Recipe

Poached pear tart with warm chocolate sauce

Keep 'em coming back for more with this rich, indulgent dessert. Pears infused with cinnamon add a soft texture to this tart while rich, dark chocolate sauce satisfies the chocaholic in us all.

  • 1 hr 20 mins preparation
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Poached pear tart
  • 4 pears
  • 1/3 cup (75g) sugar
  • 3 cup (750ml) water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 packet (435g) sweet shortcrust pastry
  • 225 gram unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (225g) almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 2 cup (225g) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
Warm chocolate sauce
  • 200 gram dark chocolate, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoon strong black coffee
  • 1/3 cup (180ml) cream
  • 20 gram butter

Method

Poached pear tart with warm chocolate sauce
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
  • 2
    Peel pears, cut them in half and scoop out their cores. Bring the sugar and water to the boil in a medium saucepan; add cinnamon and pears. simmer for 10-15 minutes or until they are just soft. Drain and discard syrup.
  • 3
    Roll the pastry out to fit a 28cm fluted tart tin. Line tin with the pastry; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Line the tart case with baking paper and fill with baking weights (or rice). Bake the pastry for 15 minutes. Remove baking weights and paper, return to oven for a further 10 minutes or until pastry is golden and dry, shielding edge with foil if over-browning.
  • 4
    In a food processor, combine the butter, almond meal and sugar; process until smooth. Add the eggs; process to combine. Spoon the almond mixture into the cooled baked tart case.
  • 5
    Press the poached pears into the almond mixture and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 6
    To make warm chocolate sauce, combine the chocolate, coffee and cream in a small saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring, until chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth, then stir in the butter and pour the sauce into a warm jug.
  • 7
    Serve tart with warm chocolate sauce.

Notes

Not suitable to freeze or microwave.