A Tarte Tatin is basically an upside-down apple tart that is flipped over before serving. First brown the butter and sugar over the stove, and consider buying a ceramic dish made from a material called Flameware, which is less expensive than copper and won't crack over direct heat.
A key advantage of making this French pear and almond tart is the pleasure of eating it warm out of the oven, says David Lebovitz. He combines poached pears, almond paste and a jar of quick-candied sour cherries on a buttery pastry shell in this recipe.
These three dessert recipes range from child-friendly to elegant, all featuring the pear: pear oatmeal cookies, wine-poached pears in chocolate sauce and spicy pear cake with brown sugar bourbon glaze.