Use shortcrust pastry to make this morning-tea treat. Photo: Jennifer Soo
- 250g shortcrust pastry
- 250ml milk
- 1 cinnamon quill
- 3 eggs, separated
- 150g castor sugar
- 45g flour, sifted
- 200g almond meal
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 ripe pears, tops removed and cut in half
- 100g apricot jam
Cut pastry into four. Roll to 2mm thickness on a lightly floured bench and line four 12cm tart shells. Rest in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight. Preheat oven to 170C and blind bake tart shells.
To make pastry cream, warm milk and cinnamon in a saucepan. Mix egg yolks, 50g caster sugar and 20g flour in a bowl. Pour over milk and whisk to combine well.
Return to the saucepan and cook over a gentle heat, whisking constantly until thick, about 10 minutes. Pass through a fine strainer and discard cinnamon. If not using immediately, cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin forming and store in the fridge.
Place almond meal, baking powder, remaining flour and sugar in a large bowl. Stir through egg whites and, once combined, fold through pastry cream. Spoon into tart shells and spread to the edges.
Cut cores out of pears and thinly slice each half. Place on tart filling, skin-side up.
Bake for 30 minutes or until filling is golden and puffed. Heat apricot jam with a dash of water and use a pastry brush to glaze tarts before serving.
- Main Ingredients - Pear, Nuts
- Cuisine - French
- Course - Dessert
- Occasion - Morning Tea, Dinner Party, Afternoon Tea