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Pear and Almond Crostata

(Serves 8)
Pear and Almond Crostata
Pear and Almond Crostata
Ingredients:

1 refrigerated single pie crust
3-1/2 ounces almond paste
3  teaspoons sugar, divided
2 teaspoons flour
3 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
3 medium pears, peeled and cored
1/4 cup apple or apricot jam
Egg wash:  1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Unroll the pie crust onto the baking sheet. Set aside.

In a food processor, combine the almond paste, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and
flour.  Process until the almond paste is finely chopped.  Add the butter, egg,
and vanilla or almond extract; blend until the mixture is smooth.

Spread the almond mixture over the pie crust, leaving a 1-1/2inch border.
Cut the pears into 1/4-inch thick slices.  Arrange the pear slices in concentric
circles on top of the almond filling. Fold the dough border up over the edge of
the filling, pleating the dough as you fold. 

Heat the apple or apricot jam in a small saucepan to melt to a liquid
consistency.  Brush the melted jam over the exposed pear slices.  Brush the
egg wash over the pleated dough border. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the
top of the pears.

Bake the crostata for 35 minutes; sprinkle the sliced almonds over the top. 
Continue baking another 5 to 10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. 
Cool for 30 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.
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DESSERTS  >  PIES AND TARTS  > PEAR AND ALMOND CROSTATA
This tart is perfect for fall entertaining when fresh pears are seasonally available.
In this recipe the pears are combined with a creamy almond filling and topped with
sliced almonds for a little crunch.  If you would prefer to make a homemade crust,
use the crust recipe from our Apple Crostata.
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