Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quick Pear Tarts

I recently did an interview for Plant Plate about being a parent who follows a plant based diet.  
My daughter whilst enjoying eating plant foods, often makes it known to me that she wishes for some "vegan junk food", as she mentioned in the interview!
So with one last sheet of pastry left in the freezer & it nearly reaching it's best before date these tarts were made! 
Yes, pastry falls into the "junk food" category for me! And now that it's all gone I won't be replacing it, instead I am enjoying experimenting more with home-made pastry options.

This is a really quick & easy treat to whiz up when visitors are due, or for a special occasion dessert!
But most importantly of all..... my daughter LOVED them and felt like she was having real 'junk food'! 

Remove a sheet of dairy-free puff pastry from the freezer & allow to soften.
Cut the sheet of puff pastry into quarters. 
Along each cut, add another cut 1cm to either side. 
Also cut 1cm around the edges of the sheet of pastry.
Spread the inner 4 quarters with fig jam but not going all the way to the edge (or other flavoured jam of choice). 

Remove the 1cm sections of pastry from the lining sheet & press them gently into the edges of the tarts as shown.
Slice pears into thin pieces and spread them over the jam.

Sprinkle some frozen whole raspberries and broken pieces over the pears.

Bake in a preheated 220C oven for 15-20 minutes until puffed up and golden brown.

Serve with chocolate coconut cream for added eating pleasure!

Don't forget to check out my friends blog at Plant Plate.com
It's full of wonderfully handy hints and is an amazing resource of information and advice for following a plant-based diet!


  1. Those photos are gorgeous, puts me in mind of classic French patisserie - nice styling. And very little sin considering the ratio of fruit to pastry. Nice :)

    1. Aw thank you for your kind words! :-) hehe we're all allowed a treat even now and then!!!

  2. This is my kind of 'junk' food, although possibly I wouldn't call it that :-) The tarts look lovely!

    1. haha ;-) Let's just call it a 'treat' then!

  3. Yum, looks good. I would have it with apple:))

    1. I have tried with apple and it doesn't cook as well as the pear - apple takes longer so the pastry gets too browned. You'd have to cook the apple for a bit first :-)