Add sugar, shortening and butter. Mix until well blended and creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the flour and combine all ingredients until well blended. Chill before rolling out. Roll out pastry and cut to fit into 2-inch tar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Add the sugar and almond paste and mix until well blended. Add the butter and mix until smooth and creamy. Add the ground almonds and mix until smooth. Add the eggs and flour and mix until creamy. Add the almond extract and combine. Add the pears (these will need to be either diced or cut the long way to fit into the mold.) Fill the pastry lined tarts with the filling. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a 350 de