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Cashew Crème Pear Tart

Cashew creme pear tart by Hannah Kaminsky

Imagine delicately spiced pears cooked just until fork tender, sitting atop a luscious pillow of maple-scented cashew crème, all contained within a soft, nutty crust. Sound like a dream? Well wake up, because this delight is easily a reality! This is one amazing finish to any meal, sure to please all palates and diets alike. Not only is it gluten-free, but this tart can also be adapted for a low-sugar dessert. Simply omit the granulated sugar in the pear topping, and replace the granulated sugar in the crust with more almond meal. Just be sure to save yourself a generous slice beforehand, as the likelihood of leftovers by the end of the night will be slim to none!

In sticking with the gluten-free theme, this tart utilizes brown rice flour for a wonderfully textured crust. Brown rice flour can be found among the other specialty flours in the baking aisle, and in some bulk food departments. Though nutritionally inferior, white rice flour can be substituted measure for measure should the brown rice version be difficult to find. Also, if a food processor is not within your grasp, feel free to replace the 1 1/2 cups of whole cashews with 1 cup of cashew butter. When using store bought cashew butter, the cashew crème can be made in your blender just as simply. Check your local natural food store or online for a wide range of nut butters. Recipe and photo by Hannah Kaminsky, from My Sweet Vegan: Passionate About Dessert.*

Makes: 12 to 14 servings


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup vegan buttery spread (such as Earth Balance)
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

Cashew Crème:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole, raw cashews or 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pear Topping:

  • 2 firm, medium-sized pears
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds for garnish

Preheat the oven to 325ºF (160ºC).

Combine the sugar, almond meal, and brown rice flour in a medium bowl. Melt the margarine and pour it in, along with the brown rice syrup. Stir to coat all of the dry ingredients thoroughly, and press this mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9 inch round springform pan. Bring the crust about 1 inch up the sides of the pan, and set aside.

In a food processor, begin grinding down the whole cashews, if using. It may take 5 to 10 minutes for the cashews to begin releasing their natural oils and turn into a smooth paste, but don’t stop short, as it is important that there are no lumps. Once it looks pretty much like cashew butter, add in the water, maple syrup, and vanilla, and process again to combine. Smooth the resulting crème into your crust and set aside again.

vegan cashew pear tart

Core and slice your pears by first cutting them lengthwise in half, and then cutting the halves into about 1/8 inch slices. There is no need to peel the pears, as the skins add extra flavor, texture, and fiber. Toss the slices with the sugar and cinnamon, and arrange them on top of your cashew crème. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pears soften. Let cool and sprinkle with sliced almonds before serving.

Hannah Kaminsky is the author of My Sweet Vegan* and the forthcoming Vegan Desserts.* Visit her blog, Bittersweet.

*This post contains affiliate links. If the product is purchased by linking through this review, VegKitchen receives a modest commission, which helps maintain our site and helps it to continue growing!

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  • Reply
    June 28, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    That looks really delicious! Do you need to pre-soak the raw cashews?

    • Reply
      June 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Angela, it looks like the author of this recipe doesn’t call for them to be soaked, but if you prefer them that way, I’m sure it won’t affect the outcome of the recipe.

  • Reply
    December 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I made this two weeks ago I’m making it tonight for holiday company. It’s very good and for this recipe the cashews don’t need soaking. I usually only soak for cashew cream or sauces. I’ve made this vegan with mt own sauces. It’s really a great recipe.
    I highly recommend.

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    Martha Courtney
    February 14, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    The cashew cream mixture came out like soup for me. I did follow the directions. I thought it might thicken up when baking but it didn’t. The water could have been left out completely and it would have worked I’m pretty sure.

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