Thursday, 12 February 2009

French Pear and Almond Tart

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It was my friend J's birthday on Monday and for a while now I seem to have been established in the role of the birthday cake baker at work. So of course I baked a cake for J. I wanted to try something different and new, which can be a bit risky if you're baking for somebody else, especially for somebody who loves baking themselves, and who is very good at it. I didn't let that put me off though.



Trawling my cookbooks and the web for inspiration I came across Dorie Greenspan's recipe for French Pear and Almond Tart, which had gotten rave reviews from all the Tuesday with Dorie Bakers, so I figured that I couldn't really go wrong with it. I didn't (go wrong with it, that is).

I like pears and I like almonds and as far as I knew so did J., so combining them in a tart seemed like a clever idea. The result was really good. Sweet but not overly so. Moist from the frangipane filling. Crumbly around the outside, because of the rich buttery pastry. But why don't you try it for yourself. You can find the recipe here.

20 comments:

Lennie Nash said...

that looks blooming delicious! will definitely try the recipe - when my oven's finally fixed!

ginger@dinnerdiary.org said...

Oooh, lovely. Stephen ordered this in a restaurant recently and I loved it. I've been wanting a slice of my own ever since.

Gloria said...

This Tart really look beatiful Sylvie! I love pears!! Gloria

Trish Sharp said...

ooooooh..... your pie is sooooo pretty!!

Kevin said...

That pear tart looks great! I like the slice pears that can be seen on top.

Jan said...

Love the look of that tart Sylvie!

David Hall said...

Delicious tasrt sylvie, pear and almond are such a lovely combo. I made a wet pear, almond and polenta cake last week which I'll be blogging soon. By the way, double check your title! Almon? :o)

Cheers
David

Anne said...

That looks really delicious, save me a slice!

Sylvie said...

Lennie, I hope you'll get your oven fixed soon. It's such a pain to have appliances that don't work.

Ginger, now you can have a slice whenever you feel like it.

Trish, Gloria, Kevin and Jan, thanks for the lovely comments.

David, thanks for pointing that out. It's so easy to overlook silly mistakes like that.

Anna, I would save you a slice, but I'm afraid there were none left to save.

squirrelbread said...

this is luscious! bravo! a fine birthday treat.

cheers,

*heather*

Sue said...

Sylvie that tart looks so good! I'm going to save the recipe as Craig has such a sweet tooth he would love it.

Rosie said...

Sylvie, that Tart looks absolutely gorgeous!! Now I NEED to bake this too :0) Happy birthday to J too...

Rosie x

Deborah said...

What a gorgeous tart!

Sam said...

That looks fantastic, I'm it tasted it too!

Nicisme said...

That's a great looking tart Sylvie!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

That does look delicious. I am going to visit my daughter next weekend - may bake one to take with me! A x

Marie said...

Your tart looks delicious Sylvie and has me wanting to bake this tart again!

Peter M said...

Sylvie, you make this kind of stuff for coffee & tea wonderfully. Anyone would feel at home being served this.

Margaret said...

This is just my type of tart Sylvie. Pears and almonds are a wonderful combo.

chocolate&jasmine said...

That looks delicious. I love almond tarts and they go with so many different fruits. Pear is a lovely one!