Saturday, 1 December 2012

Pear and Ginger Frangipane Tart


Our little lunch club - five blokes who used to work together, plus their partners - had christmas lunch yesterday. A little early, I know, but things get too busy later in the month. The hostess cooked the turkey and all the trimmings, and the others brought along desserts. As there are two gluten-free eaters in the group, one of whom is also dairy-free, one dessert was a gluten and dairy-free bread and butter pudding. My contribution was this frangipane tart; I had intended to make one with mincemeat in the base, as a nod to the festive season, but changed my plans when I heard, only at the last minute, of the planned bread and butter pudding - two desserts based on dried fruit seemed too much, even for Christmas.

Instead I raided the storecupboard and produced this delicious tart using ginger jam in the base, and studding the frangipane mixture with tinned pears. The only mistake I made was to put the pears into the tart case before the frangipane - I think the tart would have looked nicer if they were pressed into the frangipane.
 
There's not much of a recipe to share with you, more of a set of 'how to....' instructions. I used a shallow flan tin with a loose bottom, about 11" (27cm) in diameter, which I lined with standard short crust pastry made with all butter. I drained the tin of pear halves and picked the best five for the topping. Any leftover were roughly chopped and added to 200g of ginger jam. The jam and pear mix was spread over the raw pastry case and the pears arranged on top - I cut the rounded part of each pear into three to spread them a little flatter. A frangipane mixture made from 100g each softened butter, ground almonds, caster sugar, plus two eggs (just beat everything together with a hand held electric mixer) was spread between the pears and topped with a few flaked almonds. The tart was baked at 180C for 30 minutes, then the temperature reduced to 160C until the filling was set and golden brown - another 25 minutes or so.

I served the dessert at room temperature, with pouring cream. The ginger jam was just right for the base - it gave a gentle warmth and zing, without overwhelming the delicate flavours of the pear and the frangipane mixture.

8 comments:

Foodycat said...

That looks lovely. I confess, the idea of a dairy and gluten free bread and butter pudding terrifies me. That's like trying to make a vegan steak.

belleau kitchen said...

oh man... the words 'served at room temperature, with cream' are heaven to my ears... this has to be the most glorious desserty/puddingy thing EVER!!

Suelle said...

Foodycat - the bread and butter pudding was a little bland!

Dom - thank you, very flattering!

Katie said...

Looks delicious. I love the idea of using ginger jam as the base. A nice bit of warming spice. The pears peeping through the topping make it look very attractive.

Jean said...

It sounds delicious.
Pear and ginger are one of my favourite combinations and I only realised you could get ginger jam earlier this year.....must try this one !!

Chele said...

Perfect end to a Christmas meal, great idea to have a lunch club too.

Choclette said...

My mouth is really watering now Suelle - I think I'd better go and have breakfast! I have two pots of marrow and ginger jam that have been lurking at the back of my cupboard for an age now so thank you for coming up with a very clever and delicious way of using it up.

Karen S Booth said...

WOW! Suelle, that is such a pretty pie! I love it....fabulous photos too! Karen