Let me come clean right now - pastries and desserts are NOT my strong suit.  I can make a mean cookie or cupcake but I struggle with just about anything else.  Not that I don’t love desserts cause I do!  I’m just not very good at making them.  So when I tell you that this is such an easy and simple dessert to make you have to know that if I can make it so can you!  You can also substitute your favorite fruit in place of the apples and pears (peaches, nectarines, cherries or just about any combination).

Ingredients for tart crust:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (4oz), cut into small cubes and chilled (I do not use butter in my daily cooking at all but there are some recipes that you just can’t avoid using it in - this is one of them)
  • 1/4 cup ice water, 1 or 2 additional tablespoons may be needed

Ingredients for tart filling:

  • 2 medium pears, peeled and sliced (I used Asian pears as I had some left over from my roasted pears recipe)
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and sliced (I used honey crisp but any type will do)
  • 1/4 cup date sugar
  • 4 tsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Preparation for tart crust:

  1. In a food processor (use a blender or hand mixer if you don’t have a processor), pulse the flour, sea salt and cinnamon to combine.
  2. Flour, sea salt and cinnamon in processor

  3. Add the butter and pulse until you have a sandy mixture.

    Butter and water added

  4. Sprinkle the ice water over the flour mixture, then pulse again until the dough starts to come together.  If the dough does not easily adhere when you press a bit between your fingers, add one more tablespoon of ice water and pulse.
  5. Remove the dough from the processor onto a lightly floured surface.  Press the dough together and form into a ball.

    Formed dough ball

  6. Transfer the dough ball to a 9 inch glass pie dish.  Working from the center out, you want to press the dough to the outside of the pie dish to form a crust.

Preparation for tart:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix together date sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and oats to create the topping.
  3. Add melter butter to topping mixture and stir until evenly coated.

    Tart ready for baking

  4. Add the sliced pears and apples to the inside of the tart crust.  Sprinkle the topping mixture over the fruit and place in oven for 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 259, Cal. from Fat: 120, Total Fat: 13g, Sat. Fat: 7.5g, Carbs: 33g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 10.5g, Protein: 3.5g, Sodium: 0mg, Chol: 33.5mg


You can easily substitute your favorite fruit in this recipe.  The crust holds about 4-5 cups of fruit.  Baking times will vary depending on the fruit used but most tarts will be done after about 45 minutes - just keep an eye on it during the last 5-10 minutes.

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