Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Pear Tart With Crunchy Almond Topping

Dorie Greenspan pear tart crunchy almond topping on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was a perfect addition to my Thanksgiving dessert selection this past weekend. I was multitasking for most of the meal, testing recipes for my upcoming cookbook (my guests knew that it wouldn’t be a traditional Thanksgiving spread, rather a selection of French dishes!), but knowing this was coming up, I figured it was an excellent complement to my rustic fruit galette, a selection of bars and squares and a pumpkin pie from my neighbours. Pears and almonds somehow feel very much like Autumn to me and I make a version of this that is much more rustic which I had in mind as well.  From the image in Baking Chez Moi, I knew this would be a more elegant addition to my selection and I was not wrong.

A simple sweet tart dough (I used the press-in method, so easy!) is fully baked then filled with slightly caramelized pear chunks, then topped with a mix of almonds, egg whites and sugar which make for crispy crackly topping once it’s baked  again.  It’s a substantial slice of pears (more fruit = healthier, right?) and would pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream of some whipped cream. Or, you know, three other slices of various desserts 😉

This is SUCH an easy dessert and the topping really makes it something special.  Adding this to my list of “desserts that look difficult to make but are actually ridiculously simple”. A good list to have in your back pocket for when you entertain!

Get the recipe for Pear Tart with Crunchy Almond Topping here or on p 127 of Baking Chez Moi.

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20 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Pear Tart With Crunchy Almond Topping”

  1. You inspired me. I stopped by the farmer’s market this afternoon for pear. How do you think it would be with apples? I just picked half a bushel of those yesterday.

    • To be honest I threw in a couple of tiny apples. I think depending on the apples it would be a bit mushy. This is a substantial (ie stands tall) tart. As long as you cut them into large chunks it should be ok.

  2. Your tart got such beautiful color, it looks delectable. I’m also concerned about pears getting mushy or bland but it’s great to see your results.

  3. Glad to hear that this came together easily. I am making mid week for my book club. It looks beautiful and I look forward to the crispy topping. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. I was going to make this, then went the pumpkin pie route instead. It looks so gorgeous, though. I’m going to have to invent an occasion for this before pears go out of season.


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