Pear and Almond Tart

Also called a frangipane tart, pears and almonds are a classic combination. Pretty, too.

Makes one 9″ tart or six 4 ½” tartlets

1 recipe Sugar Dough
butter, for greasing pans

Poached Pears:
4 cups water
1 ⅓ cup Riesling wine
1 ⅓ cup sugar
1 sage leaf
1 whole clove
⅓ cinnamon stick
⅓ vanilla bean
½ star anise
6 pears, pealed, cored, and halved

1 recipe Almond Cream
100 g/ 3 ½ oz flaked almonds

Poach the Pears:
Put water, wine, sugar, sage, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and star anise in large pot. Bring to a boil.
Add pears and cover with parchment paper, lower heat to simmer.
Cook until pears are semi-soft, about 20-25 minutes.
Cool in liquid.

Butter six 4 ½” tart tins or one 9″ tart tin. Roll out dough 3mm/ ⅛” thick. Cut out circles large enough to cover base and sides. Carefully line the tart with the pastry. Press the pastry so it covers the base and the sides. Poke bottoms with a fork. Chill for at least 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 205C/ 400F.

Blind bake tart shell: Line with parchment paper, fill with pie weights, and bake for 7 minutes for tartlets or 17 minutes for a large tart. Remove weights and paper, prick again with a fork and bake until pale golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Lower oven to 175F/ 350F.

Add almond cream to tart shells and smooth with an offset spatula.

Remove pears from poaching liquid.
Slice pears width wise in thin slices without slicing all the way through. Press gently to fan out.
Use a pancake turner to lift pears and position pears on top of the almond cream. If making tartlets add one pear per pie. If making a 9″ tart, add with pointed ends facing in and meeting in the center.

Press almond flakes into exposed almond cream.

Bake until almond cream has puffed and turned golden brown, 25-30 minutes.

Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes before unmolding.

Sugar Dough Pie Crust

Super easy and delicious pie dough. I like to use it with Pear and Almond Tart and Bakewell Tart.

138 g/ 4 ¾ oz butter
98 g/ 3 ½ oz powdered sugar
⅓ lemon, zested
260 g/ 9 ⅛ oz flour
2 g/ ⅓ teaspoon salt
1 egg

Cream together butter, sugar, and lemon zest.

Add flour and salt and mix just until incorporated.

Add egg and mix just until incorporated.

Rest at least 1 hour, or overnight.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Filling in a Chocolate Pie Crust. Yum!

1 recipe chocolate pie dough

2 eggs
28 g/ 1 oz dutch cocoa powder
28 g/ 1 oz cornstarch
725 g/ 25 ½ oz milk
130 g/ 4 oz + 1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
170 g/ 6 oz bittersweet chocolate
28 g/ 1 oz butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

230 g/ 8 oz heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

chocolate sprinkles, as needed

Bake chocolate pie crust. Preheat oven to 200C/ 400F. Roll Continue reading “Chocolate Cream Pie”

Chocolate Pie Dough

Rich chocolate dough that can be used for pies or tarts. Try it with our Chocolate Cream Pie.

115 g/ 4 oz unsalted butter, softened
100 g/ 3 ½ oz sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
130 g/ 4 oz + 1 tablespoon flour
70 g/ 2 ½ oz dutch cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt

In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on low speed until well mixed, about 5 minutes. Scrap down sides of bowl. Mix on medium until light in colour, about 5 minutes.

Whisk together egg and milk. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly pour in egg mixture and mix until smooth, about 4 minutes.

With the mixer off, add flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Pulse until just moistened.

Turn onto work surface and shape into a disc. Cover and allow to rest at least one hour or overnight.

Greens and Herb Pie in a Potato Crust

A mixture of greens and a riot of herbs make this a tasty vegetarian option. This pie is labor intensive, but worth the effort. It is delicious and attractive. Most of your time will be frying the potatoes for the crust. If you want to avoid this, you could do the same filling in a filo pastry. You can substitute a combination of white onions and scallions for the spring onions.

Our video walks you through this recipe (including how to make the crust).

olive oil
3 large spring onions, whites and greens separated and finely sliced
1 bunch chard, stems and greens separated and finely chopped
1 bunch spinach, leaves only
2 cups of assorted fresh herbs, finely chopped (cilantro, parsley, dill, and mint are a good mix)
3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced ⅛” thick
1 cup ricotta cheese
½ cup feta cheese
2 eggs, beaten
zest of one small lemon
salt and pepper

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