Rewind to French Pear Tart

by Michelle on April 13, 2009

Being this was Easter week I was pressed for time and was unable to make this weeks’ Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, 15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte, hosted by Holly of Phe/MOM/enon. My apologies to Holly.

However, for our Easter dinner dessert I did make the French Pear Tart which was a recent recipe for the 1 year anniversary of TWD and hosted by Dorie Greenspan. I realize this does not fulfill my obligations to TWD but don’t worry, I am looking forward to next week’s recipe. In fact I’m looking forward to the next 2 recipes!! 😉

The French Pear Tart was delicious and was a perfect dessert for my Easter main course of Stuffed Pork Loin with Balsamic Sweet Cherry Sauce. The crust for the Tart was also a recipe from Dorie and it was so easy to work with and I loved it. And I can’t wait to make this tart with apples. Gosh, it was SOOoooo good!!!

French Pear Tart
Recipe adapted from “Baking from my Home to Yours” by Dorie Greenspan

Pears:
6 canned pear halves OR 3 medium pears, firm but ripe
1 lemon
4 cups water, optional
1 1/4 cups sugar, optional

Almond Cream:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup ground blanched almonds
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 large egg
2 teaspoons dark rum or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 partially-baked 9-inch tart shell, made with Sweet Tart Dough (see below), at room temperature

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting, or apple jelly for glazing

Makes 6 servings

Sweet Tart Dough
Recipe adapted from “Baking from my Home to Yours” by Dorie Greenspan

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon (4 1/2 ounces) very cold (or frozen) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk

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  • Maria April 13, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Gorgeous tart. I need to make this one!

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies April 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I really enjoyed this one, now I want it all over again. Looks yummy!

  • Kim - Easy French Food April 14, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Your tart looks lovely – I am never patient enough to get mine looking so nice. Here’s another French pear tart recipe that my neighbor from Alsace gave me – it includes chocolate: < HREF="http://www.easy-french-food.com/pear-dessert-recipe.html" REL="nofollow">pear dessert recipe<>.

  • Teanna April 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    That tart looks like PERFECTION! I had to skip it because I was away on vacation for two weeks when we made this, but you just reminded me how much I want to make this!

  • Andrea at Nummy Kitchen April 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Beautiful! We loved this recipe too :) I bet it would be amazing with apples and will have to try that this fall, great idea!

  • elra April 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    What a delicious and scrumptious looking pear tart. This one is my favorite.
    Cheers,
    elra

  • Kayte April 15, 2009 at 12:21 am

    We really loved this dessert, too. Yours looks lovely…and what a great choice for Easter.

  • Jessica April 15, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I loved this tart and I think it’s a great rewind. When I made it in January I was so pleasantly surprised by how wonderful it tastes. The almond cream is just heavenly, isn’t it?

  • Leslie April 15, 2009 at 1:07 am

    This looks perfect! Thanks for reminding me how great this one was!

  • natalia April 15, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Ciao ! Michelle ! This was a great recipe ! I like the way your came out ! And the pork loin must hae been fantastic !!

  • Bungalow Barbara April 17, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Lovely! If I hadn’t just eaten a slice of the Chocolate Amaretti Torte, I’d really be craving a slice of the Pear Tart. It was wonderful! (So was the Amaretti Torte — but I bet the Pear Tart complimented the pork much better. Good choice!)

  • Elyse April 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Wow, this French pear tart is quite delicious. Talk about a gorgeous and tasty dessert. I’m sure all of your Easter guests loved this one!

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