Today is Pi-Day/π-Day. This Pear tart or pie is my contribution to this nerdy π-Day. The lines between a tart and a pie are kinda blurry. The biggest difference is whether it's served directly from the pan its baked in.
This pear tart have been a go-to dessert growing up, and a family favorite. Its easy to make in advance and bake when needed. You can replace the fresh pears with canned pears or other fruits.
Makes 1 tart.
- 2-3 pears, peeled and cut in halves
- egg wash
- sugar for sprinkles
- 150 g butter, cold, salted
- 240 g all-purpose flour
- 125 g sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 æg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 50 g butter, room temperature
- 50 g sugar
- 50 g grated marzipan
Mix the butter in the flour, sugar, and ginger in a stand mixer. Add the egg, vanilla paste and just enough of the water so the dough starts to lump together. Form the dough into 2 discs and wrap it in plastic wrap, and let it rest in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Mix the sugar and marzipan well. Add butter little by little until it’s just incorporated. Set remounce aside.
Preheat the oven to 400℉/200℃.
Divide the dough in 2. Roll the dough out, to fit the tart-pan you are using. (there should be enough dough for a 9" (22 cm) round pan).
Gently place the rolled out dough, make sure getting into the corners, without making any holes in the dough. Cut of all the excess dough. Put into freezer for about 5 minutes.
Spread the remounce in a thin layer on the dough. Place the pears halves in the pan, and cover with a dough lid. Pinch the lid closed at the edges. Brush with egg wash and spinkle with sugar.
Bake the tart for about 40 minutes.
Serve the tart warm with a good vanilla ice cream on the side.