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imageThe flavour combination of these tarts is truly a match made in heaven. Sweet, soft pears, baked with honey and balsamic, with delicious, ripe, creamy brie, all piled on flaky puff pastry and scattered with crunchy walnuts. I serve these with a dollop of creamy, thick créme fraîche on the side.

Serves 4


1 sheet store bought frozen puff pastry, thawed (25 cm x 25cm / 10″ x 10″)
2 small pears, peeled, cored and cut into 6 wedges each
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
125 g / 4 1/2 oz brie, sliced
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped roughly (not too small pieces)


Preheat the oven to 180° C / 360° F
Combine the pears, butter, honey, sugar and balsamic vinegar
Place in an ovenproof dish and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly soft and golden
Cut the puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares
Place the pastry squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Par-bake for 10 minutes
Top with the pear mixture, brie and walnuts
Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until the pastry is puffy and the brie has melted slightly
Serve warm