Red Wine-Poached Pear Tart

pear tart

Almond crust, almond cream, and a generous serving of red wine? Yes, please. With a centerpiece of wine-infused pears, this tart is almost too gorgeous to eat. Almost. 

Red Wine-Poached Pear Tart
Makes 1 (14x4-inch) tart
  • Almond Crust (recipe follows)
  • 3 cups (720 grams) dry red wine, such as Zinfandel
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 whole star anise (2 grams)
  • 3 small Bartlett or D’Anjou pears (540 grams), peeled, halved, and cored (stems left intact)
  • Almond Cream (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: toasted sliced almonds, confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove Almond Crust from freezer. Peel off 1 sheet of parchment paper. Place dough, parchment side up, over a 14x4-inch removable-bottom tart pan; carefully peel off remaining parchment. Gently press dough into bottom and up sides of pan. (If dough cracks, press it back together.) Top with a piece of parchment, letting ends extend over edges of pan. Add pie weights.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove paper and weights. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Lower oven temperature to 325°F.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine wine, granulated sugar, and star anise. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add pears to pan; cover and simmer until pears are tender, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove pears from pan, and let cool completely before using.
  5. Spread chilled Almond Cream into bottom of cooled tart shell. Arrange cooled poached pears over almond cream.
  6. Bake until center is set, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Garnish with almonds and confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Almond Crust
Makes 1 (14x4-inch) crust
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • 1 cup (100 grams) cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking powder
  • ½ cup (57 grams) sliced almonds, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar with a mixer at medium speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg, beating well.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Add flour mixture, almonds, and salt to butter mixture, beating until well combined. (This is a very wet dough.)
  3. On a work surface, place a large sheet of parchment paper. Place dough in middle of parchment; top with a second sheet of parchment. Roll dough into a 16x6-inch rectangle. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.

Almond Cream
Makes about 1 cup
  • ½ cup (48 grams) almond flour
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon (62 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk (19 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) almond extract
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat all ingredients at medium speed until pale in color and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before using.




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