How is your autumn mood developing? ;-) Already missing the summer or finally getting settled into the autumn coziness? As for me I have been really missing the sun recently, as the weather was rather hard on us here in Stockholm in the past couple weeks. But after all I like autumn for its calm, slow moments at home with a cup of favorite tea.
Anyway, if you are looking for some autumn inspiration, this pear - almond tart will not disappoint you for sure. Plus if you like honey, mix it with a little bit of cinnamon and enjoy a very special autumn moment. :-)
200 g flour
120 g butter or baking margarine
50 g icing sugar
2-3 table spoon of of cold water
a little bit of salt
150-200 g almond flour
100 g superfine sugar
125 g butter or baking margarine
1/2 spoon of flour
2 tea spoon of Amaretto or 1 tea spoon of almond extract
3-4 preserved pears in syrup
Step by step:
Place and combine the ingredients for a pie crust in a food processor. Make sure that both, butter/baking margarine and water are ice cold. This will make the pie crust truly crunchy. When ready, form a ball, wrap it in a plastic foil and place in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes.
After it is properly cooled down, roll the pie crust into the prepared baking form (I recommend you grease the baking form with a little bit of butter before). Bake the pie crust in 200 ºC for about 15-20 minutes. Then lower the oven to 180 ºC and bake it for additional 5-10 minutes. Before placing the form into the oven, make a few small holes in the dough (for example using a fork). This will help to release the air so that the dough will remain flat.
In the meantime prepare the almond filling. Place all the ingredients in the food processor and combine into a homogeneous mousse. Then spread the mousse-like almond filling onto the warm pre-baked pie crust surface. As a final touch place the pear halves on the top of the filling and bake the tart for about 30 minutes in 180 ºC. When ready, let the tart cool down. Decorate as you wish, with either honey or cinnamon or both. ;-) If you prefer to make it simple, you can also sift some icing sugar on top of the tart. Bon appetit! :-)