Now that the holiday rush is in full swing, we at Psst.ph shares with you one of the easiest recipes yet a sure hit among family and friends which you could prepare during parties and get-togethers. In preparation for the Christmas season, we asked our chef friend to share with us one of his best recipe and sweet dreamy creation for desserts called Pear and Almond Tart. While we don’t necessarily expect you to make such elaborate creation, we hope to inspire you with what can be done. What used to be a time when fruitcakes almost exclusively dominated gift-giving rotations, sweet treats such as this pear and almond tart now make their way to our households. This simple tart is so easy to do and you can make batches and prepare in advance for giveaways.
You don’t necessarily have to be a baking guru in order to create this easy-peasy recipe. This is simple enough even for novices in the kitchen. Making tarts involves a few separate processes that all come together towards the end. Each stage is equally important, each procedure is a necessity for the final product to work.
It is quite often rewarding to be able to see the tart come out of the oven looking as it should do. It doesn’t end there though, as a few more tense moments occur when the time comes to release the tart from the pan and when it is sliced.
For the crust:
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup salted butter cut into small cubes and kept very cold
2-4 tbsp water
For the pears
4 pcs pears
2 cups white whine or red if you want the color to contrast
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
juice of half a lemon
For the almond filling
1 cup ground almonds
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
Combine water and lemon juice in a saucepan. Peel pears, cut in half lengthwise and core. Place in lemon water, add sugar and wine and let simmer until just tender.
For the crust
In a large bowl, rub together flour and cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add water a tablespoon at a time until you can form a dough.
Wrap dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, roll dough into 1/8-inch thickness. Place over buttered tart pan, and press gently into the sides and bottom. Cover tears and holes with excess dough.
Using a fork, poke holes into the bottom part of the tart. Place tart in a freezer for an hour. Preheat oven for 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once tart is frozen, line with parchment or wax paper. Fill with beans, rice or baking beans to provide weight. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crust is cooked but still lightly colored. Remove baking beans and paper. Tart crust is now ready to be filled.
For the filling
In bowl, combine soft butter and sugar and whisk until well combined. Add flour, ground almonds and egg and mix until batter is smooth.
Pour almond paste over tart base. Arrange pears and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and remove tart from pan.
Holiday flavors truly mark Christmas season’s festivities. With this pear and almond tart, we hope you will be able to enjoy this sweet dessert with your family and friends.