Forelle Pear and Thyme Frangipane Tart

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I can’t believe that Ramadan is already winding down with it being in the last 10 days now. As much as it seems such a hardship to fast and keep insane hours, I find it amazing that it goes by so fast. The last 10 days of Ramadan are the most important and it’s where we are encouraged to amp up our prayers and night worship. We’ve been going to the Islamic Center every night either to break fast and stay for the evening congregational prayer or eat at home and then go to the service. This means that every night is a late night for us. I have given up sleeping. So, if you see me comment on your sites at 2 or 3 in the morning, don’t be surprised.

The end of Ramadan is scheduled for August 8th pretty much all over the world. That’s when the new moon will be visible. August 8th will see an early morning congregational prayer, an Eid breakfast at the Center and then the day to enjoy with friends and family. The end of Ramadan is known as Eid ul Fitr. 

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Eid ul Fitr is a day of much joy and happiness because, for one, we can eat again! It feels very odd on Eid morning to have my coffee and eat something before heading to prayer. And then all day, I am always second guessing myself the moment I put something in my mouth! Eid is spent visiting friends and family, and exchanging gifts. For the kids, this is the best part; the gifts. 

In Houston, our day was a busy one with so many of my family members around. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner together usually. In between all that eating, there was a customary nap! Now, in Denver, with no family around, we spend our day with friends or taking a trip to the mountains with a picnic; family time. 

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I am going to try and not be absent the next few days but since it is the last 10 days and I am also busy at the Islamic Center, I may be a bit erratic with my posting and commenting. I am doing a bit of cooking for the Center dinners, helping out a friend with dessert. I am making Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake for a dinner tonight, soup tomorrow and another dessert next week. Great thing is, I won’t have to cook anything else because we’ll be eating there.

So, today’s recipe, Forelle Pear and Thyme Frangipane Tart is one I’ve been wanting to make for a while now. I used to make it all the time at my big Thanksgiving dinners of yore, but since we moved to Denver, other dessert requests have been filled. It is one of my favourites and it’s so good.

Usually, I use easily available Bosc or D’Anjou pears and I’ve even used tinned. This time, I really wanted to make it with the beautiful Forelles before they went off the market. I love these pears, they are so fragrant and sweet when ripe but gorgeously crisp and fresh while still a bit under ripe. I like them both ways.

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An addition of some thyme added a lovely floral note to the rich almond cream and played nicely with the sweet scented Forelles.

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Forelle Pear and Thyme Frangipane Tart

Rating 

Serves: 8 slices

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A delicious almond cream tart with beautiful Forelle Pears, scented lightly with thyme.
Ingredients
TART
  • ½ cup/65g ground almonds
  • ¼ cup/53g organic cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/25g organic plain/all purpose flour
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 large organic egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Tart shell
  • 3 or 4 Forelle pears, sliced horizontally in circles
  • ⅛ cup apricot preserves to glaze.
TART SHELL
  • 1½ cups/220g organic all purpose/plain flour
  • salt a pinch
  • 8 tablespoons/113g butter, cold, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 3-5 tbs ice cold water
Instructions
TART SHELL
  1. In the bowl of a food processor add flour, salt and sugar. Pulse to mix.
  2. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons ice cold water and pulse until incorporated.
  4. Add tablespoon at a time of water if needed (mine took 4)
  5. Dump out into a board or counter and knead gently till the dough holds together.
  6. Wrap with plastic and chill for 30 minutes before rolling out.
  7. If baking the tart shell that day, preheat the oven to 375 ℉/180℃ (for a rectangular or round pan)
  8. The dough is pretty easy to roll out on a counter top with a good dusting of flour.
  9. You can also choose to roll it out between parchment or plastic.
  10. Roll out the dough to 18" by 8" (45 x 20 cm) for a rectangular pan or 12"(30cm) for a 9" (23 cm) round pan.
  11. Chill in freezer for 10 minutes if baking right away or overnight for later use.
  12. Line with parchment and fill with beans or rice (blind bake)
  13. Place the tart in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 375℉/180℃ till golden at the edges
  14. Remove beans or rice and bake all the way through till golden all over, 15/20 minutes or until set.
  15. If the dough is not set, it will stick to the parchment more.
  16. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before filling.
TART
  1. Mix together ground almonds and flour together in a bowl.
  2. In a food processor or mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and beat well.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and thyme leaves.
  5. Add the almond-flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Spread the paste into the tart shell
  7. Arrange the pears on top.
  8. Sprinkle some extra thyme leaves on top.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the filling is puffy and golden brown.
  10. Cool on rack.
  11. Apply an apricot glaze if desired, by warming some apricot jam and brushing on the pears only.
  12. Add a spring or two of thyme or sprinkle thyme leaves over the pears.
Notes
The quantity of almond filling above is the perfect amount for a rectangular pan. If you will be using a 9" round pan, you may need to make a quantity and a half (double might be too much since that's what I use for my 11" tart). If you need a visual for the tart rolling, please check out my White Chocolate Blackberry Tart The procedure is the same.

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Hope you are all having an awesome week and have great plans for the weekend ahead. I will be back soon, but don’t mind if I am a little late visiting all your sites. Once Ramadan is over, and I’ve slept for a week straight, I’ll be back to my normal self. Have a great weekend!!

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31 Comments

  1. What a beautiful tart…I like the thyme that you have added to this recipe. Hopefully, I’ll have a nice crop of pears in the orchard this year and this will be a nice way to use some.
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  2. Nazneen, this looks beautiful! And I cannot imagine how tired you must be! I hope that you are enjoying the last of Ramadan. I think that Ramadan sounds like an awesome opportunity! I hope you get lots of sleep now that it is ending! :-)
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  3. 8/8/2013

    What a wonderful looking tart is it! Drooling pictures..Giving it a touch of thyme might have been very tasty!
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  4. 8/8/2013

    Looks completely amazing! Well done on going through another Ramadan, and it seems this is the perfect way to reward yourself! I need to get my hands on some of those pears, just alone they look delicious! I love love love a ripe pear- one of the greatest joys on earth I feel.

  5. 8/6/2013

    Hi Nazneen – the tart looks wonderful, and I love the photo of the pears… gorgeous colours. By the way, I was wondering – I know that “Eid” is the end of Ramadan, but is there another “Eid”? My wife’s family (they are muslim, my wife is not) were visiting in February I think, and there was some sort of festival at this time. People were picking up goats which they’d ordered from butchers to take home – is that in any way related to this Eid at the end of Ramadan?
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  6. Oh Nazneen….you make the most BEAUTIFUL tarts and I am in such awe of your baking skills. This one is an absolute beauty and love the pear and almond and thyme flavors all combined! Enjoy celebrating the new moon with your family and friends. And hopefully you will be able to catch up on some sleep! : )
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  7. 8/5/2013

    Beautiful tart…and yes, I love the combination of pear and almond…awesome pictures as well.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :D

  8. 8/5/2013

    Tart at its best! Such pretty, adorable, lovable tart! So simple yet so breathtakingly gorgeous tart! Loved the way you styled your whole tart and that flawless slice!
    And how beautifully all your materials fit into the frame! I love your pictures where ingredients and material can breathe :)

    (Bookmarked it)
    Hugs.
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  9. 8/5/2013

    A beautiful tart indeed. I love pears however I have never baked with them. Your post is certainly beckoning me to try it!

  10. Don’t worry about posting and commenting the next few days – these are really important days, as you point out, and experiencing them to the fullest is the most important thing in your life at the moment. Lovely looking tart – wonderful combination of flavors. And the photos are all so good. Thanks.
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  11. 8/3/2013

    Lovely! I like the way you have arranged the pear slices on frangipane tart. Nazneen, don’t be so hard on yourself by thinking of visiting our blogs. Enjoy the spirit of Ramadan with family and friends.
    Eid Mubarak to you and your family!
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  12. 8/3/2013

    such a beautiful tart to look at…perfectly baked…would taste divine with some lavender honey topping…that snap with pears is gorgeous :-)

  13. 8/3/2013

    What a gorgeous tart! Wish I could get my hands on it.
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  14. What a gorgeous tart! I believe pear goes well with baked goods than fresh raw pear… at least that’s my favorite. This looks really delicious and I want a few slices for myself! :)
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  15. 8/2/2013

    This must be a favorite dessert of yours, Nazneen. You take such care in preparing it. It looks beautiful and I can only imagine how good it tastes. Do not worry about us in the blogosphere. You’ve more important matters to attend. :)
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  16. 8/2/2013

    That must be the prettiest tart I’ve ever seen! It does get extremely hectic in the last few days, doesn’t it? Have a blessed last week of Ramadan and Eid Mubarak to you and your family!
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  17. That tart is breathtakingly gorgeous! I’m in awe of how you can be so generous with your time and cooking, with little sleep and while fasting. I think you might be wonder woman!
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  18. Nazneen enjoy and have fun the rest of the 10 days. Wishes from all of us.
    This looks gorgeous, it’s been on my todo list for a while.
    tc.
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  19. 8/1/2013

    You already know how much I love almonds and frangipane is almost always in my freezer. I mostly use it to make different versions of galette des rois with store bought puff pastry when my family wants something sweet and filling in a short time. I am definitely going to try out this lovely tart next time. Fantastic pairing and looks pretty too! Hope you get lots of the much-needed post Ramadan rest:-)
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  20. This pear tart looks so pretty, I bet it tastes wonderful.

  21. mariyam
    8/1/2013

    Beautiful Forelles! I know I’m erratic in Ramadan too, looking forward to sleep! Happy Eid!

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