|8 ounces||Caster sugar|
|4 fluid ounce||Water|
|3½ ounce||Slightly salted butter|
|12||Large; firm, under-ripe|
|; pears, peeled and|
|; cored, cut into|
|2||8 oz blocks fresh puff pastry; (good quality frozen|
|; will be fine),|
|Rolled out 1/4 inch thick|
In a clean heavy-based frying pan, dissolve the sugar and a quarter of the water over a low heat and then turn up the flame to high to caramelise the sugar, adding the remaining water when the sugar begins to turn to caramel ~ the sugar will start to turn browner with that distinctive toffee aroma.
Don't overcook the sugar, otherwise it will turn blackish and bitter, in which case you will have to throw it away and start again! Nearing the 'toffee-like' caramel spot, add the butter in small pieces and stir it in. Arrange the quarters of pear in the pan in a circle with the 'tops' pointing inwards. Continue to cook the fruits, browning them on a medium high heat, in the caramel for about 5-10 minutes, until cooked but not mushy.
Take the pan off the heat and place a disc of pastry (cut 1 inch wider than the pan diameter and previously chilled in the freezer for at least 10 minutes) over the pears. Carefully tuck in the flap of spare pastry under the pears.
Place in a hot preheated oven at 200C/400F/gas 6 for about 10-12 minutes, until the pastry has risen and is baked golden brown. Remove the pan, taking care to use a thick heat-insulating cloth to protect your hands, and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes. Loosen the edge of the pastry with a sharp knife. With a large retaining plate on top of the tart, upturn the pan and allow the tart to flip over on to the plate so that the fruit is now visible as the top of the tart. The pears should have a brown colouration where they have been cooking in the sauce, which should be sticky and cover the entire surface generously.
Don't worry if any pears come unstuck on the pan - simply take them off with a palette knife and 'glue them' in place again.
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