Milanese pear and chocolate tart

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Unbleached flour
¼ cup Sugar
⅛ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking powder
3 tablespoons Cocoa powder
4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 large Egg
\N \N Chocolate Crumb Topping:
1 cup Unbleached flour
⅓ cup Sugar
¼ cup Cocoa powder
1 \N Stick butter, melted
\N \N Pear Filling:
4 \N Ripe Bartlett pears
3 tablespoons Sugar
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
1 tablespoon Pear eau-de-vie

Lightly butter a 10-inch tart pan.

For dough, combine dry ingredients except cocoa in a mixing bowl. Sift cocoa into bowl through a fine strainer. Rub in butter with fingertips, keeping mixture cool and powdery. Beat egg with a fork and stir in. Continue stirring until dough is evenly moistened, pressing it together well. Shape dough into a disk, wrap and chill.

For crumbs, combine flour and sugar in a bowl; sift in cocoa and mix.

Stir in butter and allow to stand a few minutes. Break up into coarse crumbs. Set a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough on a floured surface and line the prepared pan, pressing dough in well. For filling, peel, halve, core and slice pears into a bowl and toss with remaining ingredients.

Pour filling into lined pan, smooth top and scatter crumbs over surface. Bake the tart about 30 to 35 minutes, until the crust and crumbs are baked through and the filling is bubbling. Cool on a rack and serve tart at room temperature.

Yield: 8 servings


All recipes courtesy of Nick Malgieri

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