|4 ounces||Unblanched almonds|
|1 tablespoon||Unsalted butter|
|2 teaspoons||Grated lemon zest|
|½ teaspoon||Pure vanilla extract|
|1||10- or 12-inch puff pastry|
|Round, chilled and pricked|
|All over with a|
|5||Barely-ripe pears (such as|
|Anjou or Bartlett), peeled|
|1½ cup||Apricot preserves, heated|
|Unsalted pistachios, chopped|
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a food processor combine almonds, sugar, flour, butter, lemon zest, vanilla and egg yolks; process to a coarse, granular texture. On a heavy parchment-lined baking sheet, spread almond mixture evenly over pastry circle. Using a melon baller, core pears. Slice 8 to 9 of the pears halves very thin horizontally, holding them to maintain their shape. Carefully lift and transfer halves to top of tart, arranging them to fit in a star pattern, narrow ends pointing in. Shape remaining pear half to fit in center of tart; score top, but do not slice through.
Bake tart 40 to 45 minutes, until pears are golden brown and tender.
Glaze pears liberally with hot apricot preserves and sprinkle pistachios in a line down each pear half for garnish.
Yield: 8 servings
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