Salted Honey Pear Crostata

Perfectly imperfect crostata stuffed with fresh California Bosc pears (but any pear will do!) and bathed in Salted Honey Caramel. Heaven.
Salted Honey Pear Crostata | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

First off, let me tell you that you need this Salted Honey Pear Crostata in your life, without haste. Second? It’s pear season, beautiful, and I am psyched about it. Third, I was able to partner with CA Grown to bring you this delicious pear crostata in celebration of everything California has to offer. For more California pear information, check out Salted Honey Pear Crostata | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Salted Honey Pear Crostata | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Salted Honey Pear Crostata | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Salted Honey Pear Crostata | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Salted Honey Pear Crostata

Makes 6-8 Servings

INGREDIENTS

For the Dough

  • 2 3/4 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 20 tablespoons (1 ¼ cup/283 g) unsalted unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • ¼ cup (57 g) all-vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) water, chilled
  • ¼ cup (60 g) vodka, chilled

For the Salted Honey Caramel

  • 4 tablespoons (¼ cup/57 g) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (105 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) all-natural honey
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the Crostata

  • 7-8 ripe whole pears
  • 1 large egg yolk 
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or whole milk

To Garnish

  • Sparkling sugar, Demerara sugar or granulated sugar to sprinkle over the crust prior to baking

INSTRUCTIONS

To Make The Dough

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Sprinkle the butter and shortening over the top, toss to coat and then using a pastry blender or your hands to blend the butter into the flour mixture. Work quickly so as not to melt the butter. Work the butter and shortening until it is roughly the size of peas (some pieces bigger, some pieces smaller, but about that size). Drizzle with the chilled vodka-water mixture and give it 5-6 stirs with a spatula to mix the moisture throughout. Press the spatula into the flour and it should start to adhere and form a mass. 
  2. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and pour the crumbly dough over the top. Using your hands, quickly press and shape into a rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick. Wrap tightly. If there are any cracks gently press down until they disappear. Set in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

To Make the Salted Honey Caramel 

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the butter. Once melted, turn the heat up just a touch stirring and watching. Look for the formation of little brown bits on the bottom of the pan and a nutty, delicious smell…this should take about 2-3 minutes. We don’t have a lot of butter in here, so it won’t take long. Take the pan off of the heat and stir in the brown sugar, honey and heavy whipping cream. Put back over medium heat and gently stir for 2 minutes more. Take off of the heat again and stir in the ginger, vanilla and sea salt. Set aside to cool a bit. *The sugar may not completely dissolved in the pan. This is fine as it will finish melting in the oven as it commingles with the pears and life will be grand.

To Make the Crostata

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (204C) and place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and heavy whipping cream, set aside.
  2. Take the dough out of the fridge and on a floured surface use a floured rolling pin to roll into a rectangle (doesn’t have to be perfect) between 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick (I prefer slightly thicker to thinner crust). If any cracks form, press the dough together to seal. Gently transfer the rolled dough to the parchment covered baking sheet (see some tips in the Before We Get Started section on rolling + transferring the dough) and place in the freezer or fridge to keep cool while you prepare your pears.
  3. To cut the pears, hold them stem side up on a cutting board and cut down one side of the pear, getting as close to the core as possible (without cutting into it). Repeat on the opposing side. Then thinly slice the pear halves cutting them lengthwise. Take the dough out of the freezer or fridge and place the pears cut-side down on top of the dough, leaving a 1 1/2- to 2-inch boarder. You can split up the pear halves to fill up empty spaces if need be. Drizzle the salted honey caramel evenly over the top of the pears. If the dough has warmed up, set it in the freezer or fridge for 10 minutes to chill it back up. If not, move onto the next step.
  4. Brush the egg yolk-whipping cream mixture over the top of the crust, taking care that it doesn’t pool along the edges of the crostata. Sprinkle the crust with the sparkling sugar, Demerara sugar or granulated sugar. Bake in the center of the oven for 40 minutes or until the edges are bronzed. Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes so the juices and crust can set. Serve warm or at room temperature. I wouldn’t be sad about some vanilla bean ice cream on top of this. Thank you so much for making this Salted Honey Pear Crostata!! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your gorgeous crostatas!! Enjoy!!

This post + pear crostata recipe was created in collaboration with California Grown!! A big THANK YOU to them + you for supporting the brands I work with! When shopping, look for the California Grown license plate logo to know that you’re getting the goods from our awesome state!! 

 

Salted Honey Pear Crostata | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Salted Honey Pear Crostata

Perfectly imperfect crostata stuffed with fresh California Bosc pears (but any pear will do!) and bathed in Salted Honey Caramel. Heaven.
5 from 3 reviews
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Course: Dessert
Servings: 6 -8 Servings

Ingredients

  • For the Dough
  • 2 3/4 cups 375 g all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 20 tablespoons 1 ¼ cup/283 g unsalted unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • ¼ cup 57 g all-vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 1/3 cup 80 g water, chilled
  • ¼ cup 60 g vodka, chilled
  • For the Salted Honey Caramel
  • 4 tablespoons ¼ cup/57 g unsalted butter
  • ½ cup 105 g light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup 60 ml all-natural honey
  • ¼ cup 60 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • For the Crostata
  • 7-8 ripe whole pears
  • 1 large egg yolk 
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or whole milk
  • To Garnish
  • Sparkling sugar Demerara sugar or granulated sugar to sprinkle over the crust prior to baking

Instructions

  • To Make The Dough
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Sprinkle the butter over the top, toss to coat and then using a pastry blender or your hands to blend the butter into the flour mixture. Work quickly so as not to melt the butter. Work the butter until it is roughly the size of peas (some pieces bigger, some pieces smaller, but about that size). Drizzle with the chilled vodka-water mixture and give it 5-6 stirs with a spatula to mix the moisture throughout. Press the spatula into the flour and it should start to adhere and form a mass.
  • Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and pour the crumbly dough over the top. Using your hands, quickly press and shape into a rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick. Wrap tightly. If there are any cracks gently press down until they disappear. Set in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • To Make the Salted Honey Caramel
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the butter. Once melted, turn the heat up just a touch stirring and watching. Look for the formation of little brown bits on the bottom of the pan and a nutty, delicious smell...this should take about 2-3 minutes. We don't have a lot of butter in here, so it won't take long. Take the pan off of the heat and stir in the brown sugar, honey and heavy whipping cream. Put back over medium heat and gently stir for 2 minutes more. Take off of the heat again and stir in the ginger, vanilla and sea salt. Set aside to cool a bit. *The sugar may not completely dissolved in the pan. This is fine as it will finish melting in the oven as it commingles with the pears and life will be grand.
  • To Make the Crostata
  • Preheat your oven to 400F (204C) and place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and heavy whipping cream, set aside.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and on a floured surface use a floured rolling pin to roll into a rectangle (doesn't have to be perfect) between 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick (I prefer slightly thicker to thinner crust). If any cracks form, press the dough together to seal. Gently transfer the rolled dough to the parchment covered baking sheet (see some tips in the Before We Get Started section on rolling + transferring the dough) and place in the freezer or fridge to keep cool while you prepare your pears.
  • To cut the pears, hold them stem side up on a cutting board and cut down one side of the pear, getting as close to the core as possible (without cutting into it). Repeat on the opposing side. Then thinly slice the pear halves cutting them lengthwise. Take the dough out of the freezer or fridge and place the pears cut-side down on top of the dough, leaving a 1 1/2- to 2-inch boarder. You can split up the pear halves to fill up empty spaces if need be. Drizzle the salted honey caramel evenly over the top of the pears. If the dough has warmed up, set it in the freezer or fridge for 10 minutes to chill it back up. If not, move onto the next step.
  • Brush the egg yolk-whipping cream mixture over the top of the crust, taking care that it doesn't pool along the edges of the crostata. Sprinkle the crust with the sparkling sugar, Demerara sugar or granulated sugar. Bake in the center of the oven for 40 minutes or until the edges are bronzed. Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes so the juices and crust can set. Serve warm or at room temperature. I wouldn't be sad about some vanilla bean ice cream on top of this. Thank you so much for making this Salted Honey Pear Crostata!! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your gorgeous crostatas!! Enjoy!!
Thanks for baking with me! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your beautiful treats! xo

 

 

6 Comments

  • Morgan July 11, 2020 at 4:21 PM

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely DEVINE!!!! I can’t wait to make it…and as a fellow Cali girl, i love locally sourced ingredients!! Xoxo

    Reply
  • Dad July 11, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    5 stars
    Can’t wait – do you deliver – lol. It looks amazing and probably tastes even better.

    Reply
    • Rebecca Firth July 11, 2020 at 2:56 PM

      It does — you would love it!! I’ll get you some!!! xoxo

      Reply
  • Sally beth July 11, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    5 stars
    Looks beautiful! And delicious! ❤️

    Reply

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