator. (Use the remaining portion within a day for another recipe, to double this one, or to create a lid for this tart).
  3. Place the remaining rectangle on a large, rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.

    Tip: To create a picture frame effect as shown, cut around the perimeter of the sheet with a sharp knife about 1/2” from the outside edge, but do not cut all the way through.
  4. Dock (pierce) the pastry inside the cut you just made with a fork just like you would a pie crust. Place the sliced pears and brie in single layers on the interior pastry. Sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg, and drizzle with maple syrup.

    Pears on Pastry

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  5. If adding a pastry lid, lay it on top and cut slits on the top to allow steam to escape.

    Pastry Lid
  6. Create an egg wash by whisking one tablespoon of water with one egg yolk. Brush mixture over the exposed portion of the puff pastry before placing it in the oven.
  7. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes, or until the pastry “picture frame” puffs up and turns golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

    Baked Tart with Lid

    Pear & Brie Tart
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 6g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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