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Italian Pear Cranberry Tart

Ripe slices of pears and deep red cranberries combine with a simple custard and a dusting of cinnamon in this pear cranberry tart. Great for the holidays!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 slices
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 11 inch sweet pastry crust, preferably using pasta frolla pastry dough
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp honey, divided
  • 1 1/2 lb (2-3 large) ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp superfine flour, such as Wondra
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Pull out your nonstick 11-inch tart pan.

  2. Take the disc of pastry dough out of the refrigerator and let it warm up until it is cool but pliable. On a lightly floured board, roll out the pastry dough until it is large enough to fill the tart pan. Rotate your dough frequently as you work so that it forms an even circle. Transfer the dough to your tart pan and gently press it into the corners and sides. Run the rolling pin over the top of the tart pan to cut off the extra dough. (Alternatively, press the dough into the pan in an even layer instead of rolling it out.)

  3. Line the dough filled pan with heavy duty aluminum foil so that the foil overhangs the pan. Fill the foil with pie weights or dried beans and bake the tart crust for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and pie weights (set them aside to cool) and bake the tart crust for another 15 minutes, until lightly browned all over.

  4. While the tart crust is baking, make the filling.

  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add 1 tablespoon of the honey and swirl it in until it melts into the butter. Add the pear slices and and saute them until they are just getting soft. If you are using ripe but firm pears this will take about 3-4 minutes. For riper pears, you may only need to saute them 1 minute.

  6. Arrange the pear slices in concentric circles in the tart crust. Start along the outer edge, slightly overlap the slices as you go. I use the long slices for the outer circle and use the smaller slices for the inner circle. Scatter the cranberries over the pears.

  7. Whisk together the remaining tablespoon of honey, heavy cream, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Sprinkle the flour over the custard and whisk it in. Pour the custard evenly into the tart and then sprinkle the cinnamon over the top. Give the tart a shake to remove any bubbles and put the tart in the oven to bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the filling is firm and slightly puffed.

  8. Let the tart cool to room temperature, then carefully remove the tart from the pan and put it on a serving dish. If the tart shell is sticking a bit, gently loosen it from the pan. Tart can be made 1 day ahead.

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