Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Baking - Sweet

Pear and Almond Tart

1 serving

servings

1 hour 30 minutes

total time

Ingredients

1 Homemade Sweet Tart Crust (9–10 inch, 23–25 cm)

½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick, 8 Tbsp; at room temperature) 1 8

1 cup confectioners’ sugar (or substitute ½ cup, 100 g granulated sugar) ½ 100

1 cup almond flour

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (plain flour)

¼ tsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt

2 large eggs (50 g each w/o shell) (at room temperature)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 Tbsp rum (optional)

1 tsp almond extract (increase to 1½ tsp if you skip the rum) 1½

3 Bartlett or Anjou pears (use smaller ones possible; You can use canned pear halves instead. Drain the canned pears and dry them well before using them.)

½ lemon

3 Tbsp apricot jam

1 tsp confectioners’ sugar (for sprinkling)

1 Tbsp sliced almonds (for sprinkling)

Directions

To Make the Sweet Tart Crust

Make 1 Homemade Sweet Tart Crust that‘s “partially baked“ by following this step. You can make the tart crust ahead of time.

To Make the Almond Cream Filling (Frangipane)

Gather all the ingredients. Make sure to take out the butter and eggs from the refrigerator and keep at room temperature. If the eggs are too cold when you add to the mixture, they reduce the temperature of the butter, making emulsion more difficult. Adding the eggs all at once also inhibits emulsion, and results in that scrambled egg appearance. You can soak the cold eggs for 5 minutes in warm (not hot!) water, but it‘s best to take out both butter and eggs out from the fridge earlier.

In a large bowl, cream the softened ½ cup unsalted butter.

Add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and mix well until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.

Add 1 cup almond flour, 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (plain flour), and ¼ tsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt, and mix well.

Add 2 large eggs (50 g each w/o shell) one at a time and incorporate into the mixture.

Add 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tsp almond extract, and 1 Tbsp rum.

Whisk until homogenized and smooth. The almond cream can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 to 5 days or frozen for weeks.

For the Assembly

Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC). For a convection oven, reduce cooking temperature by 25ºF (15ºC). Melt 3 Tbsp apricot jam and 1 Tbsp water in the microwave for 10 seconds until liquified. Apply the jam on the base of the cooled pastry case to prevent soggy bottom. Reserve the jam for later. Fill the baked tart crust with almond cream, smoothing out to the edges with an offset spatula, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

Meanwhile, peel 3 Bartlett or Anjou pears, cut each in half lengthwise, and scoop out cores.

Cut each half crosswise into ⠛-inch (3-mm) slices. Squeeze the lemon and rub the pears with the juice from ½ lemon to prevent browning.

Take out the tart crust from the refrigerator. Gently press each pear half to fan out toward the stem/top side. Slide the knife under pears and transfer to the almond filling.

Arrange the top with points facing in and pears fanning out toward the center. Make sure to space pears out so they are not touching, as the filling will puff up and they need room to expand.

Bake the Tart

Bake the tart at 375ºF (190ºC) until golden brown or the bamboo skewer inserted into the center of filling comes out clean, about 40–45 minutes.

Remove the tart from the oven and let cool in the pan on the wire rack. Brush the pears with the leftover apricot jam. Once it’s cool, carefully unmold the tart.

Toast 1 Tbsp sliced almonds in a frying pan (no oil) until golden, about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle 1 tsp confectioners’ sugar and toasted almond slices on top, if desired, and serve slightly warm. Cut into wedges and enjoy!

Storage

The tart can be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Slightly reheat the tart before serving.

Nutrition

Serving Size

9 inch tart

Calories

3499 kcal

Total Fat

210 g

Saturated Fat

80 g

Unsaturated Fat

-

Trans Fat

4 g

Cholesterol

616 mg

Sodium

1164 mg

Total Carbohydrate

368 g

Dietary Fiber

36 g

Total Sugars

204 g

Protein

56 g

1 serving

servings

1 hour 30 minutes

total time
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