Pear frangipane tart

 Pear Frangipane Tart

Frangipane is a rich almond paste that tastes divine with pears. It’s used here in a classic French tart that will wow dinner party guests

For the pastry:

200g (7oz) plain flour

100g (3? oz) butter, chilled and diced

For the filling:

100g (3? oz) butter, softened

100g (3? oz) caster sugar

2 large eggs

100g (3? oz) ground almonds

Grated zest of 1 lemon

3 plump, ripe pears

Knob of butter, melted

2tsp caster sugar

1tbsp smooth apricot jam

To make the pastry, sift the flour, then rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in 2tbsp cold water and mix until the dough clings together. Knead into a ball, then flatten into a round. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.Roll out the pastry and use it to line a 23cm (9in) loose-based round fluted flan tin. Trim the edges, fill the case with paper or foil and baking beans. Bake for 10 mins at 200?C (400?F, gas mark 6). Remove the foil and beans, then bake for another 10-12 mins.To make the filling, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Fold in the almonds and lemon zest and smooth the mixture into the pastry case.Peel and halve the pears, carefully cutting out the cores. Place cut-side down and slice thinly across the width, keeping slices together. Arrange in the tart filling and slide the slices apart a little. Brush the melted butter over the fruit. Sprinkle with sugar.Bake for 45 mins until the frangipane is puffy and golden and the pears are just cooked.Glaze the pears with the apricot jam. Remove from the tin and serve warm or cold with cream, if you like. 

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