This chocolate pear tart is AMAZING! The first time I made it was with freshly harvested Manitoba pears. It’s not often I get to pick pears in Manitoba, but when we do, there’s typically a big bounty – enough to experiment with!
You can even dress it up to celebrate Pi Day as I did here.
- 1 ½ cups Fine Ground Almonds
- 3 tbsp Sugar
- 1 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate
- 1/3 cup Butter
- 2 Pears, fresh, canned or poached
- 2 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate
- ½ cup Whipping Cream
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 2 Eggs, separated
- 1 tsp Almond Extract
- Chocolate Almond Crust
- Mix almonds and sugar in a medium bowl.
- Melt chocolate in a separate bowl.
- Melt butter and mix into chocolate.
- Mix chocolate and butter into the almond mix.
- Stir until well blended.
- Pour into a 9 or 10 inch (23-25 cm) tart pan or springform pan.
- Press mixture evenly into pan and ½ inch (1.2 cm) up the sides.
- Refrigerate until needed.
- In medium pot on medium heat, melt chocolate in cream, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Mix sugar, egg yolks and almond extract. Add to chocolate mix.
- Heat slowly on medium heat, stirring constantly. Do not boil.
- Heat for 3 minutes until mixture is smooth and thick.
- Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Mix 1/3 of egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
- Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Pour the batter into the crust and place pears on top in your preferred pear design (half pears, sliced pears, arranged in circles, Pi shape, flower shape, diagonals, clusters, etc.).
- Bake in centre of oven for 30 minutes or until chocolate mixture has set.
- Remove from oven and cool before slicing.
- I have used fresh, canned and even poached pears in this recipe - all delicious!
- Yield 1 9-10 inch tart
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