This is one of the best tarts we’ve ever had. The crust is so short and delicious. The pears are a wonderful match for the walnuts and the vanilla soy pudding rounds out the treat.

Walnut pear tart

Yield: 8 small individual tarts or 1 large


  • 2 cups black walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 8 ounces vegan margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg replacement, for example No-Egg by Orgran
  • 4-6 ripe pears, cleaned, peeled and sliced (about 1/2 pear for each individual tart, depending on the size of the pears)
  • 2 cups vanilla soy custard or vanilla soy pudding
  • powdered sugar as garnish

Walnut pear tart


  1. First make the crust. Shell and roughly chop the walnuts.
  2. Place in a food processor and pulse until they are small pieces.
  3. Add the salt, flour and sugar and pulse again.
  4. Add the vegan margarine cut into small pieces and pulse to combine evenly.
  5. Mix the egg replacement and add to the walnut/flour mixture.
  6. Pulse to form a soft dough.
  7. Remove from the food processor, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  8. After 2 hours, roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and line each tart form with the dough.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 F / 177 C.
  10. Peel and slice the pears and fill each individual tart with pears.
  11. Lightly sprinkle the tops of the pears with sugar and place in the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes.
  12. The tarts are done when the crust is golden and the pears are wilted.
  13. Remove from the oven.
  14. Allow the tarts to slightly cool.
  15. To plate the tarts, pour a bit of the soy pudding on the plate or in a shallow bowl.
  16. Remove the tart from the form and lay on top of the soy pudding.
  17. Drizzle a bit more soy pudding on top or at the side of the tart and dust with a bit of powdered sugar.