Show your Mum how much you love her this Mother’s Day with this luxurious chocolate & pear tart.



200g shortcrust pastry

3 small pears, peeled, cored and halved

110g caster sugar

100ml water

half a lemon, rind only

30g/1¼oz good quality dark chocolate

30g unsalted butter

150g golden syrup

1 large egg

½tsp vanilla extract

100g walnuts


Serves: 6

Prep time: 40 mins

Cook time: 25 mins

Cost per serving:  87p



1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Roll out the pastry and use it to line a 9in/23cm fluted flan tin. Bake blind for ten minutes and allow to cool.

2. Put the pears into a pan with the water, 50g of the sugar and the lemon rind. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for ten minutes. Remove the pears from the liquid and allow to cool.

3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add the butter to the chocolate and combine. Set aside. In a pan, heat the remaining sugar and golden syrup over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for two minutes.

4. Whisk the egg into the chocolate mixture until combined. Now add the syrup mixture then stir in the vanilla extract. Place the pears flat side down on a board. Make lengthways cuts all along each pear, taking care not to cut all the way through. Put the cut pears into the pastry case and pour the chocolate and nut mixture into the flan case, bake for 25 minutes.


Love this chocolate and pear tart? Why not treat your mum to a cheeky cocktail too!