Recipe courtesy of Lassen and Hennings

Pear Tarts

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  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 12 to 14 (2-inch) tarts
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2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 pound or 2 cups pastry flour


4 tablespoons almond paste

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter

1 cup ground almonds

7 eggs

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tablespoon almond flavor extract

2 (16-ounce) cans peeled pear halves


  1. 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


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 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