by Raymond Blanc

Pear and blue cheese make the perfect marriage. And shallot tart is a classic. Combining them as one dish is a truly special thing – caramelised shallot and pear with the sharpness of Saint Agur Crème and crispy pastry. Fantastic!

Credits: Recipe © Raymond Blanc / Photo © Chris Terry

Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Serves 6 as a starter
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

    Check that you have 5 pear halves of even size from the tin.

    Unroll the pastry and put the upturned 24cm frying pan onto the pastry, and use this as a rough guide to cut out a circle of pastry. (Don’t worry if the frying pan hangs over the edge of the pastry, it is only a guide.)

    Reserve the pastry on a flat tray lined with baking parchment in the fridge.

     

  2. In the 24cm frying pan pour in the olive oil, then arrange the shallot and pear halves alternately, cut-side down, so the points of the pears face the centre of the pan (you might need  to trim the shallots to make them fit).

  3. Place the pan on a medium heat and slowly caramelize the pears and shallots. This should take about 12 minutes.

    Check them occasionally to make sure they are colouring evenly.

    Once they are golden, remove the pan from the heat and add the butter.

  4. In a small bowl, take 80g of the Saint Agur  creme and reserve. Remove the pastry from the fridge and evenly spread the remaining 70g of the Saint Agur Blue Cheese Crème over the top.

    Lay this into the frying pan with the cheese side facing up, using your fingertips or the handle of a dessert spoon to push the edges of the pastry down to surround the caramelised pears and shallots.

    Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the pastry is golden all over.

    Leave the tart to cool slightly and then run a knife blade around the pan’s edge to release the pastry.

  5. Place a large serving plate on the top of the frying pan upside down, and in one swift movement turn the pan and plate so that – et voila – the tart is now on the plate. (Careful not to burn yourself).

    Using a teaspoon, spoon drops of the reserved Saint Agur Creme over the tart, serve warm to your guests.

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp refined olive oil

3 banana shallots, peeled and halved lengthways

1 tin pear halves, in juice, drained

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 pack all butter puff pastry, ready rolled

150g Saint Agur Crème

 

Special Equipment

oven-proof 24cm frying pan, baking parchment

PRODUCT

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Recipe Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

    Check that you have 5 pear halves of even size from the tin.

    Unroll the pastry and put the upturned 24cm frying pan onto the pastry, and use this as a rough guide to cut out a circle of pastry. (Don’t worry if the frying pan hangs over the edge of the pastry, it is only a guide.)

    Reserve the pastry on a flat tray lined with baking parchment in the fridge.

     

  2. In the 24cm frying pan pour in the olive oil, then arrange the shallot and pear halves alternately, cut-side down, so the points of the pears face the centre of the pan (you might need  to trim the shallots to make them fit).

  3. Place the pan on a medium heat and slowly caramelize the pears and shallots. This should take about 12 minutes.

    Check them occasionally to make sure they are colouring evenly.

    Once they are golden, remove the pan from the heat and add the butter.

  4. In a small bowl, take 80g of the Saint Agur  creme and reserve. Remove the pastry from the fridge and evenly spread the remaining 70g of the Saint Agur Blue Cheese Crème over the top.

    Lay this into the frying pan with the cheese side facing up, using your fingertips or the handle of a dessert spoon to push the edges of the pastry down to surround the caramelised pears and shallots.

    Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the pastry is golden all over.

    Leave the tart to cool slightly and then run a knife blade around the pan’s edge to release the pastry.

  5. Place a large serving plate on the top of the frying pan upside down, and in one swift movement turn the pan and plate so that – et voila – the tart is now on the plate. (Careful not to burn yourself).

    Using a teaspoon, spoon drops of the reserved Saint Agur Creme over the tart, serve warm to your guests.