chocolate pear hazelnut tart

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By Ellen Bales
from Indianapolis, IN

OMG! These ingredients are dynamite together. Don't forget to pass the vanilla ice cream! Recipe & photo: 11-17-14

serves 12
prep time 45 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chocolate pear hazelnut tart

  • 1-1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/3 c
    ground hazelnuts
  • 1/4 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 1 dash
  • 1/2 c
    cold butter, cubed
  • 3 to 5 Tbsp
    ice water
  • 3
    eggs, separated
  • 1 c
    ground hazelnuts
  • 1/3 c
    butter, softened
  • 1/3 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    baking cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp
    amaretto or 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 6
    canned pear halves, drained, sliced and patted dry
  • 2 Tbsp
    honey, warmed

How To Make chocolate pear hazelnut tart

  • 1
    Mix the first four ingredients; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Place the egg whites in a bowl and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in. thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. fluted tart pan. Trim pastry even with edge; prick bottom with a fork. Refrigerate.
  • 3
    In a large bowl, beat hazelnuts, butter, brown sugar and cocoa. Beat in yolks and amaretto.
  • 4
    With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until they are stiff. Gradually fold into hazelnut mixture; spread onto bottom of pastry. Top with pears.
  • 5
    Bake on a lower rack in a preheated 400º oven for 30-35 minutes. Brush pears with warm honey. Cool on a wire rack.