Pear Almond Tart
I probably have mentioned a few times already that I do not “do” fancy desserts and therefore do not consider myself a “baker”. It isn’t that I CAN’T make some great multilayered dessert extravaganza, but I just do not have the patience to measure everything to the exact gram, and fiddle with ganache frostings, cream fillings and the such. Also, I guess I also should admit that when I am in the kitchen I almost always have two, three, even four things on the go at the same time, which works okay unless one of those things is a fussy dessert recipe that takes all of my attention. You can ignore a soup simmering away or sauce on the stove and even forget about bread proofing in the sunlight (for a while anyway) but forget you have a tart base that is in the oven for a few minutes more than it needs to bake and you have a disaster on your hands.
Which is why I LOVE desserts like this one! I have been searching for a fruit tart recipe that included a frangipane (fancy name for almond) filling for a while and in fact clipped a few that looked interesting but most were multi-stepped concoctions that would require me to actually focus on that one recipe for longer than I prefer. There is no “crust” in this tart as the batter creates it’s own and the filling is light, deliciously almond flavored and best of all for me anyways, not too sweet. Since it is fall and I always seem to have pears on hand I used pears in my version of this recipe, but you really could use just about any fresh stone fruit you prefer. I poached the pears (see below) to ensure they would tender before adding them to my cake, but if you used other smaller, softer fruit, you can ignore this step. I found this cake works great in a 9 inch tart pan with a removeable bottom. I used round but square would work just fine too. This dessert is pretty enough to serve as a dessert, but light enough to enjoy at breakfast or as a mid-morning snack with a cappuccino.
Pretty As A Picture But Delicious And Easy To Put Together Too!
Light, Moist And Not Too Sweet, Just How I Like My Desserts
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Deborah Mele 2011
Pear Almond Tart
There is no "crust" in this tart as the batter creates it's own and the filling is light, deliciously almond flavored and best of all not too sweet.
- 5 Large Egg Whites
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2/3 Cup Almond Flour (Or Similar In Finely Ground Almonds)
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Melted Butter, Cooled
- 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract or Amaretto Liqueur
- 2 Large Ripe Pears, Poached (See Instructions Below)
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly butter your 9 inch tart pan. In a large bowl beat together the egg whites and sugar until very thick and light.
- Add the almond extract.
- Fold in both the flours first just until combined, then add the melted butter.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and arrange your fruit on top. Mix together the topping ingredients and sprinkle on top.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Poached Pears: Cut the pears in half and scoop out the core/seeds.
- Peel the pears and place in a pot cut side down.
- Add one cinnamon stick and half a cup of sugar and then cover with water.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Once the pears are fork tender remove from the liquid and allow to cool.
- To cut the pears for the cake, cut off the longer thin stem end and slice the pears in 1/4 inch slices.
- Arrange the pears slices in a circular manner on top of the cake as shown in the photo.
is the 1/2 cup of flour in this recipe plain flour or self raising flour?
Cathy, I rarely if ever use self-rising flour and if I do use it I would write it as such. The flour in this recipe is all-purpose.
This looks like a wonderful recipe, can’t wait to try it
Hello! I stumbled upon this recipe and made it today. It was just delicious! I did poach the pears with star anise in lieu of cinnamon and added some cardamom to the topping, and it went well with the pears. Thanks for this great recipe! My only issue was that the batter was very soft, and so the pears, despite being thinly sliced, mostly sank down into the middle of the “cake” part. And the cake part was very loose, even after the maximum baking time. Do you think I overbeat the egg whites and made it too fluffy? Other than the spices, which shouldn’t make any difference, I followed the recipe to a T and used an exactly 9″ tart pan, so please let me know if you can think of any other reasons why I’d have had such a soft batter. Thank you again for a terrific recipe!
It is a very moist cake. You can see that my pears sunk a bit as well.