Rustic Pear and Cream Cheese Tart
4 pears peeled, cored and sliced into ¼-inch slices
Juice of half a lemon
½ cup sugar, divided
1 cup mascarpone cheese
¼ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pie crust (your favorite recipe or store-bought)
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Toss pears in lemon juice to prevent from turning brown. In a large bowl, mix half the sugar with mascarpone cheese, sour cream, egg and vanilla.
2. Roll out the pie crust and place in a 9-inch fluted tart pan, with excess hanging over the edges. Spread cream-cheese mixture in bottom of tart shell. Layer pears over cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining sugar over pears.
3. Fold excess dough over edges of tart pan for a rustic look. Bake until crust is golden brown, 35 to 50 minutes. Slice and serve.