How to Bake a Gourmet Pear and Frangipane Tart with a Shortcrust Pastry?

There is something undeniably comforting about the smell of a homemade tart baking in the oven. As you anticipate the deliciously sweet taste of the pear filling, complemented by the nutty frangipane, every minute seems like an eternity. If you’re a fan of pastries, this guide will teach you how to bake a gourmet pear and frangipane tart with a shortcrust pastry.

Gathering Your Ingredients

Before you start baking this delectable tart, you need to ensure you have all the necessary ingredients. For this recipe, the tart’s components are divided into three parts – the filling, the pastry, and the frangipane.

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The filling requires:

  • 4 ripe pears
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar

For the pastry:

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  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 9 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg yolk

For the frangipane:

  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preparing the Shortcrust Pastry

The first step in this delightful recipe involves preparing the shortcrust pastry. This type of pastry is well-loved for its buttery and crumbly texture, making it the perfect crust for our tart.

Combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the unsalted butter, ensuring it is cold and cut into small pieces. You want to rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Next, stir in the egg yolk. If the dough is too dry, add a few drops of ice water. You should be able to form a ball of dough without it being too sticky. Wrap this in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Making the Pear Filling

As your dough is chilling, it’s time to prepare the pear filling. Start by peeling your ripe pears, removing the core, and cutting them into thin slices. Mix the pear slices with the granulated sugar and let them sit. The sugar will draw out the pear’s natural juices, intensifying the sweetness and flavor that will be the tart’s highlight.

Preparing the Frangipane

Frangipane, a creamy filling made from ground almonds, is a classic in tart baking. It adds a rich, nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the pears.

To prepare the frangipane, start with the almond flour and sugar in a bowl. Add the unsalted butter, ensuring it is at room temperature and cut into pieces. Mix these ingredients until they form a smooth paste. Finally, add the egg and vanilla extract, continuing to mix until everything is well incorporated.

Assembling and Baking the Tart

Now that all the components are ready, it’s time to assemble and bake your tart. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (F) and lightly grease a tart pan.

Roll out your chilled dough on a lightly floured surface, ensuring it’s large enough to fit your pan. Carefully lift the dough into the pan and press it into the corners. Trim any excess dough that hangs over the edge.

Spread the frangipane evenly over the bottom of the pastry. Arrange the pear slices on top of the frangipane. Place the tart in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the pears are tender.

Remove the tart from the oven and let it cool before serving. The result is a gourmet pear and frangipane tart with a shortcrust pastry, oozing with a blend of sweet and nutty flavors and a perfect balance of texture from the crumbly crust to the soft pear filling.

Poaching Pears for Added Sweetness and Softness

For an extra level of sophistication and a more intense pear flavor, you might want to consider poaching your pears before adding them to the tart. Poached pears in your frangipane tart will provide a beautiful contrast with the rich and nutty almond cream filling.

First, peel your pear slices and put them in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the pears and the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. You can also add a touch of vanilla extract to the poaching liquid to enhance the flavor further. Over medium heat, bring the liquid to a simmer. The pears should be fully submerged in the poaching liquid. Let the pears poach in the simmering liquid until they are soft, which generally takes about 20 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the pears from the liquid, and let them cool to room temperature. Make sure to save your poaching liquid – reduced down; it can make a beautiful syrup for serving alongside your tart. This method will yield soft and extra flavorful pears that will elevate the taste of your pear frangipane tart.

Final Touches and Serving Suggestions

Once your pear and frangipane tart has cooled, you can add some final touches to make it truly gourmet. One lovely option is to dust it lightly with powdered sugar. The white sugar contrasts beautifully with the golden baked tart shell and pear slices, making it look as good as it tastes.

For a richer finish, you might want to consider brushing the top of the tart with some of the reduced pear poaching liquid. It will add a glossy finish and an additional layer of flavor.

When serving, cut the tart into wedges using a sharp knife. A scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of crème fraîche can work wonders with the warmed-up tart. Remember, the tart is best served warm or at room temperature.

Conclusion

Baking this gourmet pear and frangipane tart with a shortcrust pastry may seem like a laborious process. However, the results are more than worth it. The sweet and tender poached pears, the rich and nutty almond frangipane, and the buttery shortcrust pastry all combine to create a dessert that is comforting, elegant, and simply irresistible.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, following these steps will help you create a pear tart that your guests will be talking about long after the dinner party ends. So, why not roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get started on this culinary journey? Once you’ve tasted this frangipane tart, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make it sooner. Happy baking!