This pear almond tart, made with pears, ground almonds, and a sweet pastry dough, is a classic French dessert. Easy yet elegant. A terrific autumn recipe.
Though French in origin, this classic pear almond tart knows no bounds in terms of its appeal. While we appreciate the taste and that’s what prompts us to make it again and again, we also swoon to the sleek elongated lines of the tart. [Editor’s Note: The only trick to recreating them at home is not everyone has a 13-inch rectangular tart pan like the one shown in the photo above. Thankfully this recipe also works quite admirably in a good old 11-inch round tart pan.] Sometimes the pears are simply halved, but it looks more attractive if they are sliced.–Laura Washburn
Pear Almond Tart FAQs
What are the best types of pears to use for this tart?
Select firm, ripe pears that will stand up to baking. Bosc or Anjou would work well here.
How should I serve this tart?
This classic French dessert requires no more than a dollop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream.
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Pear Almond Tart
This pear and almond tart, made with pears, ground almonds, and a sweet pastry dough, is a classic French dessert. Easy yet elegant. A terrific fall dessert recipe.
Prep 35 mins
Cook 50 mins
Total 2 hrs
For the pear and almond filling
Make the pastry dough
Place the flour, sugar, butter, and salt in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is just combined (somewhere between 5 and 10 pulses). Add 4 tablespoons water and pulse just until the dough holds together. If necessary, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse just until the dough begins to clump.
Wrap the dough in waxed paper and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.
Let the dough rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Butter and lightly flour an 13-by-4-inch (33-by-10-cm) tart pan with a removable bottom or an 11-inch (28-cm) round tart pan with a removable bottom.
Roll out the pastry dough on a floured work surface to a circle slightly larger than the tart pan. Transfer the dough to the pan, allowing the excess to hang over the edges of the pan. Gently press the dough into the pan. Roll a rolling pin over the top, using the edge of the pan as a cutting surface, and let the excess pastry fall away. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
Prick the pastry all over with the tines of a fork, line it with parchment paper, and fill with baking weights. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the parchment and weights and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, until golden. Let cool to room temperature before filling.
Make the pear and almond filling
Decrease the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).
In a bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat with a handheld or stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the almonds, flour, and vanilla seeds or extract and mix just until combined.
Spoon the filling into the partially baked pastry shell and smooth the surface.
Arrange the pear slices on top of the almond mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden. Let cool slightly before slicing. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Serving: 1portionCalories: 606kcal (30%)Carbohydrates: 61g (20%)Protein: 10g (20%)Fat: 38g (58%)Saturated Fat: 18g (113%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 132mg (44%)Sodium: 223mg (10%)Potassium: 171mg (5%)Fiber: 6g (25%)Sugar: 27g (30%)Vitamin A: 929IU (19%)Vitamin C: 4mg (5%)Calcium: 70mg (7%)Iron: 3mg (17%)
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Originally published October 2, 2013