Easier Pear Frangipane Tart
With flavorful pears set into sweet almond custard, Pear Frangipane Tart is a lovely dessert after dinner or beautiful at breakfast or brunch.
Every year, in my house, one new pie gets a special honor. It gets to join my Thanksgiving pie line-up! And this year’s honoree was a Pear Frangipane Tart.
A pear Frangipane Tart combines ripe pears with a sweet almond custard. I used to think I wouldn’t like it because I don’t like almond flavoring. But while almonds (which I like) are an inherent part of this recipe, the almond flavoring is totally optional and be readily subbed out for vanilla.
How to Make Pear Frangipane Tart
Despite its elegance and great flavor, the Pear Frangipane Tart is really quite easy to make. It goes like this:
First, you blind bake your crust, then cool it. Then you mix your frangipane filling and spread it into the cooled crust.
Next you top the frangipane with peeled, cored, sliced pears.
And sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Making Pear Frangipane Tart Easier
Now in order to make five pies plus dinner for Thanksgiving, nothing could be too difficult. My pie uses a standard pie crust rather than the traditional version which is sweeter and richer crust. Since I was in a hurry and wanted to simply set a purchased crust into a tart pan, that was what I did. It was still delicious–and I got to skip a step.
Many people will also poach their pears in wine before using them in this dish. For underripe pears, this is probably helpful. But my pears were lovely and tender so I skipped the poaching. Easier again!
Finally, when I sat down to analyze the flavors, I decided that the blend of pear and frangipane was key to the dish. So when I increased the amount of frangipane for a 10 inch tart, I increased the number of pears to 4. Bottom line? If you experiment with pie size, keep the pear ratio high enough (Wouldn’t a rectangular tart be cute!)
Serving Pear Frangipane Tart
I served my Pear Frangipane Tart as part of my Thanksgiving pie line up. Since our gathering was smaller, I created boxes with slices of 5 different pies and shared with my siblings.
This tarrt is lovely for a holiday or other festive event, but would also be at home for a casual dessert or even a picnic.
And since I made so much pies, we had lots of leftovers! This was great because the tart is perfect for breakfast or brunch as well!
Celebrate with Pear Desserts!
Pear Frangipane Tart
- 2/3 cup finely ground almonds
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon flour or 1 T rice flour or 1/2 T cornstarch for gluten free
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoons Vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons cream
- 3 pears
- 1 pie crust commercial or your favorite homemade
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar for decoration
- Set pie crust into a 9 inch removable bottom fluted tart pan. Press the crust into the pan sides, top with parchment paper, then fill with dried beans or pie weights. Blind bake at 400 F, until sides are turning golden, about 10 minutes, then remove weights and parchment and bake a little longer until bottom is set and dry. Remove pie from oven and let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.
- Place the frangipane ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until well blended. Spread the frangipane over the cooled tart shell.
- Halve, peel, core and slice the pears into about ¼ inch slices (see picture). Arrange the sliced pears on top of frangipane fanning slightly, then bake 40 to 45 minutes. Cool before serving.
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Well, I made this for Christmas, sort of… I combined your recipe with my peach-frangipane tart recipe and everyone was happy. I may have to post on it… the title would have to be: David + Inger = Danger. It as delicious.
I am always excited when you enjoy one of my recipes David. I know I’ve met a high standard then! I can’t wait to see your version! Love the title:)
I think your pear custard pie is one of the best things I’ve made in a long time, but it might be surpassed by this frangipane tart. I might just have to do this for Christmas!
This is when I miss having our orchard with rows of pear trees. Your pear tart is beautiful and I’m sure quite delicious.
This tart looks amazing! I love the combo of pear and almond, and the sliced pear makes such an impressive presentation.
Those look perfectly made! very festive too
This tart is gorgeous. I love how you slice the pears on top and the powdered sugar dusting.
Looks perfect and delicious. I wanted to make the frangipane tart after watching the Great British Baking show nut never did. This looks simple and I would like to give it a try.
I was so happy I finally did it!