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Ma Tante's Caramelized Pear & Ginger Tart

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“This is a quick and easy dessert. It is the bomb. I love the combination of pears, almonds and candied ginger. I got this recipe from my aunt...it is too die for. Hope that you enjoy it as much as we have. We use a shortbread pie crust for this recipe, feel free to use your favorite.”
READY IN:
40mins
SERVES:
4-6
YIELD:
1 pie
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 pears, large, bartlett, peeled and quartered, cut 1 1/2 - 2-inch thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cup sugar, brown
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, candied, finely minced
  • 1 pie crust, unbaked
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 23 cup cream, hard (whipping cream)
  • 6 tablespoons almonds, ground
  • 4 teaspoons pear brandy (optional... may use pear nectar)
  • 1 cup cream, whipped cream, garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, candied, shredded, garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice pears,
  3. Caramelize the pears in butter and 3 tbsps sugar. Cook until a nice golden brown and set aside to cool.
  4. Arrange the cooled, caramelized pears nicely in the unbaked pie crust.
  5. Blend together the eggs, remaining sugar, minced candied ginger, cream, ground almonds and pear brandy or nectar.
  6. Pour the custard mixture over the pears and place in a preheated oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. (or until done)
  7. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving -- this is equally as good cold as it is warm.
  8. When ready garnish with a large dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle remaining shredded candied ginger overtop.
  9. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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