Rustic Almond Pear Tart

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond pear tart, toffee sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 783kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
This is a beautiful and delicious dessert. This will wow your guests! Amazing!
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Ingredients

For the Fruit:

  • 2 ea. Bosc and/or Anjou Pears or
  • 2 ea. Gala & Granny Smith Apples
  • The fruit chosen for pies is such a personal passion. I love the taste of using tart and sweet in each pie & like using Gala and Granny Smith together.
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 T Sugar
  • 2 T Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 t Cinnamon or Apple Pie Spice

For the Almond Cream:

  • Almond Paste - 8 oz can I used Solo
  • 1/2 c Heavy Cream whipping cream
  • 4 T Butter - melted
  • 2 T Amaretto opt.
  • 1 egg beaten slightly with a fork
  • This makes a large amount, so you could cut this part of the recipe in half and use the other part of the Almond Paste for something else. Or make the recipe as written and make more pies or use in a different dessert.

For the Apricot Glaze:

  • 1/2 c Apricot Preserves
  • 1 T Butter
  • 2 T Amaretto opt.

For the Toffee Sauce:

  • 3/4 c Heavy Cream Whipping Cream
  • 3/4 c Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 t Coarse Salt or table salt
  • 2 T Butter
  • 1-2 T Rum opt., but so good
  • 1 t Amaretto opt., but so good
  • 1/2 t. vanilla ext.
  • top with your favorite ice cream

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place the oven rack on the lowest level.

For the Store-Bought Crust:

  • Warm the crust 1/2 hour at room temperature.
  • If using Trader Joe's Pie Crust; gently unroll it, pinch the pieces together, then gently roll with a rolling-pin just until the crust comes together. (For some reason, Trader Joe's Pie Crust always breaks apart when unrolled & so much butter in it??)
  • Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  • Place the crust in the middle of the parchment paper and set aside. (Again, Trader Joe's is a little tricky. While still on the wrapping it comes rolled in, pinch the pieces of the pie dough together then roll with a rolling pin 3-4 times. Then pick up the pie dough and carefully flip it onto the parchment paper on the cookie sheet.)

For the Fruit:

  • Peel and core the fruit. (Use a corer if you have one.)
  • Cut the fruit in half and lay (flat-side down) on a cutting board.
  • Thinly slice the fruit length-wise.
  • Drizzle with juice from 1 lemon and set aside.

For the Almond Cream:

  • Place the butter, almond paste and cream in a stovetop pan.
  • Heat on med-low until the butter melts.
  • Stir continually until the ingredients are combined and smooth.
  • Take the mixture off the heat and pour into a bowl.
  • Add the Amaretto and stir until incorporated.
  • Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes of cooling and while quickly whisking, add the beaten egg. (If the egg is added while too hot, it will cook instead of blend.)
  • Stir until ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
  • Set aside.

For the Apricot Glaze:

  • Melt the apricot preserves in a small saucepan until melted.
  • Strain the preserves through a mesh sieve over a small bowl.
  • Discard the chunky apricot pieces (or use in a different recipe).
  • Add 1 T butter and Amaretto to the Apricot Preserve liquid.
  • Whisk or stir until smooth and set aside.

For the Toffee Sauce:

  • Heat the brown sugar and butter in a medium saucepan on medium-low until it comes to a low boil.
  • Boil for 2 minutes. Stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Turn the heat down to the lowest temperature.
  • Carefully and slowly add the cream, whisking/stirring non-stop until incorporated.
  • Cook and low-boil for another 2 minutes until the sauce is smooth and glossy.
  • Take off the heat.
  • Add the vanilla, Amaretto, Rum and Salt.
  • Stir for 1 minute until all ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth.

Now for the tart:

  • Place the fruit in a bowl and sprinkle it with both sugars and cinnamon (or apple pie spice) and gently stir.
  • Spread a thin layer of the Almond Cream on top of the crust 3 inches within the crust edge.
  • Layer the fruit slices (overlapping them a little in a circle) on top of the Almond Cream. Take care to place the fruit on the almond cream.
  • Drizzle the fruit with the Apricot Sauce.
  • Gently fold up the outer edges of the crust towards the center. It will overlap the fruit but not come completely to the middle.
  • If you have any tears in the pie dough along the bottom edges where the filling could bubble out, add more pie dough to cover the tears. Milk or water can be brushed on those edges then pinch the dough a little to hold it all together.
  • Brush the folded-over pie dough lightly with an egg wash (egg & 1 t water mixed together) or milk. This will help your pie turn a beautiful golden color when baked.
  • Sprinkle the entire pie with cinnamon-sugar (2T sugar and 1 t cinnamon-per taste).
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Move the tart to an oven rack placed in the middle of the oven.
  • Bake an additional 10 minutes until top of crust turns golden. Watch closely.
  • (IF the top crust isn't turning golden, turn the oven to broil for just 1-2 minutes, WATCH VERY CLOSELY or it will burn quickly.)
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Let the tart cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  • If serving immediately, slide the tart onto a cutting board, cut and serve with a dollop of ice cream then drizzled with Toffee Sauce.
  • *If not serving immediately, slide the parchment and tart off the pan and onto the cooling rack to cool. Let cool. When it is time to serve. Reheat the Toffee Sauce, so it can melt the ice cream a little when poured on top.
  • YUM, YUM, YUM
  • Enjoy!!

Nutrition

Calories: 783kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 538mg | Potassium: 148mg | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 1835IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 0.6mg