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Pear and frangipane tart
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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
320g puff pastry sheet, unrolled
100g unsalted butter, softened
100g caster sugar, plus 1⁄2 tbsp for sprinkling
100g ground almonds
1⁄2 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp plain flour
1 medium British Blacktail Free Range Egg, beaten
2-3 Essential Conference Pears, halved, cored and cut into wedges
1 tbsp flaked almonds
1 Preheat the oven to 200 ̊C, gas mark 6. Lay the sheet of pastry on a large, parchment-lined baking tray. Use a sharp knife to score a border 2cm around the edge of the pastry and then prick the base all over with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove from the oven and flatten the base.
2 Using electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in the ground almonds, almond extract, flour and salt until combined. Brush a little of the beaten egg around the border of the pastry, then beat the rest into the frangipane mixture.
3 Spread the frangipane over the base of the tart and arrange the pear wedges on top. Scatter with the flaked almonds, then sprinkle over 1⁄2 tbsp caster sugar. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden and set, covering loosely with a sheet of foil if it browns too quickly on top.
This tart is just as delicious made with apples in place of the pears.
And to drink...
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