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Pear & Almond Tart

Belula November 04, 2015
45° shot of half the pear frangipane tart seen from the side

It's a beautiful fall day in Paris today. The blue sky contrasts with those unique autumn colours. Just perfect. Me, I'm sitting at my neighborhood boulangerie, having a delicious coffee, writing this post and trying to come up with a menu to serve at the dinner parties I'll be hosting next week.

It's been crazy lately with all the dinners and trying to keep up with blog. I am quite new at this, and am still getting the hang of things. But I'm getting there, and most importantly I’m enjoying the process.

When I first started hosting dinners at my apartment I maintained the menu for a month or so because it was easier to be organized and get things done. As time went by, I got a little bolder. I now change part of the menu every week.

Rolling out the tart dough
Lining the tart tin
Cutting the excess dough with a pairing knife
45° shot of the tart mould lined with the sable dough

It's been pumpkin this and squash that lately. Which means other delicious things have been overlooked lately. Because fall also brings pears, and apples, and quinces, and chestnuts, I'm refocusing. For today anyway :).

Once again I had an EatWith dinner coming up and it seemed only natural to use pears; last two dinners had apples as part of dessert. I made tarte tatin and an apple & caramel verrine. I felt like changing. Using ingredients that were screaming "get me, get me!", every trip to my local market I thought would be a good move. That is how I chose pears.

I had the pears, and now I had to decide what to do with them. I decided that a pear & almond tart, served with crème fraiche and toasted almonds would be a perfect dessert! And it was. My guests loved it! As did I. Lucky for me, I had leftovers that I had for breakfast next day.

And to make things even better, the shortcrust pastry I used is hands down the bust pate sablée recipe out there. Really. Thank you Chef Thomas Keller. Life is definitely better with your tart dough recipe in it!

90° shot of 3 pears
Filling the dough with the almond cream
The pear tart filled with the sliced pears
90° shot of the pear tart in the tart tin
Overhead shot of the pear tart inside the mould

For the shortbread crust recipe, see Shortbread Crust.

Pear & Almond Tart
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition: 332 cal
Cuisine: French

Ingredients

Almond Cream

  • Almond Flour 60 g
  • Butter or unsalted 60 g
  • Powdered Sugar 80 g
  • Eggs 0.5
  • Rhum optional 2 drop

Finishing Touches

  • Pears 3
  • Lemon 1

Procedure

  • Almond Cream

  • 1. In the bowl of your stand mixer using the paddle attachment, bring the butter to a consistency of mayonnaise or "beurre pomade" to use French terminology. If you are doing this by hand, to bring the butter to mayonnaise consistency, the best way is to use the microwave. Beware: you need heat for 5 seconds at a time, mix the butter, and go again. Repeat until you have obtained the "beurre pommade". It’s very important to do it this way, because if you heat for longer periods you risk of obtaining melted butter. This is something you have to avoid!
  • 2. Add the powdered sugar and the almond flour and mix until the mixture has gained volume and changed colour slightly. Add the egg and continue to mix. If you are doing this process by hand you should be using a whisk.
  • 3. Finally add the drops of rhum (completely optional). Transfer onto a hermetic container and chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Finishing Touches

  • 1. Butter a mold. I used a rectangular mold, but any shape works. It's totally up to you.
  • 2. Roll out the dough to 3 mm thickness. Because this dough is very fragile I recommend you do this using parchment paper as shown in the photo below.
  • 3. Tip: Using your rolling pin tap down the dough to make it thinner and easier to manipulate, and then proceed to roll it out.
  • 4. Line the tart mold with the sablée dough.
  • 5. Using a paring knife cut out the extra dough as shown in the picture below.
  • 6. Using a piping bag (if you have one) or the back of a spoon garnish with the almond cream.
  • 7. Peal and cut the pears in half. Sprinkle with some drops of lemon juice to prevent the oxidation of the pears. Slice as thinly as possible keeping the pear shape. Transfer each half onto the tart until it's covered.
  • 8. Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for about 45 minutes or golden brown. Rotate the tart in the oven half way through the baking time.
  • 9. Tip: Don't over garnish the tart, because it will overflow, and you’ll be cleaning the oven for a while!
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Nicoletta @ sugarlovespices November 05, 2015

I love baking and this is just beautiful. Compliments!

Belén Gowland
Belula February 14, 2016

Hello Nicoletta, Baking is just very therapeutic,, isn't it! I love it too! Thanks :)

Clari RR November 24, 2015

Belu! Me encantó! La voy a hacer como postre para Thanksgiving. Te felicito por el blog- muy lindo y las recetas copadas. Si paso por Paris te aviso :) Un abrazo!

Belén Gowland
Belula March 05, 2016

Hola Clari, Y? Lo hiciste al final? Muchas gracias por las lindas palabras :) Que lindo que te guste!! Siii me encantaria que me avisaras si pasas por aca!! Un beso grande

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