Pear Frangipane Tarts

*These Pear Frangipane Tarts are deliciously elegant. Thin slices of juicy, fresh pear and a rich, sweet almond paste dress up store-bought puff pastry.*

These Pear Frangipane Tarts are delicious, easy, and so, so elegant! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #pear #almond #tart

I’d like to get one more delicious dessert out in the open before this year is over, ok? I’m sure that none of you could possibly complain about this, right? Especially since said dessert is these delicious tarts that are not only phenomenal, but also so sophisticated – the perfect sweet little treat for an elegant New Year’s Eve party!

These Pear Frangipane Tarts are delicious, easy, and so, so elegant! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #pear #almond #tart

Possibly the most great thing about this recipe? It’s so deceivingly simple. These tarts feature a ridiculously incredible combination of flaky puff pastry, rich almond frangipane, and juicy ripe pears. Might sound complicated, but I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve. First off, you don’t have to make the puff pastry yourself (although you could). Second, you don’t even have to grind the almonds yourself (although, again, you could). Yes, I did just give you permission to spend the last couple of precious days of 2016 struggling with some pretty advanced kitchen projects, if you so desire. But, IMHO, ain’t nobody got time for that.

These Pear Frangipane Tarts are delicious, easy, and so, so elegant! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #pear #almond #tart

So, we use store-bought puff pastry and ground almonds straight from Trader Joe’s – and these tarts are still as delicious as ever. Seriously, I’m absolutely sure that no one will complain if you take these same shortcuts, too. Because this pastry combination is just that irresistible. The buttery, rich, golden sheets of puff pastry are swathed in a super easy frangipane filling. Who knew that ground almonds, some sugar, a bit of butter, and an egg could bake up into something so dang delicious? Actually, I did. After consuming, oh, approximately 1.5 almond croissants every single day that I lived in Paris – yeahhh, frangipane is the best. The finishing touch for these elegantly simple tarts is a beautiful array of thin slices of fresh pear. The sweet, juicy fruit practically melts into the almondy goodness for the most delicious little tart you can imagine.

These Pear Frangipane Tarts are delicious, easy, and so, so elegant! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #pear #almond #tart

Pear Frangipane Tarts

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: Easy
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These Pear Frangipane Tarts are deliciously elegant. Thin slices of juicy, fresh pear and a rich, sweet almond paste dress up store-bought puff pastry.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 2 pears

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut puff pastry sheet lengthwise into three strips. Cut each strip into three rectangles.
  3. Transfer pastry pieces to prepared baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together butter, one egg, ground almonds, sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Wash and dry pears. Half each pear, remove the core, and then slice into thin slices.
  6. Beat the other egg in a small bowl with a tablespoon of water.
  7. Brush the beaten egg over the edges of each piece of pastry.
  8. Place a small dollop of the almond mixture onto the center of each pastry piece.
  9. Top each pastry with a few slices of pear.
  10. Bake until tarts are golden brown, about twenty minutes.

These Pear Frangipane Tarts are delicious, easy, and so, so elegant! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #pear #almond #tart

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