Pear And Almond Tart

It’s late Thanksgiving morning, those special someones are coming over for dinner, and you’ve been slaving over a delicious vegan meal from the moment you got home yesterday afternoon. Everything looks amazing, but you still want to kick yourself. Because you forgot dessert.

Well maybe you’re different, but that often happens to me. I usually leave dessert for the very end in my meal planning because there’s always the possibility of making it optional. Or serving up some fresh fruit. All well and good, except, honestly, you simply cannot do that on Thanksgiving.

No, Thanksgiving is the day for stuffing yourself and your guests without any excuses, and even if you’ve just served up a meal everyone will remember a year after, there is no way you can wriggle out of serving up a slice of pie.

Well, this Pear and Almond Tart is the perfect recipe for a day so special. It’s easy as pie to make, looks perfectly elegant, and is incredibly delicious with the warmth of nutmeg-kissed pears in a biscuity, almondy, part whole-wheat crust.

I add some Amaretto, an almond liqueur, to add more almond flavor to this tart, but if you would rather not, use a little almond extract instead. You could also try mixing some slivered almonds in with the filling– they’d be perfect in here.

Enjoy the recipe, all!

Pear and Almond Tart

For the crust:

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

Ice-cold water

Mix the two flours, salt and sugar in a bowl and then, using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut in the almond butter and shortening until they are evenly dispersed through the flour. The shortening should be in little pieces, about the size of peas.

Using a fork to mix the flour, drizzle in the ice cold water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a ball.

Place the dough in plastic wrap, shape into a disk, wrap tightly, and place in the refrigerator for three hours or overnight. You can even make this a few days ahead and freeze it, then thaw it ovenight in the refrigerator. Remember to keep the dough cold at all times.

For the filling:

3 pears, cut into halves, then thinly sliced horizontally (there’s no need to peel them– the skins melt in the mouth when baked)

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp nutmeg (use cardamom for a delicious variation)

1 tbsp Amaretto (almond liqueur). Use 1/2 tsp almond extract if you’d rather not use the liqueur.

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

Toss the pears and other ingredients together gently (the pears will break easily, so be careful)

Set aside for 15 minutes

To assemble the pie:

Take the refrigerated dough and, on a floured surface, roll it into a disc about 12 inches in diameter (most tart pans are 10 inches in diameter, and you want to give another inch or so to cover the sides. When rolling any pie dough keep rotating the dough and flouring the surface and rolling pin to ensure it is not sticking to the surface.

Fold the disc in half, then lift it into the tart pan. Open it to cover the tart pan. Very gently, with your fingers, push the dough into the corners so that the dough fits evenly into the tart pan. Use a rolling pin to roll over the edges of the tart pan and cut off the excess dough.

Refrigerate the tart pan with the dough inside for 10 minutes.

Working quickly, arrange the pear slices in the pan in concentric circles, overlapping them. You can try any design you like, or even go free-form, but this simple design I made is an easy one and doesn’t take any time at all. If you have broken pear pieces, put them at the bottom and use the good ones on top.

Pour any juice at the bottom of the bowl into the tart pan.

Place on a baking sheet and bake 55-60 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven. The filling will be mostly set but might appear slightly jiggly in parts, which is okay.

Cool thoroughly on a rack before serving, which gives the filling time to thicken and solidify.

Eat.

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You’ve likely already noticed the Thanksgiving Recipes tab at the top of this page, but if you haven’t I put it there to make Thanksgiving planning a little easier for you. There’s a mix there of recipes traditional and not-so-traditional, and ones that I make in my kitchen on this very special day. I hope you will find it useful.

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25 thoughts on “Pear And Almond Tart

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    Anonymous

    November 13, 2011 at 10:45pm

    Hi Vaishali,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but this is the first time I am leaving a comment. I just wanted to thank you for the simply WONDERFUL job you’re doing here. Reading each recipe is a real treat and its so pleasing to see how many ways you’ve provided for eating a meatless diet. Kudos to you and keep up the good work. I’m really glad I found your blog.

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    Vaishali

    November 13, 2011 at 11:45pm

    Anonymous, I love writing this blog, and it is great to meet someone who enjoys reading it. Thanks for your kind and thoughtful words. :)

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    Craig Fisher

    November 14, 2011 at 1:46am

    That tart is simply stunning. A must make

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    Gayatri

    November 14, 2011 at 3:13am

    Okay it’s decided. I’m making this for Thanksgiving!!!!

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    Spandana

    November 14, 2011 at 9:52am

    This Tart looks very delicious.. and lovely pics too.
    Thanks for sharing…

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    Sum

    November 14, 2011 at 11:13am

    Lovely looking tart! Very neatly done…

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    Tibik

    November 14, 2011 at 5:17pm

    The tart looks delicious and your directions make this look do-able even for a novice baker like me. Thank you for sharing.

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    Priya

    November 14, 2011 at 6:08pm

    Beautiful looking tart,absolutely divine.

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    Alpana

    November 14, 2011 at 6:49pm

    Tart looks absolutely amazing & perfect for Thanksgiving…….Thanks for sharing.

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    Miri

    November 15, 2011 at 4:50am

    What a perfect crust and such a beautifully moist filling!

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    Manju

    November 22, 2011 at 9:46pm

    Ohh my! that is such a gorgeous looking tart!

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    daisy

    July 13, 2012 at 6:25pm

    This was simply amazing. I am a fan of cardamom, so I used that as well as nutmeg in here, and added some crystallized ginger to the crust. I’m a newbie vegan, and I’ve been reading your recipes for days, picking out a few at a time to try. Thank you so much! I have also wanted to learn how to cook Indian food and I’m learning so much just from reading here…I can’t wait to keep cooking!

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    Anonymous

    March 4, 2013 at 7:59pm

    could other fruit spreads that say buter be used like apple, pumpkin, or other nuts instead of the almond butter?

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      Vaishali

      March 4, 2013 at 8:01pm

      No, because fruit butters don’t have the fat you need to make this crust flaky. They’d just add moisture.

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    nadja

    December 11, 2013 at 4:19am

    This is one of my favorite pies! I have made it 3 x in the past month. Your recipes haven’t disappointed me :) Question, would you know how to substitute eggs in a pie recipe that ask for eggs to make a custard like pie filling? I would like to veganize a recipe for Orange maple walnut pie from the book “Year of Pies : A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies” but I’m new to this, and can’t think of what to use instead.
    I could type the recipe (if you ever wanted to try something like this) since I can’t find it online.
    Thanks!

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