Pressed-Crust Pear Tart

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 279 calories
    • Calories 39 calories from fat
    • Fat 12 g
    • Sat Fat 8 g
    • Cholesterol 57 mg
    • Sodium 20 mg
    • Protein 3 g
    • Carbohydrate 42 g
    • Sugar 24 g
    • Fiber 3 g
  • February 2006

Ingredients

  1. Check 1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan, at room temperature
  2. Check 1cup all-purpose flour, plus more for your fingers
  3. Check 1/4teaspoon baking powder
  4. Check 1/2cup sugar, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons
  5. Check 1 large egg
  6. Check 2 to 3 Bosc pears, peeled, halved, and cored
  7. Check 1 1/2teaspoons ground cinnamon
  8. Check 1/4cup apricot jam
  9. Check 1tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  10. Check whipped cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Butter a 14-inch rectangular tart pan and set aside.
  3. Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar at high speed in a large bowl. Lower speed to medium, add the egg, and beat until incorporated. Gradually add the flour mixture until fully incorporated. The dough will be very soft.
  5. Push the dough into the pan with floured fingers to form an even crust. Arrange the pear halves, top to bottom, cut-side down. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and the remaining sugar. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 45 minutes; let cool.
  6. Heat the apricot jam and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, mixing until combined. Remove from heat and brush gently over the entire tart. Serve with the whipped cream, if desired.