John's Pear and Almond-Cream Tart

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  • Servings: 8
John's Pear and Almond-Cream Tart

Source: Everyday Food, November 2008


For The Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

For The Filling

  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pear halves, drained, patted dry, and sliced lengthwise


  1. Make dough: In a food processor, combine flour, salt, and granulated sugar; pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, gradually add up to 2 tablespoons more ice water).

  2. Transfer dough (still crumbly) onto a piece of plastic wrap. Form into a 3/4-inch-thick disk; wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough to a 12-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan, pressing up sides. Run a rolling pin across the top of pan to trim the edge; refrigerate.

  4. Make filling: In a food processor, pulse almonds with confectioners' sugar until finely ground. Add butter, egg, flour, salt, and almond extract; process almond cream until well combined.

  5. Spread cup jam on bottom of tart shell, then spread almond cream on top; chill for 15 minutes. Arrange pear slices in a fan pattern over almond cream; place tart on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and almond cream is puffed and set. Transfer tart to a wire rack; let cool in pan. Remove tart from pan. Melt remaining cup jam; brush over tart.

Cook's Notes

You can make the dough up to 3 days ahead and refrigerate it. Feel free to use hazelnuts instead of almonds in the filling and to choose another type of jam.


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