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Pear & cardamom tart

Pear frangipane tart

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus chilling
  • More effort
  • 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: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal833
fat55g
saturates21g
carbs78g
sugars43g
fibre4g
protein12g
low insalt0.81g
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Ingredients

  • 500g sweet shortcrust pastry
  • plain flour , for dusting
  • 4 small ripe pears
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • drizzle of honey

For the cardamom frangipane

  • 200g butter , softened
  • 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

Method

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

RECIPE TIPS
GET THE BEST FROM CARDAMOM
Squash the pods on a board with a rolling pin, then collect the little black/ brown seeds until you have about 1 tsp. Finely grind them in a pestle and mortar or a spice grinder, if you have one.

Recipe from November 2011, November 2011

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