Caramel Pear Puff Pastry Tarts

Caramel Pear Puff Pastry Tarts
6 puff pastry shells (store bought or homemade)
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
3 cups ripe pears, peeled and diced (2 large)
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400F.
Place room temperature puff pastry shells onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool until ready to use.
In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar and salt, stirring frequently with a spoon or spatula. Add in diced pears and cook over medium heat until pears are tender.
Combine milk, cornstarch and vanilla in a small bowl, stir well, and add to the saucepan and continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until mixture thickens.
Spoon into cooled puff pastry cases just before serving. Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Makes 6.