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Chocolate-Pear Tart

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Category: Fruit, Cakes

 Ingredients List

  • 9 tb Unsalted butter
  • 9 tb Confectioners' sugar; sifted
  • 1 1/2 c All-purpose flour; sifted
  • -unbleached
  • 6 oz Semisweet chocolate; or
  • -bittersweet
  • 2 tb Unsalted butter
  • 2 c Water
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 1 ts Vanilla extract
  • 1 Strip lemon peel; (3 inch)
  • 1/2 Cinnamon stick
  • Splash of Cognac
  • 4 Pears; Bosc
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 Jar apricot preserves; (12
  • -ounce)
  • 2 tb Curacao; orange liqueur or
  • Pear brandy
  • 1/4 c Sliced almonds; toasted


To make the shortbread crust, cream together the butter and sugar. Blend
in= the flour to make a soft dough. Add 1 more tablespoon butter if the
mixture will not incorporate all the flour.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Pat the dough evenly by hand into the bottom and
1 1/2 to 2 inches up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Prick well with
a fork. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler over simmering water.
Spread on the bottom and up the side a little to hide the 'seam' of the the
tart shell and let cool until the chocolate hardens.
To Prepare Pears: peel, stem, halve, and core the pears. (Photo tells me
that the pears were peeled by slicing; the roundness is sharpened into an
8-sided geometry that is quite attractive.)
Bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium heat in a large saucepan,
stirring only until the sugar is dissolved. Add the vanilla, lemon peel,
cinnamon and Cognac and cook for 5 minutes. Add the pears and poach for 10
to 15 minutes, until they can be easily pierces with a sharp paring knife.
Let cool in the syrup.
For the glaze, put the apricot preserves in a food processor fitted with
the steel blade and process until smooth. Strain and add the liqueur.
To assemble, drain the pears well, pat them dry, cut crosswise into
l/4-inch slices (as evenly as possible across all pears) and arrange
carefully in the tart shell, stem ends at the center. (Photo shows 7-halves
~- not all 8 in the wheel.) Brush the pears with some of the apricot
glaze and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.
Use a warm or heated sharp knife to cut wedges.

NOTES : Menu "Black Tie Dinner in Beverly Hills" A dramatic dessert, fruit
and chocolate. Makes one 10-inch tart. By using a springform pan, is
'tres elegante'

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