Pear Almond Tarts

By cookingcontestjunkie
September 15, 2011
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Pear Almond Tarts

Author Notes: This comes from an abundance of local pears and the love of almond paste!cookingcontestjunkie

Serves: 4

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cold,unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 pound almond paste
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 4 pears,peeled,cored,thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup seedless red jam of choice,mixed with a little water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  1. Combine crust ingredients(1 1/2 cups flour,3/4 cup butter,cut in pieces,1 T.sugar,pinch of salt)in bowl with pastry blender or 2 knives until the consistency of coarse bread crumbs.Add 2-3 T cold water.Form into ball and refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Mix almond paste,egg yolks,1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter in a food processor.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Roll out dough and press into 4 6-inch tart pans.Spread almond filling on bottom of each.Divide pear slices on top,brush with jam.Bake 25-30 minutes.Let cool or serve slightly warm,dusted with confectioners sugar,if desired,or a dollop of whipped cream.

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