Pear & cardamom tart

Pear & cardamom tart

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 25 mins Plus chilling

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Serves 8
While traditional to use cardamom in savoury dishes, this frangipane dessert has hints of the fragrant spice to complement the pear and almond flavours

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal833
  • fat55g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars43g
  • fibre4g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.81g
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  • 500g sweet shortcrust pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 4 small ripe pears



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • squeeze lemon juice
  • drizzle of honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

For the cardamom frangipane

  • 200g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 140g ground almonds
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 50g toasted flaked almond, plus a few extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until big enough to line an 18 x 28cm tart tin or a 23cm round tart tin. Carefully lift the pastry into the tin, leaving any extra hanging over the sides. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, sit the tin on a baking sheet and chill for 30 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line the pastry with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Put in the oven and bake blind for 15 mins. Remove the beans and paper, and bake for a further 10 mins until the pastry is biscuity. Decrease the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3, and trim the pastry edges.

  3. To make the cardamom frangipane, beat all the ingredients together with an electric whisk. Dollop into the tin and spread evenly to fill. Peel, halve and core the pears – scoop out the core with a melon baller, if you have one. Brush with a little lemon juice. Arrange the pears in the tin, pushing them a little into the frangipane. Scatter with a few more flaked almonds and bake for 50 mins until the filling is risen, golden and firm to the touch. Serve warm or cold, drizzled with a little honey.

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10th Nov, 2018
Such a delicious tart. And looks great. Also works well with poached pears - last time I made it I poached some firm pears in white wine/water/sugar/cardamom/saffron with a few peels of lemon rind, used them in the tart and to serve alongside, with creme fraiche.
7th May, 2018
I was a bit skeptical, as cardamom can be a quite overpowering flavour. But I made it anyway. It is, by far, the most delicious pear tart I have ever made. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you.
21st Apr, 2014
This is one that really works!
4th Feb, 2013
Came out perfect. Baking time it took me more than it is on the recipe, maybe it's my oven. Sure to bake another one, with a little difference, i.e. I will chop the pears instead of leaving them halves,(though they look more nice), but chopped up everyone gets a fair share.
9th Oct, 2012
Really good. Easily serves 8. Watch the cooking times though - I had to take the pastry and the cake out before their times were up.
28th Jan, 2012
Really fancied this when I saw it in the GF magazine, but I hate working with pastry! So I just made the filling in my pie dish to serve as a sponge with custard. Tasted really lovely but was difficult to get out the dish. Next time I am going to try it in a lined cake tin and cut it like a cake.
3rd Dec, 2011
This one is hands down the best cake I have ever made from BBC Good Food (and I bake a lot!) - so juicy and delicious and so filling - perfect for Christmas time.
26th Jul, 2014
Can this be frozen?
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4th Aug, 2014
For best results this cake should not be frozen, thanks.
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