This beautiful and delicious tart is quick and easy to make can be served warm out the oven or at room temperature for picnics and lunch boxes.

300g puff pastry
1 egg yolk beaten with 2T water to glaze
2-3 medium pears peeled, halved, cored and thinly sliced.

Sugar syrup
50g castor sugar
50ml water
1cinnamon stick
2star anise
Juice of 1 lemon

75g butter softened
75g icing sugar
1 medium egg lightly beaten
75g ground almonds
2T plain flour
½ t almond essence

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C
  2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm thickness and place in a 20cm tart tin so that the base and sides are covered and trim away any excess pastry. Brush the rim with glaze and allow to rest while making the filling.
  3. Place all the sugar syrup ingredients in a small pot and place on a low heat, until the sugar has dissolved then increase the heat and allow to simmer for ±10 minutes until thickened and allow to cool.
  4. Beat the egg and sugar together and slowly add in the egg once fully incorporated add the flour, almonds and almond essence and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Gently mix the cooled sugar syrup into the pears and leave for a few minutes to macerate.
    Pour the frangipane mix into the pastry shell and spread out evenly, drain the pears and arrange on top in a concentric circle.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 34-45 minutes or until pears are tender and filling is golden brown.
  7. Brush over remaining syrup and allow to cool.

Serve with crème fraiche or vanilla ice-cream.

Serves 4-6

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