Pear and Spiced Chocolate Tart

  • prep time1 min
  • total time 42 min
  • serves 6-8

Make this delicious tart with your leftover pears for a sweet, spiced treat. Makes one 9-inch (23 cm) tart.

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Directions for: Pear and Spiced Chocolate Tart


3 Anjou or Bartlett pears, peeled, halved and cored

2 cup sugar

2 cup water

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp brandy

½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature

3 Tbsp sugar

2 large egg yolks

¾ cup all purpose flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ tsp fine salt

6 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

¾ cup whipping cream

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp vanilla

1 large egg


1. Bring pears, sugar, water and lemon juice up to a simmer. Cook pear just below a simmer (and place a plate or piece of parchment over surface of liquid to keep pears from floating) until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. After pears have cooled a bit, remove from liquid, sprinkle with brandy, toss and chill until ready to serve.

2. To prepare crust, cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg yolks, adding one at a time. Sift together flour, cocoa and salt and add to butter mixture. Mix until dough just comes together. Shape in to a disc and chill until ready to roll. If preparing ahead of time, pull dough from fridge an hour before rolling.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to just over ¼-inch (.5 cm) thick. Line a 9-inch (23 cm) removable-bottom tart shell with dough, trim edges and chill for 20 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Dock pastry with a fork and bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool.

5. Reduce oven temperature to 325 F (160 C). Place chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Heat cream with spices to just below a simmer and pour over chocolate. Let it sit for a minute, then stir slowly. Stir in vanilla.

6. Whisk egg in a small cup then stir into chocolate. Pour into chocolate shell and bake for 12 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then chill for 2 hours before serving.

7. To garnish with pears, slice, pears thinly and arrange over tart.

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