This luscious chocolate tart is topped with sliced pears.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan with butter; set aside.

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  • In a food processor, combine almonds and sugar; process until very finely ground. Add butter, eggs, cocoa, vanilla, salt, and almond extract, if using; process until combined. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan.

  • Peel, halve, and core pears; cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rubbing them with lemon as you work (to prevent discoloration). Arrange slices on chocolate mixture, slightly overlapping, without pressing in.

  • Place pan on a baking sheet; bake until top is puffed and a toothpick inserted in center of chocolate mixture comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

  • Briefly heat jelly in the microwave or on the stove until liquefied. Gently brush pears with jelly; let set, at least 20 minutes. Remove tart from pan, and serve.

Cook's Notes

For a pretty effect, arrange slices so the curved edges all face the same way and the narrow ends point toward the center of the tart.

Reviews (10)

129 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 55
  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2016
Delicious!! I allowed the pears to be cooked inside the tart batter, and covered top of tart with chocolate ganache. I was inspired from carving an 'apple turkey' from when I was a kid (look it up on youtube) and figured the color and shape of a pear would lend well to carve a swan. The swan would need a dark base, hence the chocolate ganache. Poach a pear for the swan. Line rim of 'pond' with sliced almonds. Make head and neck of swan from piece of raw pear dipped in lemon juice.
Rating: Unrated
10/01/2013
This was fabulous! It took a lot of restraint not to eat the whole thing the first night! Mine wasn't as pretty as the picture as the pears sunk in the batter, probably because I tried to fit all 3 pears on top. And because they sunk, I didn't brush it with the apple jelly. Next time only 2 pears, and I'll try the jelly or maybe a little amaretto...
Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2011
Delicious! Easy to make but tastes much more labor intensive. I only needed two pears. I love almond extract so I used a whole teaspoon. Next time I might also add some rum extract. I don't have a tart pan with a removable-bottom so I used a regular one with non-stick aluminum foil. The tart didn't stick but started to break apart when I tried to remove it.
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Rating: Unrated
05/24/2011
Great recipe! The tart is rich and the pears are subtle. Three pears is too many, though. I only used two. Also, be sure to butter the sides of the tart pan VERY well or it will stick.
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11/01/2010
I made this last night and although delicious, all my pears sank down into the chocolate tart, so it didn't look as pretty as the picture. Not sure what I did wrong - maybe the slices were too thick?
Rating: Unrated
10/14/2009
Made this last night-the almond extract really added just the right touch. Yum! And pretty too!
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Rating: Unrated
02/28/2009
Lovely!
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02/28/2009
Lovely!
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02/21/2009
Delicious! Super easy! I only needed 2 pears. I made this for a ladies night and they were rather impressed. The girls thought I actually bought the tart. Then I told them that I made it!
Rating: Unrated
12/27/2008
super easy !!! and delishh recipe. I wonder if apples work . This is a keeper !!