Caramelized Pear Tart
Caramelized Pear Tart. Sticky cinnamon caramel, covering sinfully sweet and perfectly ripe pear, over a nutty but sweet tart shell. This my friends is Heart Healthy food. Are you surprised? Well I'll let you in on some secrets: the crust is full of heart healthy Omega 3 & 6, protein, and fiber. The caramel is low in sugar, and there is a full serving of fruit from the tart.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Preheat oven to 350.
Add hot water to 4-5 pitted dates. Allow to soak.
Cook quinioa according to package directions (be sure to rinse it before cooking) You will need about 1/4 cup dry quinoa)
One quinoa is done cooking take it off heat and add coconut oil.
Add vanilla protein powder, almond meal, hemp hearts, applesauce, cinnamon and stevia. Combine well.
Spray a tart pan with nonstick spray. Add the quinoa mixture to the pan and flatten out with your hands. Wet hands to ensure this is an easy process.
Make sure all the dough is evenly distributed and there are no holes.
Bake for 15 minutes at 350.
While tart shell is baking, make caramel and peel and cut the pear.
Carefully remove the dates from the water, saving the water for cooking.
Place the dates on a chopping board. Make the dates a paste by chopping over them with a knife. They should be very soft at this point. Once mushy, add to a small saucepan with 1 tbs. coconut sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Add 2 tbs. of the water reserved from soaking the dates.
Allow this mixture to cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until a thick syrup forms.
Remove from heat to allow to cool slightly.
Peel and cut the pear. Peel the pear and cut the cheeks off the pear so that only a thin stem remains in tact. Lay the pear pieces down flat on the cutting board. Carefully cut thin layers lengthwise from the pear.
Take the tart out of the oven. Layer the thin pear slices on top of each other in a shingle fashion. I like to pick up 5-6 at a time. Make 4 rows of pear shingles.
Add the caramel sauce. It will be thick, you might have to use a spoon to help spread it over the pears.
Sprinkle on optional walnut pieces.
Bake for 7 minutes at 350 to allow everything to set.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving..
Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1.2% | Vitamin C: 2.3% | Calcium: 11.4% | Iron: 15.4%