Pear frangipane tart

6 Oct

Pear frangipane tart

The Great British Bake-off signature bakes seem to be increasing in complexity as the weeks go by – which is as it should be I guess.

Still, I find myself watching in trepidation, wondering what challenge I’ll be inflicting on myself next…

While I’m not a confident pastry maker,  I found this pear frangipane tart pretty simple to make. My only quibble was that after taking the trouble to arrange the pear slices in a lovely fan pattern, they sunk beneath the surface of the almond mixture when baked.

Pear frangipane tart

For the pastry:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g chilled butter, diced
  • 2-3 Tb cold water

For the filling:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • grated zest of a lemon
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 3 ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1 Tb melted butter
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 Tb apricot jam
  1. In a large bowl, rub the diced butter into the flour with your fingertips. Add just enough water to bring the mixture together into a ball. Press it into a flattened disk, wrap in cling film and chill for half an hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Roll out the dough into a large circle on a lightly floured surface. Line a loose bottomed 9″ pie tin, trimming the edges neatly. Fill with tin foil and baking beans. Bake ten minutes, then remove the foil and beans and bake for another ten minutes.
  4. Cream the butter and caster sugar. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and lemon zest. Stir in the ground almonds.
  5. Scrape the mixture into the tin, and spread evenly. Arrange the pear slices on top of the filling. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with caster sugar.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the filling is fluffy and golden.
  7. Give the apricot jam a little zap in the microwave, then spread over the tart while it is still warm.
  8. Cool thoroughly before serving.

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5 Responses to “Pear frangipane tart”

  1. For New Cooks October 6, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    Wow! I’m definitely going to try this one.

    • Andrea October 6, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      Great – hope it works out!

  2. Tanushree Ghosh October 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Looks absolutely yumm!!!

    • Andrea October 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

      Thanks Tanushree!

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