Friday, 4 January 2013

French Food Friday...Tarte aux poires et aux amandes







Bonjour mes belles,

The first recipe for 2013..it is one of my favourite's. Hope you enjoy making it as much as we enjoy eating it!



Tarte aux poires et aux amandes

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 to 12 portions

This recipe makes enough for one large tart or two smaller ones
Make the pastry first, as you’ll need to let it chill for an hour before rolling it out.

Pâte sablée


Ingredients

  • 250 grams (9 ounces) flour
  • 125 grams (4.5 ounces) butter
  • 60 grams (2 ounces) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Place the flour and sugar in a bowl, add a pinch of salt and mix well.
  2. Cut butter into small pieces and work into flour until a fine texture is obtained.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the egg. Gently work the egg through the mixture using your fingers, then knead gently a few times.
  4. Refrigerate for one hour before using (very important – otherwise the pastry will be too soft to handle and roll out).

Almond cream filling


Ingredients

  • 150 grams (5 1/4 ounces) powdered almonds
  • 150 grams (5 1/4 ounces) sugar
  • 150 grams (5 1/4 ounces) butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 30 grams (1 ounce) flour
  • 4-5 pears, peeled, cored and halved
  • A few drops of almond extract or a tablespoon of kirsch (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, gradually adding flour, sugar and almond powder.
  2. Add eggs one at a time and continue mixing until pale and creamy.
  3. Add almond extract if desired.

To assemble the tart

  1. Roll out the chilled pastry and carefully place it in a large tart pan, then pour the cream into the unbaked crust.
  2. On a cutting board, thinly slice each pear half without going all the way through.
  3. Carefully arrange the sliced pear halves in the almond cream.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees C (400 degrees F) for 30 minutes or until done.
The surface should be lightly browned and a knife inserted in the centre should come out clean. Allow to cool completely before serving. Sprinkle with a little icing sugar if desired and serve with chocolate sauce.

.....bon appetit à tous, Leeann x

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful. This sounds absolutely délicieux, and what a great way to start the new year! Meilleurs voeux, chère Leeann. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  2. I am hosting a lunch on Sunday and was wondering which dessert to prepare...problem solved! Merci beaucoup Leeann!

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  3. very good recipes, I will do them as soon as possible!

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    1. This tart is one of my all-time favourites but I do recommend serving it while there is still a little warmth left in the pears.

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