This pear frangipane tart is a classic French pastry filled with frangipane (almond cream) and poached pears. It’s a delicious flavor combination perfect for anytime.
A pear frangipane tart is also sometimes referred to as a pear and almond cream tart or Tart Bourdaloue. It’s a classic French recipe found in many cookbooks. Almond lovers will absolutely love the delicate sweet filling.
The Tart Dough
For this tart, I used a store bought dough which is perfectly fine but you can use your own favorite tart dough recipe or try my flaky pie crust recipe.
I thought the store bought dough was not quite sweet enough so next time I would try a sweet tart dough.
The Frangipane Filling
If you are new to frangipane, you are sure to be in for a treat! It’s one of my favorite tart fillings and is super easy to make! All you need is almond flour, butter, sugar, eggs and flour.
Follow my simple frangipane recipe and you are good to go to make a variety of tarts. You can also make frangipane up to a week in advance!
Be aware though that this frangipane recipe makes 2 cups but you only need 1 cup for this recipe. You can always freeze the extra.
The reason I made extra is because it's much easier to mix a double volume in an electric stand mixer. If you want to make half, you can by hand mixing but be sure to use butter that is soft or almost melted.
How to Prepare and Poach Your Pears
I recommend Anjou or Bartlett pears. They have the best shape for these tarts and are easy to find. Make sure they are firm and ripe but not over ripe. Peel, cut in half and remove the core.
You can poach your pears in wine or use water as I have done in the recipe below. Just be sure not to over poach them as you don’t want to end up with mushy pears.
Pears can be poached ahead of time and stored in the poaching liquid in the refrigerator.
When slicing your poached pears, keep the pear slices together. If you give the sliced pear a slight push with your fingers they will fan out a little.
Do this first, and then lift the entire sliced pear half with a spatula onto the tart. Arrange the pears as shown below.
Finishing and Serving the Pear Tart
To give the tart a nice finish, I recommend applying a tart glaze while the tart is still cooling. This gives it a nice sheen and also preserves the tart a little. You can also give it a slight dusting of powdered sugar.
Finally, be sure to slice and serve the tart in a way that allows some fruit and some filling in each serving. I’ve cut mine through the pear so that my slice has half pear and half filling in the serving.
Enjoy! You may also like my pineapple frangipane tart or my cherry almond cream tart.
Pear Frangipane Tart
Pear Frangipane tarts are a classic French pastry filled with frangipane (almond cream) and poached pears. It’s a delicious flavor combination perfect for anytime.
- 2 ½ pears
- 1 quart water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup plus 2 TBS sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed and room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons flour
For the crust
- 1 pre-made pie crust
- Roll out the pie crust and line it in a 9 or 10 inch tart pan. Place it in the refrigerator to chill.
- Peel, core and slice the pears in half.
- In a large sauce pot, heat the water and sugar until dissolved. Slide the pear halves into the water.
- Bring the water to a gentle boil and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the pears are soft.
- Remove the pears from the liquid and let them cool.
- Add the almond flour, sugar and butter to a bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Scrape down the bowl.
- Add the flour and mix until just combined.
- Poke the bottom of the tart shell with a fork all over to prevent the crust from bubbling up.
- Spread 1 cup of the frangipane in the bottom of the crust.
- Slice the pears into ¼ inch slices across each half. Fan out the slices by giving the cut pear a slight push with your fingers.
- Use a spatula to transfer each sliced pear half to to your tart in a circular pattern.
- Bake the tart at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until the crust and pear are browned and the frangipane is set.
The recipe makes extra frangipane. You can store the extra in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze it.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g
This nutrition information is only an approximate provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. Information comes from Nutritionix, an automated nutrition calculator.
So delicious. I made pâté sucrée for the shortcrust. What a delectable treat! Just make sure to leave space in the middle between the pears so that the frangipane can set. I held back on some of the poaching water and added a bit of white wine to the mix. Overall, straightforward recipe for a first-time tarter like myself. And the final bake could not be more beautiful. Thanks
If I may suggest, the footnote about this recipe making extra frangipane filling, could be at the top of the recipe. I had put all the filling in the tart crust and topped with the pears before seeing it. My tarte has been in the oven 20 minutes, the pears are now completely hidden, and the filling is in danger of overflowing. I am mystified as to the reason the recipe would make more filling than is needed. Why weren't the ingredients scaled back to make the exact amount required?
I have just made this tart, I also did not notice that the recipe made 2 portions of filling. I m sure it will taste fine, but I’v not got the lovely presentation that I wanted. However I’v put more almond slithers on the top, and the hidden pears will be a surprise to the eater.
Yep. I put all the filling in too, and only saw the comments when it was too late. Fingers crossed it’s not a total disaster
To the above....it always, always is a good thing to read the entire recipe at least twice before you start. that way, one avoids having disasters (from one who learned the hard way). I also read comments where available. I am making this today, but am going to do individual tarts. and I think a sugar cookie crust.
I am in Sydney and we don't get almond flour here. What is the best substitute?
Saritha, Almond flour is the main ingredient in frangipane. If you can't find almond flour, you can try grinding your own almonds in a food processor.
Lesley Jones says
just buy ground almonds and put them in your flour..remembering to reduce the flour a bit
Saritha, I buy almond flour online but also use almond meal in recipes, which is available in every supermarket. The difference is that the almond flour is ever so slightly finer and has been blanched so it is a bit drier. As this recipe is moist, switching shouldn't be an issue. In my opinion.
Cori Elam says
I made this and poached my pears in red wine and they were beautiful. They really sank when I cooked it though. I used the right amount of filling but I'm sad that the beautiful pears are almost lost. It smells delicious though. I bet it will still be delicious. Any tips on how to keep the pears from sinking?
Susan Browne says
I haven’t made it yet but will try it before our local pears have disappeared.
I have made pear frangipane cake with quarters of pears fanned out. I didn’t need to poach them before placing them on the frangipane. The baking time takes care of making sure they are cooked. So just wondering if poaching is necessary?
Hi Susan, I have not tested this recipe without poaching so I cannot say for sure.
Could anyone give me the hight of the pan in the picture, mine seems so much smaller, it is 1 inch high. Would appreciate answer from anyone thanks, just put it in tge comment section.
it’s a Wilton 9 x 1.125 inch pan
Hi, can I substitute the flour with anything gluten free?