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Rustic Almond-Pear Tart

Yield one 9" tart
Don't look for this tart to slice neatly into wedges. As an option, scoop it into wine goblets or bowls and drizzle with cream.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup whole natural almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 2 1/2 pounds ripe pears, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

How to Make It

  1. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add whole almonds, 1/2 cup sugar, and flour. Process until finely ground. Add softened butter and egg. Process until smooth and blended; set aside.

  2. Roll 1 piecrust to a 14" circle on a lightly floured surface. Place in a 9" pieplate, allowing edges to hang over rim of pieplate.

  3. Spread reserved almond mixture in bottom of pastry. Spoon chopped pear over almond mixture. Fold edges of pastry loosely over filling. (Pastry will not cover tart completely.) Sprinkle sliced almonds and 1 tablespoon sugar over filling.

  4. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Christmas with Southern Living 1996