Air Fryer Pear Tarts

I love how easy these Air Fryer Pear Tarts are to make, and it certainly doesn’t hurt how delicious they are, too!

an air fryer pear tart on a white plate with a drizzle of caramel

Juicy, sweet pears baked in a flaky, buttery crust is pure dessert perfection. Pear tarts are surprisingly easy to make at home, and they make a beautiful presentation. Whether you go the classic route with a lattice top or get creative with an all-over crust, pear tarts are always a showstopper.

When it comes to baking, some pears are better suited than others. For tart recipes, you’ll want to use a firm pear like Anjou, Bartlett, or Bosc. These pears hold up well during baking and won’t turn to mush. Their aromatic flavor also pairs beautifully with the spices often used in tart recipes. So sprinkle that nutmeg, let cinnamon take center stage, and don’t be afraid to use a little ginger or cloves.

overhead shot of pear tarts in a white casserole baking dish

Why Do We Love Air Fryer Pear Tarts?

What’s not to love about these buttery gobs of sweetness?

For starters, they make a perfect weeknight-friendly dessert. In thirty minutes tops, you can have a fresh, homemade tart cooling on your counter. You just have to slice the fruit ‘pear’fectly (we couldn’t help ourselves), roll out some store-bought dough, and bake.

Not to mention, they’re endlessly adaptable. If you’re not feeling the traditional lattice top, try a rustic free-form tart or an all-over crust. And if pears aren’t your thing, you can easily substitute apples, peaches, or any other fruit you have on hand.

Plus, the caramel sauce is drool-worthy. You won’t be able to resist drizzling it over every slice. We’re not judging.

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for…the recipe!

pear tarts face up with caramel sauce drizzled on top in a white casserole tart dish

Classic Air Fryer Pear Tarts Recipe


  • Pears: The denser the better. It’ll ensure the pear holds its shape and doesn’t turn to mush.
  • Pie dough: You can also use 1/2 of a recipe for homemade dough
  • Ground cinnamon: It’ll add a sweet woody flavor to the dish
  • Light brown sugar: Never a bad idea to add a little sweetness
  • Caramel sauce: The divine finishing touch
fresh cut pears on a wooden cutting board cut in half and holed


  • Preheat the air fryer to 350. Once the temperature has been reached, reduce the heat to 325.
  • Cut pears in half lengthwise, leaving stems attached.
  • Roll out the pie dough and cut it into four sections.
  • With the flat side of the pear faced down, sprinkle cinnamon and a little brown sugar on the rounded side.
  • Cover the pear in the pie dough and then trim the dough so that it is only covering the bottom of the pear.
  • Place pears face down on a parchment-lined tray in your air fryer.
  • Bake in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool for 8-10 minutes.
  • Gently flip over tart, pear side up, and garnish with caramel sauce.
pear tarts faced down showing browned pie shell from being in the air fryer


There’s no shame in admitting you need a little help when trying the recipe for the first time. We’re here to answer all of your burning questions.

What Occasions Are Pear Tarts Perfect For?

Holiday cheer, office parties, potlucks, family dinners, or just because—tarts are always welcome.

You don’t need a special occasion to bake a pear tart. But if you’re looking for an excuse, they’ll look a million bucks on your holiday spread.

Serve them warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream. They’re also lovely on their own if you can resist the temptation.

How to Store and Reheat Pear Tarts?

Leftover pear tarts can be stored in an airtight jar at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat, pop them in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or until warm. You can also reheat individual slices in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.

side view of pear tart on a white place with caramel sauce drizzled on it

Why Should You Use Cold Butter for the Crust?

If you’ve ever made a pie or tart crust, you know that cold butter is key. When the butter melts in the oven, it creates little pockets of air. These pockets are what give the crust its flaky texture. So, if you use warm or room-temperature butter, your crust will be denser and less flaky.

How to Make a Lattice Top?

A lattice top is a classic way to top a pear tart. And while it looks impressive, it’s pretty simple to do.

Start by rolling out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Then, using a sharp knife or a pastry wheel, cut the dough into strips. Next, arrange half of the strips evenly over the filling. Leave space between each strip so the filling can peek through.

Now it’s time to weave the remaining strips. Start by placing one strip horizontally over the center of the tart. Then, take the strip on the far left and place it over the horizontal strip, angling it to the right. Continue alternating strips until you’ve reached the end of the tart.

To finish, trim off any excess dough and press the strips into the edge of the crust. Then, bake according to the recipe instructions.

fresh cut pears with pie shell pastry wrapped around the outer pear

What Complements Air Fryer Pear Tarts?

There are a few things that we think make pear tarts even better.

  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect way to balance out the sweetness of the pear and caramel.
  • A glass of sparkling wine. The bubbles help cut through the richness of the tart.
  • Caramel sauce. Lots and lots of caramel sauce. It’ll pop the flavors and make every bite even more decadent.
  • A cup of coffee. Because coffee makes everything better.

But really, you can’t go wrong. So, serve them any way you like, and enjoy every last bite.

Do You Have to Peel the Pears?

Nope! If the pears are ripe and you’re using a small knife, there’s no need to peel them. The skin will be thin and tender enough to eat.

Caramel sauce, yummy spices, a flaky crust…what’s not to love about pear tarts? We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

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Air Fryer Pear Tart

Air Fryer Pear Tart

a delicious and sweet air fryer pear tart drizzled with a yummy and rich caramel sauce is pure perfection for dessert!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 pears
  • 1 roll of pie dough
  • ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • Caramel sauce


  1. Preheat air fryer to 350. Once temperature has been reached, reduce heat to 325.
  2. Cut pears in half lengthwise leaving stems attached.
  3. Roll out the pie dough and cut into 4 sections.
  4. With the flat side of the pear faced down, sprinkled cinnamon a little brown sugar on the rounded side.
  5. Cover the pear in the pie dough and then trim the dough so that it is only covering the bottom of the pear.
  6. Place pears face down on a parchment lined tray in your air fryer.
  7. Bake in air fryer for 10-12 minutes, or until just golden brown.
  8. Remove from air fryer and allow to cool for 8-10 minutes. Gently flip over tart, pear side up, and garnish with caramel sauce.


1. Each air fryer is different, some have baskets and some have sliding trays. If your air fryer has a basket, then line the basket with parchment paper and place pears on the paper, cut side down.

2. If you wish, you can add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the outer skin of the pear before covering with crust.

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