Pear Frangipane Tart

Pear Frangipane Tart

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Yield: 1 tart
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
344 Calories
18g Fat
43g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 344
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 179mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic French recipe for Pear Frangipane Tart is the perfect use for fall pears. Use a 10" tart pan with a removable bottom for this wonderful and delicious recipe.

You do need to use a tart pan with a removable bottom for this recipe. This pan is wider and shallower than a typical pie pan and shows off the pears beautifully. Be careful when handling this type of pan. Even with a pie crust pressed into it, the sides can slip off the bottom. Hold the pan by the sides, never by the bottom.

The pears you choose for this recipe should be firm but ripe. They should yield gently to pressure, but should not have any soft spots or bruises. Pears do turn brown quickly after they have been peeled and cut, so work fast. You can brush them with lemon juice as you work if you aren't a fast worker. Bosc pears work well since they seem to have more flavor.

This beautiful tart can be served warm or cool. It's delicious topped with whipped cream, softly whipped with a bit of powdered sugar and vanilla or pear liqueur. Serve it after a hearty meal of roast chicken served with scalloped potatoes and a green salad. 


  • 1 (10-inch) tart pie crust

  • 1 (7-ounce) package almond paste (NOT marzipan)

  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 pears, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons pear jelly, or apple jelly

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Prepare tart shell using this homemade or Hot Water Pastry recipe.

  3. In a food processor, crumble the almond paste and add powdered sugar and butter; process until mixed and smooth.

  4. Add eggs, cover, and process again until smooth.

  5. Pour the almond mixture into the prepared tart shell.

  6. Now prepare the pears; peel, core, and slice them into 1/2-inch slices.

  7. Arrange the pear slices over the almond filling on their sides, making a circular pattern, pressing into the almond mixture slightly.

  8. Sprinkle the pears with the lemon juice, then with the sugar.

  9. Bake the tart for 40 to 50 minutes or until almond filling is set and the pears are light brown and glazed.

  10. Remove the tart from the oven and place it on a wire rack.

  11. In a small saucepan, heat the jelly until liquid and smooth, stirring frequently; carefully brush over the pears.

  12. Let the tart cool, then serve.

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