Easy Pear Tart
- Preheat an oven to 350 F.
- Line a 10-inch tart pan or pie with your favorite homemade or store-bought pie or tart crust. As you lay the crust into the pan, hold it up and let it drop and settle into any edges or corners, rather than pushing it in, to minimizing shrinking and breaking when you bake the tart. Set aside. Alternatively, you can lay the rolled-out crust on a baking sheet for a free-form tart, often called a galette. Lightly prick the crust all over with a fork. Set aside.
- Cut the pears in half or quarters. Cut out and discard the core in each piece. Peel the pear pieces and cut them into even slices. Even slicing will lead to the prettiest and most evenly cooked tart.
- In a large bowl toss the pear slices with 1/3 cup of the sugar and the lemon juice. Arrange the pear slices on the crust—you can just dump them in and spread them out for a very rustic dessert or arrange them in neat rows or concentric circles for a more elegant presentation. Reserve 4 or 5 slices of pear. Crimp the edges of the crust (see how to crimp a pie crust here if you've never done it before) or roll them up a bit to create an edge if you've decided to go free-form.
- Bake the tart until the crust is brown on the edges and pears are tender, about 50 minutes.
- While the tart bakes, bring the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, reserved pear slices, and 1/3 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook, undisturbed, until the syrup thickens, about 10 minutes. Set it aside.
- While tart cools, brush it generously with the syrup. Serve the tart warm or at room temperature.