I was just waiting for the pear production from our tree to begin to make this pie. The combination of pears with this almond cream is simply delicious.
The only thing I changed is that the suggested time in the oven, which was too much in my opinion. The crust was too dark for my taste, and I tried to keep an eye on it. It could also be something with my oven, which is not the most precise. So I put the time I think it should be and you pay attention to your tart. Nevertheless, until I make this tart again, let’s stay with these pictures =)
Almond and Pear Tart
Adapted from Bon Appétit Magazine
- 4 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 medium-size firm but ripe Bosc pears, peeled (each about 7 ounces)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup blanched slivered almonds
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 7 tablespoons sugar
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- Powdered sugar (optional)
Bring 4 cups water, sugar, and lemon juice to boil in large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add pears. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until pears are very tender, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes. Cool pears in syrup. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Blend powdered sugar, almonds, and salt in processor until nuts are finely ground. Add butter and blend until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Mix in egg yolk. Add flour. Using on/off turns, blend until dough comes together in clumps. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 3 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
For almond filling:
Finely grind almonds and flour in processor. Mix in 7 tablespoons sugar, then butter, blending until smooth. Mix in egg. Transfer filling to medium bowl. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.)
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 190°C/375°F. Roll out chilled dough on floured sheet of parchment paper to 30cm round, lifting and turning dough occasionally to free from paper. Using paper as aid, turn dough into 23cm diameter tart pan with removable bottom; peel off paper. Seal any cracks in dough. Trim overhang to 1/2 inch. Fold overhang in, making double-thick sides. Pierce crust all over with fork. Freeze crust 10 minutes.
Line crust with buttered foil, buttered side down, then fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake crust until sides are set, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and beans. Bake crust until sides are golden and bottom is set, pressing with back of fork if crust bubbles, about 10 minutes longer. Cool crust in pan on rack. Reduce oven temperature to 175°C/350°F.
Spread almond filling evenly in crust. Stem pears and cut each in half lengthwise; scoop out cores. Cut each half crosswise into thin slices. Gently press each pear half to fan slices but keep slices tightly overlapped. Slide spatula under pears and arrange atop filling like spokes of wheel with narrow ends in center.
Bake tart until golden and tester inserted into center of filling comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool tart in pan on rack. Push pan bottom up, releasing tart from pan. (Can be made 8 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.) Cut tart into wedges; sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve.
Yield: 8 servings