This fruit also known as Apple Pear is exactly as the name suggests, it looks similar to an apple and has the same crunchy texture but has the distinct flavour of a pear. An Asian Pear does not need to go through a ripening process but is picked and immediately ready to eat. It is not generally used in baking as it loses its snappy, cool texture. This fruit is very well suited to a summer salad and will be great in an American or Asian Style slaw however I needed to make something to cure my sweet tooth and this is what I made.
Asian Pear Tarte Tatin
Makes 4 small
1 Asian Pear
200g granulated sugar
4 by 5cm squares of puff pastry
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C, spray and cook a muffin / Yorkshire Pudding tin.
Peel the pear and cut into quarters, cut the seeds away and using a small knife, shape the quarter into a rough round shape. Do this to all four pieces.
Pour the sugar into a clean pan, on the highest temperature melt the sugar twisting the pan occasionally ( don't stir) until melted and golden.
Add the butter and swivel the pan until melted and combined with the sugar.
Pour into 4 holes of the muffin tin. Place the Asian Pear rounds on on top of the sugar and pour a little extra over each pear.
Place the squares of puff pastry over the pear and tuck in the edges.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until golden and cooked through.
Picture and recipe Copyright by Tamsyn Wells