Lemon and thyme pear tart with apricot glaze recipe

Delicate, fragrant, flavourful and very pretty to look at, this pear tart is equally at home at a dinner party, offered as a post barbecue dessert with ice-cream, or served in slices at a sophisticated spring/summer picnic.


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 small Williams pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp. apricot jam
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs, torn into small pieces


    1. Heat oven to 180 C
    2. Lightly coat 14” by 4” tart tray, preferably with a removable bottom, with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
    3. Grate 1/2 teaspoon of zest from the lemon and squeeze one tablespoon juice. Set the juice aside.
    4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, lemon zest, baking powder and salt.
    5. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on a medium speed to beat the butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy – this should take about 3 minutes (you can also do this by hand). Reduce speed and beat in the egg.
    6. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until incorporated (dough will be very soft). Transfer dough to prepared tart tray. With floured fingers, push dough evenly into bottom and up the sides of pan.
    7. Arrange pear halves, cut sides down, alternating top-to-bottom. Sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger and the remaining one tablespoon sugar.
    8. Bake 55 to 65 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Let it cool on the wire rack.
    9. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the apricot jam and lemon juice. Microwave for 30 seconds or until bubbling. (You can also do this in a saucepan on the hob). Mix to combine. Brush gently over entire tart. Sprinkle with thyme to serve.


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    You might also like Chris’s lemon tart recipe, his honeybee biscuit recipe  or homeowner Evelyn’s traditional Scottish shortbread recipe. You can find more of our  recipes here.

    Recipe from Chris Ince, Chef Director at Atalian Servest


    Chris been working in catering for over 24 years and spent many years alongside Michelin starred chefs. He’s a multi-medal winner in annual Salon Culinaire events and winner of ‘Best in class’ at the ‘Master seafood chefs of Great Britain’ competition in Hotelympia. He says, ‘Pride and authenticity are key to the making of a good chef.’

    Atalian Servest are one of our brilliant catering partners and manage bistros at some of our Retirement Living PLUS developments

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