Fresh anjou pear tart

Yield: 10 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 ounces Almond paste
⅓ cup Granulated sugar
½ cup Butter softened to room temperature
2 Eggs
¾ cup Hazelnuts; roasted and ground
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Prepared 9 inch tart shell
½ cup Chocolate; melted
4 Firm-ripe USA Anjou pears; peeled, cored, and
Sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 Lemon; juiced
4 ounces Apricot preserves; melted and strained

Preheat oven to 350° F. For filling, cream together almond paste and sugar.

Add butter and mix until smooth. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Add ground hazelnuts, vanilla and mix. Brush melted chocolate on bottom of prepared tart shell and pour in filling. Bake at 350° F for 35 to 40 minutes, until filling is lightly browned and set in the center.

Cool tart on rack. When the tart is cooled, toss pear slices gently with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. Arrange pear slices in concentric circles. Brush completed tart with strained apricot preserves.

Always be sure to use ripe pears.

Per serving: 518 Calories (kcal); 33g Total Fat; (52% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 61g Carbohydrate; 37mg Cholesterol; 28mg Sodium Food Exchanges: ½ Grain(Starch); ½ Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 6½ Fat; 3 ½ Other Carbohydrates

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