Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
Save Recipe Print
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Almond Cream:
Caramel Sauce:
Tarts:

Directions

To make the almond cream: In the bowl of an electric mixer or with a wooden spoon, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, beat in well, and add the Amaretto. Stir in the ground almonds and flour until evenly mixed. The mixture should be the consistency of a thick paste.

To make the caramel sauce: In a small sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, butter and cream. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil vigorously for 2 minutes, remove from the heat. Cover and keep warm at the back of the stove.

To make the tarts: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 1/8 inch thickness and, using a plate or cardboard circle as a template, use a very sharp knife to cut four 7 inch circles. Spread a circle of almond cream in the center of each, leaving a 1inch border. Fan the sliced pears out from the center of each tart, completely covering the almond cream but still leaving the border. Beat the egg yolk lightly with a fork and brush the border of the pastry with it (try not to let any yolk dribble down onto the cut edges of the pastry, otherwise it will not rise as high). Bake the tarts for about 20 minutes, until the edges are golden and the pastry is baked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes Place a sprig of mint in the center of each tart and sprinkle it with a little confectioners sugar. Serve warm, drizzled with the warm caramel sauce.

Cook's Note

To make ground almonds, freeze whole or sliced blanched almonds, then process them in a blender in short bursts, scraping down the sides as necessary, until they are evenly ground. Do not over process or allow them to get warm, otherwise they will turn into nut butter.

My Private Notes

Add a Note
Get the Recipe

Beer Can Cauliflower

Move over, chicken. There's a new grill star in town.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Rustic Pear Tart

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri

Chestnut and Pear Stuffing

Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell

Pear Walnut Wontons

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson

Roasted Pears with Amaretti and Amaretto

Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Strawberry and Raspberry Festive Tart

Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Toasted Gingerbread with Grilled Pears and Caramel

Recipe courtesy of Southmoreland on the Plaza

White Chocolate Pear and Fig Morning Bread

Recipe courtesy of Naylet Larochelle

Poached Pears in Honey, Ginger and Cinnamon Syrup

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Check Out Our

          Get a sneak-peek of the new Food Network recipe page and give us your feedback.

          See it Now!

          Latest Stories