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Pear-Almond Tartlets

Ingredients
Serves:
1/2
recipe Almond Pate Sucre (see separate recipe listed in "Desserts")
1 cup
blanched almonds
1/2 cup
plus 4 teaspoons sugar
2
eggs
1 teaspoon
grated lemon zest
1 1/2 pound s
pears
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  
  2. Cut the Almond Pate Sucre dough into 8 equal pieces. On a floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough to a 4-inch circle. Place the circles of dough on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and pinch up their edges slightly to form a rim.  
  3. Put the blanched almonds in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse the machine just until they are chopped to a fine meal, taking care not to process them so long that they turn to a paste. Pour the almond meal into a medium bowl and add 1/2 cup of the sugar, the eggs, and lemon zest. Stir with a wooden spoon until well blended.  
  4. Cut each pear in half and cut or scoop out its core. Cut each half lengthwise into 5 or 6 thin wedges. Divide the almond mixture evenly among the tarts, leaving a small border around the rim. Arrange the pear slices in a circular pattern on top of this filling. Sprinkle the remaining sugar evenly over the pears. Bake until the pears are lightly caramelized and the pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
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About this Recipe

The flavors of pears and almonds work beautifully together in this simple dessert, a variation on a recipe using plums featured in my book Adventures in the Kitchen. Vanilla ice cream would taste delicious with it.

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