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Author Notes: This comes from an abundance of local pears and the love of almond paste! —cookingcontestjunkie
cups all purpose flour
cup cold,unsalted butter
pound almond paste
cup softened unsalted butter
cup seedless red jam of choice,mixed with a little water
pinch of salt
- 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.
- Mix almond paste,egg yolks,1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter in a food processor.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 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.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pears