Pear Almond Tart Recipe

If you've never tried a pear-centric dessert before, then you sure are missing out. Pears commonly go overlooked, but they are a delicious fruit, full of subtly sweet flavors and juiciness. This pear almond tart recipe, courtesy of recipe developer Eric Ngo, also incorporates the rich, nutty flavors of sliced almonds, resulting in a dessert that looks elegant and tastes amazing. No matter what you serve for dinner, there's no doubt that this tart will delight your family or guests as the perfect post-meal pastry.

"My favorite thing about this recipe is its simplicity and how travel-friendly it is," Ngo says. Indeed, it is a simple dessert recipe, with just three components — the crust, filling, and layered pears — making up the dish. As for the flavor of this tart, Ngo describes it as "nutty, buttery, and fruity," which sounds like a pretty perfect dessert in our book. You can finally give those apples, blueberries, and cherries a break and let pears (and almonds!) shine in this beautiful dessert. 

Gather the ingredients to make a pear almond tart

For this recipe, you'll need a pre-made pie crust, an egg, some butter, sugar, almond meal, 2 pears, and some almond shavings. "William pears are recommended for this dessert," Ngo advises. "In general, we are looking for soft and juicy pears. You can also use canned syrup pears!"

Lay out the pie crust in the tin

Before jumping into this recipe, preheat your oven to 350 F. Then, grab the tart pan and lay the pie crust out on top of it. Press the crust down into the crevices of the tin, and be sure to cut off any excess crust. Once the crust is settled into the tin, pop it into the fridge to chill while you work on the other steps of this recipe.

Mix the creamy almond filling

In a large bowl, add the butter, almond meal, and sugar. Cream these ingredients together with a spatula until they're thoroughly combined. Next, add in the egg and mix once again, until you have a smooth, creamy filling. Place the filling into the fridge to chill.

"I think the most challenging part might be making the almond cream 100% smooth," Ngo says of this step. "In order to achieve this, you must use softened butter and cream it well with the sugar and almond meal before adding the egg." He also stresses the importance of chilling the filling for at least 30 minutes before pouring it into the pie crust, so don't skimp on time during this step!

Slice the pears

Peel the pears, remove their cores, then cut them each in half, lengthwise. Then, slice each pear into ½-inch slices, as shown in the image.

Assemble, bake, and serve the pear almond tart

Grab both the pie crust and the almond cream from the fridge. Layer the cream into the bottom of the tart, then fan the pear slices out in four even sections (so, you can use ½ pear for each section). Sprinkle the almond shavings on top, then bake the tart for 25 minutes. Once the tart is done baking, allow it to cool for 15 minutes, then you can slice into it, serve, and savor in the flavors. 

"I recommend a dry white wine to go along with this dessert," Ngo suggests for a pairing option, adding that vanilla ice cream would complement the dessert as well. As for leftovers, you can simply reheat slices as you would any type of pie, and enjoy the flavors of this pear almond tart all week long.

Pear Almond Tart Recipe
4.9 from 19 ratings
If you've never made a pear-focused dessert before, it's time to whip up this recipe for a pear almond tart. It's the perfect decadent dessert.
Prep Time
25
minutes
Cook Time
25
minutes
Servings
4
Servings
pear almond tart on countertop
Total time: 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 roll pie crust
  • 1 egg
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 2 pears
  • ¼ cup almond shavings
Directions
  1. Line a tart mold with the pie crust and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar and almond meal with a spatula until smooth.
  3. Add the egg and mix until smooth. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Peel the pears, take the cores out, and cut them in half, length-wise.
  5. Slice the pears into ½-inch slices.
  6. Add the almond cream to the tart mold, and place the pear slices on top.
  7. Add the almond shavings.
  8. Bake the almond pear tart at 350 F for 25 minutes.
  9. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 566
Total Fat 35.1 g
Saturated Fat 13.7 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 70.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 59.3 g
Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
Total Sugars 22.2 g
Sodium 252.2 mg
Protein 7.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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