Harry & David Pear Puff Pastry Dessert Recipe
Pear Puff Pastry Dessert Recipe is a delicious treat for the holidays. Made with Royal Riviera pears, serve warm with vanilla ice cream!
Last week, I was invited on a trip to the beautiful Rogue Valley in Medford, Oregon, home of Harry & David orchards and headquarters, where I was able to learn great things about this 83 year old American company!
If you’ve ever received a Harry & David gift basket, then you’ll recognize this “gold pear.” Inside each gift box of pears is a gold wrapped, gorgeous Royal Riveria pear, so juicy and ripe for eating! I love the old saying, that they are so juicy you can eat them with a spoon!
Earlier this week, I made a Pear Puff Pastry Dessert Recipe for last-minute company, with these delicious pears!
Pear Puff Pastry Dessert Recipe
In no time, the dessert was in the oven. Friends, a tart is super easy to make!
When it’s done, serve immediately with scoops of vanilla ice cream.
In fact, we love to set it in the middle of the table with a bunch of forks, and everyone digs in. Of course you can also cut it into individual servings.
It’s delicious made with any kind of pear, but especially good made with Royal Riviera pears!
When I arrived in Medford, the Rogue Valley was showing off with spectacular colors and warm sunshine.
We stayed at the Magnolia Inn, in Jacksonville, Oregon.
With this lovely basket in my wonderful room!
A cozy bed and breafast, the Magnolia Inn has nine beautiful vintage-style rooms, each with their own private bathroom. Magnolia is in the center of the quaint village, with award-winning dining, unique shops (my favorite, Jacksonville Company and Terra Firma), hiking, and in the summer, home to Britt Gardens.
Let me say this about Robert and Susan. They are truly the most hospitable innkeepers I’ve ever met. If you visit Jacksonville, you will not only enjoy your stay, but you will have great food and wine!
The first day of the tour we started with a behind-the-scenes orchard bus ride, through the orchards with with Matt Borman, Orchard Director. We learned about the extensive process of their harvest season, when Mother Nature inevitably changes their plans, and the passion and dedication behind the orchard workers.
The crops require warm days and cool nights to grow, which makes the beautiful Rogue Valley ideal for cultivating this famous fruit.
This video shows the beautiful process. Thank you Harry & David!
They grow about 400 tons of Oregold® Peaches, 15,500 tons of Royal Riviera® Pears, and 800 tons of Bosc pears each year. The total harvest varies based on weather conditions throughout the year.
Depending on the year, pears can ripen anywhere from the second week of August to mid-September. The cooler the growing season, the faster the pears ripen. We, of course, visited the orchards in November, where there were a few stragglers on the trees! But still so pretty!
We enjoyed a beautiful “welcome” breakfast spread at Royal Crest Orchard, with pears, Rogue Creamery cheese, crackers, and have you tried their Pear Chips? Here we met Steve Lightman, Harry & David’s President.
Later that day, a pear-delicious lunch served at Belle Fiore Winery!
The food was amazing, the colors outside spectacular!
My all-time favorite activity was a tour through Harry & David’s bakery and candy kitchen, where we made our own Candy Bark. I made 2 flavors, and I’ll be sharing the recipe in another post (so easy, and a fun gift for the holidays!)
Harry & David has their own elegant chocolate bark, my favorite? Chocolate Caramel Waffle Cone Artisan Milk Chocolate Bark!
Of course, watching the melted butter pour into the big tubs of Moose Munch was a big hit! We all wanted to dive in! Their new flavors are amazing!
We also got to sample new products, and view the holiday products with their merchandising team.
It was very cool to hear about the details and passion that went into each basket design, with repurposing goals in mind. Being on the receiving end of a gift basket, I always appreciate being able to repurpose the container that the gift comes in. Harry & David does this very well.
And Cheesecake Factory’s Celebration Cheesecake! Oh, my!
Harry and David produces 75,000 gift packages every single day!
Did I mention that we got to experience the basket line? Yes, we made our very own baskets, and with help from Maria, I MADE THIS!
My friend Barb in Wisconsin was the lucky recipient, Yaaaaay! because sending a gift basket to someone is the perfect way to say THANK YOU, or we appreciate you, or even “just because.”
Of course my favorite, besides the pears, chocolate, and Moose Munch, was hanging out with new friends, and experiencing the dedication that the Harry & David employees have.
Which is why we used the hashtag #happinessdelivered on our social media posts.
Here are the bloggers who joined us on the tour:
Don’t forget the delicious Pear Puff Pastry Dessert Recipe!
Pear Puff Pastry Dessert Recipe
- 2 large ripe pears, sliced (leave the skin on)
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. corn starch
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 egg, separated
- 1/4 cup crystalized ginger (optional)
- Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
- Preheat oven to 425 degree F.
Line large baking sheet (with sides) with parchment paper.
Roll out one sheet of puff pastry according to package directions, keeping square.
- In medium bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, crystalized ginger, and sliced pears.
- Pour pear mixture into center of puff pastry.
- Fold edges up around sides, making a tart.
- Brush edges of pie crust with egg white, and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar.
- Add butter pieces on top of pears, in three or four small pads.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving. Delicious with vanilla ice cream!
Harry & David paid for my trip, but as always, all opinions are my own. We’ve enjoyed H&D products in our home for years!