Pear and chocolate frangipane tart
For the pastry:
195g plain flour
113g room temperature butter
50g granulated white sugar
1 room temperature egg
a pinch of salt
For the chocolate frangipane:
100g room temperature butter
70g brown sugar
one tea spoon vanilla extract
155g ground almonds or almond flour
one table spoon plain flour
75g melted and cooled chocolate
3 large or 4 small pears (I used Bosc pears)
750ml red wine (I used Merlot)
170g granulated white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
Poaching the pears:
Peal the pears, remove the seeds and the core of the pear with a tea spoon.
Remove the seeds from the bottom of the pear so that the whole pear is still intact.
This is for presentation purposes only, you can also cut them in half and clean them that way, depending on how you want your tart to look.
Pour the wine and water in a large pot, add sugar, cinnamon stick and pears and boil for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pears are soft.
If you notice that the pears are floating in the wine, cut a round circle of parchment paper and cover the pears with it to stop them from floating on the top.
When the pears are done take them out and pat them dry with a paper towel and set aside to cool.
Put the poaching liquid back on the stove on high heat and reduce until thick and syrupy (about 30-40 minutes).
Meanwhile move on to the pastry.
Making the pastry:
Put the flour and salt in a bowl and lightly whisk, set aside.
Place the butter in the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) and beat until softened.
Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Gradually add the egg, beating just until incorporated.
Add the flour mixture all at once and mix just until it forms a ball.
Flatten the pastry into a disk, cover with plastic foil, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
Lightly butter and flour the tart shell(s).
Roll the pastry into the desired shape and size and gently place it in the tart shell. If you don't want to roll out pastry, you can just evenly pat it down to the bottom and sides of the tart shell.
Lightly prick the bottom of the pastry crust with a fork, to prevent the dough from puffing up when it bakes.
Cover with plastic foil and put it in the fridge for another 15 minutes. meanwhile preheat the oven to 205°C (400°F) and place the rack in the center of the oven.
Bake the pastry case blind (put pie weights or rice on the parchment paper in the tart shell before baking to prevent the pastry from shrinking and puffing up) for around 12 to 15 minutes.
Set aside to cool.
Making the chocolate frangipane:
Put the butter in the bowl of your electric mixer or with a hand mixer and beat until soft, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time mixing in between.
Mix in the vanilla extract and add ground almonds or almond flour, mix well.
Add plain flour and melted chocolate, mix until incorporated.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).
Put the chocolate frangipane in a cooled tart shell and even out with a palette knife or with a spoon.
Cut the cooled pears a few centimeters below the stem all the way down so that they will fan-out when you gently press them down.
Place the pears on top of the chocolate frangipane.
Place them so that each piece of the tart will have pears on it.
Put the tart in the oven and bake 35-45 minutes or until the filling is set and the pastry is golden brown.
When the tart is done brush the wine syrup over the tart and serve.
The combination of poached pears in red wine, chocolate frangipane and sweet pastry crust make for a prefect light autumn dessert.
Pear and chocolate frangipane tart
Makes one large (20cm) or 10 small tarts
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 3:35am