Sunday, June 10, 2012

FLAKED ALMOND AND PEAR TART RECIPE. PEAR AND FLAKED ALMOND TART RECIPE.


A SPECIAL GUEST POST

I sure feel happy and honoured to receive yet another guest post. This time it’s from none other than my dear blogger friend Dr Jehanne who blogs at the cooking doctor. Check out her  link here

Dr Jehanne is currrently working abroad. Despite her busy work schedules, performing surgeries and very often on stand by for hospital calls, Dr Jehanne still find time to always prepare home cook food for her family. She has a very cute and trendy little girl.

The last time we had a chat, her husband just came back from work and her pies and puffs just came out very well done from the oven, ready to be served for dinner.  She being a doctor, i remembered asking her for a health tip and she replied “ Eat home cook food with no additives is the healthy way.”  I am not a health freak, but i put reasonable efforts to keep a healthy lifestyle. Thanks doc for your tip, a great reminder for me...

I also wish to congratulate Dr Jehanne for “the cooking doctor” turns 1 last May and she celebrated her milestone, with her article being featured in BBC Good  Food Asia magazine . She came up with Fraisier using dragon fruit-  a Flamboyant beauty.. (see dragon fruit image at my sidebar)

I feel honoured and very pleased and i thank you very much Dr Jehanne for finding time in your super hectic schedule, to do this guest post for me- the awesome “Flaked almond and pear tart recipe”- another flamboyant beauty. Here, a bouquet specially for you dear. Let’s hear it from her.
I have known Ms Wan Maznah for sometime now, almost during the early days of my blogging last year. Hailed from the same country as me, and with a superb blog, Cooking Varieties which focuses on healthy lifestyle, it is no wonder that we click instantly, all the while sharing messages and comments on each others' posts. I was elated when the topic of guest posting came up, and  I am more than happy to contribute to Wan's lovely blog. I wanted something special and befitting the Cooking Varieties, something healthy yet entertaining enough for her varied readers.

So I came up with an afternoon tea idea. Something moreish, indulgent yet healthy too. Packed with flavours and pretty on the eye. Ideal for parties, yet beautiful on its own for a solo treat. 

Pear and almond tart-who would have though that pears would take over the classic place of apples perfectly?

Now I might be biased, but I love tarts. I love pears and certainly almond too. I try to incorporate fruits into our daily lives, not purely for health reason but we as a family genuinely love fruits. Although we seldom get good peckham pears, every time I see the good ones in the market, they always end up in our household soon after-straight to the mouth or a notch higher as dessert, or poached in light syrup.
Apart from the daily five, pear is also known for its anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties to combat cancer, and also prevent hypertension, stroke and lowers the cholesterol level. As pear contains high amount of fibre, it is also naturally good source as mild laxative and also preventive of colon cancer.

Good news for moms out there: Pear is one of the fruits with lower risk of allergic reactions so it is ideal to be introduced as first solid food for babies, mostly in puree form or juice.
For this recipe, I combined almonds into the flour for the pastry as well as flakes in the filling. Almonds are truly a baker's dream as it is universally delicious for pastries and cakes alike. But more so than that, with its rich source of vitamin E and amino acids, almonds should be incorporated into the diet more often, especially as its monounsaturated fat can lower the HDl (bad) choleserol.
Before I go on my rant, let's get on to the recipe. Little morsels of delight that would make you forget all the above facts as their beauty brings in the Parisienne patisserie charm with it. Adorn your favourite tiered plates with the tarts, put the kettle on and invite those guests in. For they are in for a little treat.
FLAKED ALMOND AND PEAR TART- perfect for afternoon tea

Shortcrust:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup almond flour
7 tbsp unsalted butter
a pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
2 tsp cold water

Filling:
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond oil or extract(optional)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp plain flour
2 ripe Peckham pears-peeled and julienned
12 cup almond flakes

Method
1. Prepare the shortcrust pastry. You can use several tartlette moulds like I did here, or a large 20 cm flat tart pan.

2. In a food processor, combine almond flour, plain flour and salt. Diced in the cold butter into the flours and whizz until crumbs are formed. Alternatively you can also use tip of your fingers.

3. Add in the egg yolk and just enough water to form a dough. The dough will not stick to the mixer bowl.

4. Form a disk and chill in the fridge for around 30 minutes.

5. In the meantime, prepare the filling. Hand whisk the almond flour, sugar, egg, almond oil, butter and plain flour together until cream is formed. 

6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to around 2 cm thick circle and fill the moulds of your choice.

7. Blind bake the pastry cases by piercing the dough and fill the tartlette with ceramic baking beans (or cooking beans) so the dough does not puff up whilst baking.

8. Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 180C.

9. Remove the half-baked tartlettes from the oven. Spoon in the almond cream on the base and garnish with julienned pears and almond flakes.

10. Lower the oven temperature to 170C and bake for another 15-20 minutes until top is golden brown.

11. Serve warm with dollop of creme fraiche, plain Greek yogurt or vanilla ice-cream, or just as it is. 

96 comments:

  1. Lovely post..so informative.
    Nice recipe served in beautiful crockery ..
    Will certainly visit Dr Jehanne's site..

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    1. hi shobha, yes, these tarts and cutleries look very authentic. have a nice day

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  2. Thnk you Wan for the beautiful bouquet, I am honoured to be your guest post in this popular blog. Hope you and your readers would try out this recipe as they are simple yet delicious:-).

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    2. hi dr jehanne, you are welcome...and i am truly glad to have you as my guest with your authentic flaked almond and pear tarts and classy cutlery..love that too. i definitely want to try this recipe, pear is so healthy to eat as well delicious. have a nice day dear. you are welcome to reply to any of the comments here

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  3. Thank you Dr. Jehanne for sharing this delicious recipe. Thanks to Wan, too. :)

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    1. hi balqis, glad you like this recipe, dr jehanne did a fantastic post. have a nice day

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  4. this is yummy yummy Dr.Jehanne..I will write this one for my kids ;).. I agree home cooked food is the best and we can be sure it is healthy and clean..thank you for sharing to us your ideas and Wan's guest here always gives out the best recipe no doubt..thank you Wan and nice to meet you Dr. Jehanne ;)

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    1. hi sie, thanks for your sweet compliments, its true, all my guests post great recipes here in my blog... so is dr jehanne's.. great tip from her too. have a nice day sie.

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  5. so irresistible tart. i am drooling over the picture. awesome

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    1. hi dear, thank you, happy that you like this authentic tarts. have a nice day

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  6. What a lovely guest post, very informative & mouthwatering! These pictures are so tempting! Thank you Dr. Jehanne & Wan for sharing :)

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    1. hi ambreen thanks to you to for coming over with such compliments. have a great week

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  7. I too am not over the top with eating healthy but sensible with a balance of sinful and healthy for balance. Gorgeous and lovely pie and the pics says it all.

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    1. hi nava, thank you dear for your comment. the tarts are pretty lovely indeed. have a great week.

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  8. looks irresistable & hearty recipe ..love it
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. hi jay, yes, healthy and delicious- irresistable to my palate too. have a great week.

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  9. Just hoped in from Jehannes's space ..lovely guest post!!
    Thanx Wan for bringing out another wonderful blogger at your space :-)

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    1. hi julie, glad you hop over to dr jehanne's. she is a wonderful blogger indeed. have a great week

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  10. Wonderful post, will make this one, have saved it in my recipes! thankyou

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    1. hi dear, happy to have you here and bookmarked this authentic tarts recipe. thanks and have a great week.

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  11. Great presentation and so scrumptious! Thanks to your guest and you for featuring this fantastic tart!

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    1. hi treat and trick thanks for your sweet compliment. dr jehanne' s recipe is perfect for me to follow as well. have a nice day

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  12. Satu resep makanan yang sangat saya suka

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    1. hi cik awi . thank you, memang enak. have a nice day

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  13. What a wonderful recipe. Thanks for letting me know that pear is very low in allergic reactions. The picture is scrumptious!

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    1. hi purabi naha, glad you like that tip, me too, heard this first time. thanks and have a nice day

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  14. Classic recipe,looks so delicious and tempting..congrats to both of you for this wonderful guest post

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    1. hi suja, thanks a lot for your sweet comments. have a nice day dear

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  15. Wow! That almond and pear tart looks absolutely stunning! I love the pictures! Thank you for the recipe! :)

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    1. hi nash, thanks dear, appreciate your comments. have a nice day

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  16. I love fruit tarts - hv not tried wth pears, a must try!

    Tks for sharing.

    Cheers

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    2. hi katrina, thanks, o looks like you know how make tarts and can cook ok.. first i i see recipe using healthy pears instead of apples.. have a nice day..
      earlier comment deleted, due to spelling errors.

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    1. hi anonnymous, thanks for your visit, glad to know you. do visit dr jehanne, thanks for the bookmarked. have a nice day

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    1. hi rina, ah yes, i feel hungry already. have a nice day

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    1. hi jasna, hope you are doing well.. thanks and have a nice day

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  20. Those mini pear tarts look wonderful!

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    1. hi yummy chunklet, thanks appreciate it. have a nice day

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  21. thank you all for liking the recipe and the lovely comments, and I hope some or all of you would try it out too:-)

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    2. hi dr jehanne, so glad you came by, and yes, your flaked almond and pear tarts are so popular..really happy to have your recipe here -sure enhance my blog. thanks again dear and have a wonderful day

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    1. hi peachkins, thanks for for your sweet comment, have a nice day

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  23. Looks so perfect..First time here..You have a lovely blog..

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  24. great post
    hi Wan ur new look of blog is beautifu crocery is very attractive. i am visiting after long time as i am out of station. now visit daily and enjoy ur lovely posts

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    1. hi santosh, glad you are back to blogging, the almond and pear tarts, guest post by dr jehanne here surely looks very authentic= both dessert and cutlery. have a nice day dear

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  25. Hi Wan, wow! Thats very nice of your friend for her warm thoughts of you.
    And her very interesting health advice.
    Ya, fully agree with her.
    I eat lots of fruits everyday....grapes, oranges, lots of guavas, pears too and apples.
    Not to mention Chinese green tea. 6 cups a day.

    I sure love those tea cups, very classy......looks 5 star.....the kind that maybe wear a tie when invited for tea, ha ha.
    Have a nice day, Wan, stay beautiful.
    Lee.

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    1. hi lee thanks for your compliments on the cutlery.
      pears are really great, i especially like the green type which is soft inside. to me this is tastier , have a nice day

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    1. hi sm, thanks for your visit and have a nice day

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  27. wow!!!absolutely love these cute little tarts !!!!specially loved how sh combined the flavors !!!!wonderful !!!!the pics look gr8!!!!!I have already visited her space before !!!she's just awesome :-)

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  28. hi sonali, great you like this pick and dr jehanne blog too. she has a lot of authentic, pleasant to the palate kind of recipes. have a nice day

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    1. hi asmita, thanks for your sweet compliment and have a nice day

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  30. wow so wonderful.. loved ur presentation.. beautiful clicks..
    thanks for dropping by my space dear:)
    happy to follow u dear:)pls visit and join my space in ur free time:)
    http://indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com

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    1. hi rekha, thanks for the compliment..yes, will visit you and have a nice day

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  32. hi dear, how have you been,, yes, this tart is really great for a vegetarian diet. have a nice day

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  33. thanks for the information
    her ....

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  34. thank you once again dr jehanne, cant wait to try out your pretty looking flaked almond and pear tarts- apart from being nutritious, they look delicious and authentic too. have a wonderful week

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