This Sweet + Savory Pear Goat Cheese Tart is the perfect 6-ingredient appetizer. If you’re entertaining guests, this seasonal appetizer has everything you need with a flaky crust topped with goat cheese, Bartlett Pears, rosemary, and honey.
Is it a seasonal appetizer, or is it a dessert?
It’s pear season! I love adding pears to so many recipes, and no pairing is quite as tasty as pear and cheese! If you’ve ever wondered why your charcuterie platter comes with fruits like apples or pears, now you know the secret. They’re meant to be together. When you put them together, you can create delicious recipes like this easy Pear and Goat Cheese Tart drizzled with honey and chopped fresh rosemary. Surrounded by buttery puff pastry, this tart makes a great party appetizer or an easy dessert because it’s a little sweet and a little savory! Serve with a glass of wine and your guests are sure to be impressed.
Why use store-bought puff pastry?
If you’ve ever watched The Great British Baking Show (which you absolutely should), you know that making puff pastry is no joking matter. It’s serious business, and it’s something I do not have the patience or time management skills for. Instead, you can buy puff pastry in the frozen food section of your local grocery store, usually located near the frozen pies. If you know how to make your own puff pastry, I commend you though!
Does it matter what type of goat cheese you use?
Now, let me tell you about my love for this cheese. I used a goat cheese that’s actually a brie (nice and spreadable) rather than your traditional, slightly crumbly goat cheese. I’m so glad I did! Brie is really smooth and buttery, so it makes a great addition to this sweet-meets-savory pear tart while maintaining the flavor of goat cheese. As I mention below, other types of cheese would also be great for this recipe, but goat cheese brie is my personal favorite. I’m not ashamed to say I quickly ate up the rest that I didn’t use for my pear tart recipe!
Personally, I serve this tart just barely cooled, but I believe you can also serve it cold. The key for me is the pears. When they’re freshly baked, the softness tastes perfect. The longer it sits, the more the pear softness doesn’t seem to “fit,” but this may just be my personal opinion. Serve this pear and goat cheese tart for any upcoming party, and I think you’ll find it disappears in minutes!
- Frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 2 Bartlett pears
- 1 round of goat cheese brie
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- Fresh rosemary, optional
- Allow the pastry to sit for about 40 minutes until softened and moldable.
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
- Place the thawed pastry on the mat and fold in the edges, pressing with a fork to secure. This will act as a "crust" around the filling.
- Spread soft goat cheese brie all over the middle of the tart.
- Cut and core approximately two pears and cut into thin slices.
- Arrange the pears in rows on top of the cheese filling. Lightly sprinkle the pears with sugar.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until the edges are browning and the pastry feels just crisp. Remove from the oven.
- Immediately drizzle with honey and chopped rosemary, if desired. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.
Home Chef Tip: Try using other types of cheese too! A crumbly gorgonzola cheese is also really tasty with pears!
We hope you enjoy this Goat Cheese and Pear Tart from SoFabFood Home Chef, Holly from Club Crafted, as much as we do. If you love this easy recipe, you can find more like it by visiting our Appetizer Section. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!