This pear tart, typically Parisian, is called tarte bourdaloue in France, and is the pride of any French patisserie. Traditionally, it’s filled with almond cream, however, this recipe skips that (and the calories) without forfeiting any delicious flavor.
For some of the almond flavor, try adding a touch of almond extract to the marscapone instead of pear brandy
Pear Tart - as delicious as it is lovely.From: GalleyChef.org
This pear tart has a buttery, flaky crust and a delicious pear filling with pear brandy added to kick up the flavor.
Process the flour, butter, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade until butter is pea–size. Add the water and mix until dough gathers into a ball. Remove from machine, dust with flour, wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Line a 9 inch tart pan with the dough. Trim and crimp the edges. Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork. Freeze while preparing the filling.
For the filling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut eat of the pear halves crosswise into slices as thin as possible, maintaining the shape of the pear half by keeping the slices in place. Fan 5 of the pear halves in the tart shell filling in the gaps with the 6th pear half. (arrange to look like a flower) Sprinkle the pears with sugar. Dot the pears with butter. Sprinkle with pear brandy. Bake until the pears are caramelized and the crust is well browned, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes.
For the glaze
While the tart is baking, make the glaze. Heat the apricot jam and pear brandy in a small sauce pan until melted and smooth. Spoon the glaze over the tart.
For the garnish
Mix the mascarpone cheese with the sugar and pear brandy. Cut the tart into wedges and serve warm topped with a dollop of pear flavored mascarpone cheese.
Check tart 35 minutes into baking. If the crust is getting too dark, cover with foil.