Pear and Almond Tart (Tarte Poires et Amandes) is a classic French dessert with sweet pears nestled in a Frangipane Cream and baked inside a homemade tart.
A very special thank you to my dear friend, Sylvie, who started up the "International Cooking Club" (ICC) of Hong Kong. We are a group of about 25 diverse international women who love to cook and teach others how to prepare dishes from our home country or other places we have lived.
The ICC is a delightful group of passionate foodies. Their zest for learning new cooking techniques and sharing new recipes never ceases to amaze me.
We have many countries represented in our International Cooking Club of Hong Kong. Being such a diverse group, we are able to experience different cultures and culinary delights from all over the world, without ever getting on a plane.
Last week, we started off the ICC season with a taste from Burgundy, France with an interactive cooking session with our host and creator, Sylvie. She instructed us how to make a lovely meal of gougeres (cheese puffs), salade de magrets de canard (duck breast salad), boeuf Bourguignon (Burgundy beef stew) and for dessert a delightful tarte poires et amandes (pear and almond tart).
Every dish was wonderful, but the pear and almond tart was huge hit at our ICC gathering. As a matter of fact, I think we all had at least 2 slices each. (As professional foodie quality assurance testers, we had to make sure it was all okay....) Our final analysis- absolutely delicious!
Pears are in full season now. A French pear and almond tart is a beautiful dish to serve to your guests for an easy autumn gathering. This dessert is not too sweet and it has a light and delicate crust and the filling has a smooth and creamy texture combined with the pears that is a perfect complement to one another. Well don't take my word for it, give it a try as it is quite easy and fun to make.
Pear and Almond Tart
Sweet Pastry Dough
- 200 grams flour
- 100 grams butter
- 80 grams granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 120 grams butter
- 120 grams granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 120 grams ground almonds
- 25 grams flour all purpose
- 1 tablespoon rum
- 3-4 pears
ripe peeled, cored and halved (sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent oxidation)
Make Sweet Pastry Dough
- Place the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter until you have a bread crumb consistency. Make a well in the center of the flour.
- Mix the egg and sugar together in a bowl until well combined. Pour the mixture into the well in the flour. Add a pinch of salt.
- Mix the egg mixture into the flour to form a dough. (If the consistency is too wet, add a little more flour as needed)
- Place the pastry in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to rest.
Make the Frangipane Cream
- Place the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl and mix them together until creamy and light.
- On low-speed, mix the eggs in one at time until well combined.
- Sift the flour and ground almonds together. Slowly add the almond and flour mixture to the butter mixture while the motor is running. (You can do this with an electric blender but the motor we are referring to here is a manual "arm motor" as we mixed everything by hand. Now we have very strong biceps!) Mix the ingredients together until you have a creamy mixture. Set aside.
- Remove the pastry from the refrigerator 10 minutes before you need it. Roll it out on a well floured surface until it is around 0.5-0.7cm thick. Lightly grease a 24-26cm tart tin. Line the tart tin with the pastry and prick it with a fork.
- Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Place the pear halves in the tin cut side down and stem end toward the center, so they are evenly separated over the tart.
- Bake the pastry and pears for 10 minutes until pears are just firm and without color. Remove the pastry from the oven and allow it to cool.
- Reduce the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius. Pour the frangipane cream over the pears in the tart evenly (do not over fill as it will rise)
- Place the tart in the preheated oven and cook for about 30-40 minutes until the frangipane cream is golden brown, risen and firm. (If crust starts to brown too quickly before the frangipane has a chance to cook, then tent with a piece aluminum foil)
- Remove the tart from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. (Carefully, you can then remove your tart from the tin)
- Allow the tart to cool until ready to serve at room temperature and enjoy! Bon Appetit!