Rustic Pear Tart with Toffee Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 (12-ounce) almond filling
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup amaretto, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 medium red pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • Toffee Sauce
  • Toffee Whipped Cream

Preparation

  1. Unfold piecrusts; stack on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 14-inch circle; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Stir together melted butter, almond filling, and 2 tablespoons amaretto until blended; spread on piecrust to within 3 inches of edge.
  3. Toss together sugar and pears; arrange in circles, overlapping slices, on top of filling.
  4. Cook preserves in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer, discarding solids. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter and remaining 2 tablespoons amaretto; drizzle over pears.
  5. Fold outer 3 inches of dough towards center, pressing lightly to seal.
  6. Bake at 400° on bottom rack 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack 15 minutes. Serve with Toffee Fudge Sauce and Toffee Whipped Cream.
  7. Rustic Apple Tart: Substitute 2 Granny Smith apples for red pears.
  8. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Solo Almond Filling.
  9. Steve Maynard
  10. San Francisco, CA
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