Chocolate and Pear Tart – To Love!


When A was packing his bags and getting ready to go on another one of his trips, I got really upset because more than a week-long trip meant that this would be the first Valentine’s Day when we’d be apart! But to tell you the truth, this one turned out to be probably the best Valentine’s day I had ever had (sorry A!) because for the first time, I got to spend it with the love of my life. Just the two of us!

The day began with us waking up to each other in the morning. Then a nice breakfast with us chasing each other all across the house followed by a long walk on a sunny and warm day. By the evening, we were so tired having fun all day long that we just cuddled on the couch watching our favorite movie and eating chocolate (chocolate and pear tart to be specific!). And just a little while back we ended our most wonderful Valentine’s Day with a good night kiss!

I am sure you have guessed it by now! Little monster was mommy’s Valentine and she just made the day perfect just like she does effortlessly with every day of my life ever since she was born!


But whatever I do, she is and will be a daddy’s girl. She has been missing Papa so badly for the past few days and whenever we miss papa, we just make what papa loves. I’m sorry if you are fed up of seeing chocolate after chocolate recipes on Valentine’s Day. But what can I do, chocolate is his favorite dessert and someone around here is missing him a lot!


I found this recipe for Chocolate and Pear tart here a while back but just like a lot of other recipes this one was sitting in my “recipes worth trying” folder for a while now. “Chocolate needs an occasion”, I’d say to myself every time I would look at this one. Recently, while I was looking at the recipe, the little monster saw a photo and jumped, “Ma! totlate (chocolate)!”. So I decided, let’s just make it and I got the ingredients, which were so simple that I didn’t even have to make a trip to the grocery store. Both of us had a ball melting the chocolate and messing up the whole kitchen. And you should have seen her face when the tart came out of the oven!


Do you see those holes in the tart? That’s because those tiny little fingers couldn’t resist poking into it!

Now the recipe that I was referring to used sliced and poached pear while I used fresh fruit wedges which I think tasted better as you could eat nice chunks of pear with creamy and smooth chocolate. You can check out the link mentioned above if you want a process for slicing and placing thin pear slices.

Ingredients:Adapted minimally from this recipe  (Serves 6)

For the crust (lightly adapted from Dorie Greenspan)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, very cold, cut into 16 pieces
1 cold egg, lightly beaten

For the filling
3 Pears (ripe and firm)
8 oz good semisweet chocolate
3/4 cups of heavy cream
1/4 sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar for sprinkle


Mix together flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Cut butter into very small chunks. Add it to the dry ingredients and pulse it in a food processor so that butter and flour mix together.
It will still look crumbly. Add eggs and pulse the food processor again.
A dough will form. Take it out of the food processor and work it with hands on the kitchen counter. Knead the dough for a couple minutes until the crumbly mixture is nicely incorporated.
Take a tart pan and lightly press the dough into the tart pan. The dough should cover all the sides but not lose its crumbly texture. Try not to work it too much or the butter will start to melt. Place the tart pan in the freezer for 1/2 hour.
For the filling:
Preheat the oven to 375 deg. F
Peel, core and cut the pear into quarters. Cook it in a microwave until they are just about tender.
Take out and let it cool.
In a double broiler melt the chocolate with cream. Whisk thoroughly so that it all incorporates well.
Then add sugar to the chocolate and mix it till the sugar dissolves well.
Set it aside and let it cool.
Whisk egg and egg yolk in a mixer. Add vanilla beans or extract and mix it together.
Once the chocolate and cream mixture is cool enough pour it into the egg with mixer on medium low to combine everything together.
Take out the tart pan from the freezer. Arrange the pears and then pour the custard into the pan carefully not to pour on top of the pears but from the sides.
Place it into the oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes but I start peeking after 40 minutes.
When the chocolate custard is puffed and set, its done. It should be a little firm to touch and slightly cracked from the edges.
Take it out and let it cool before serving, only if you can resist!



  1. that tart looks wonderful, holes and all!! my 3 year old does the same…so we frequently have “holey” desserts :) Hopped here from jessica’s post about naan. i’m going to try that soon!

  2. Wow, what a wonderful and overwhelming feedback! Thanks guys :-)
    @Vimala- U can definitely use apples or any other kind of fruit like plums,nectarines n so on.

  3. Such a sweet Valentine’s Day with your little one!! This tart looks amazing and I love the little finger holes. How could one resist this masterpiece and time spent at home with mommy eating treats :) xo

  4. Prerna, what a beautiful and charming Valentine’s you had! My heart melted when you pointed out your little one’s fingers poking into the tempting tart :) I will absolutely have to try this!

  5. Lovely story, pictures and recipe. I’m not an all out chocolate lover and to be honest get a bit fed up cooking it for my family (who are!) but combined with pears in a tart is different. Not usually a fan of tinned fruit, I suggest you could actually use tinned pears here if short on time as they cook well with chocolate. Maybe you disagree? Anyway recipe bookmarked in ‘to-do’ list.

  6. so beautiful!! I love the idea of non-poached pear in the tart, too. Sometimes poached pear in tart reminds me of canned stuff 😛

  7. Absolutely gorgeous photos and I love the story about you and your little monster behind this post. So cute.

    The tart looks so delicious. Definitely something this sweet tooth would love. I’m adding to my ever expanding list of must bake recipes 😉

  8. Oh Prerna….. I always look forward to your posts and you always bring us sometign mouth-watering! And the pictures just keep getting better and better. I want to be a photographer just like you when I’m all grown up!

  9. We have to be grateful for our little monsters, especially when Daddies are away:) I am sure your V-Day was great.
    The tart looks very inviting – and I don’t mind chocolate (in my book, you can never have to much chocolate:)

  10. LOve all the shots asusual and the hightlight of the pictures is cute little one is stretching her fingers to show she too loves the pear and thats awesome.. Hope u had wonderful valentines day and friendship day. This is such awesome treat.

  11. awee what a adorable valentines day it sounds like, love the picture of cute fingers and pear. What can i say about the tart exquisite. Its friendship day in Finland so happy friendship day to you! Love!

  12. Awww what a sweet post. and who is this cute little world is stretching those fingers? :-) and Prerna, about the recipe and the post – I am speechless. May be when I get my words back, I will write something which will justify both. Happy Friendships Day.

    Did you save some for the Papa?


  13. I think you’re very GOOD with those recipes calls for chocolate!! I meant you’re wonderful with your every creation but chocolate based recipes just shout out loudly and wonderfully! Need I say anything more about this tart?? Just gorgeous! :)

  14. I was wondering about the pears until I read in the end that you didn’t slice and poach them. Chocolate = VDay for me, I’m blessed with a partner who agrees. Hope your little one will see her Papa soon!