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Easy Almond Pear Tart with Shortbread Crust, the Perfect Dessert for a Wine and Cheese Party

A perfect easy to make almond pear tart on a shortbread crust, served at a wine and cheese party. Just sweet enough to end the meal.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


Shortbread Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons of frozen butter cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon iced cold water

Pear Almond Tart

  • shortbread crust as above
  • 2 pears ripened, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract go lightly
  • 1 cup slivered almonds


Mix flour, sugar, salt and zest.

  • Add in the frozen butter and mix in food processor for 10 seconds. Add egg. Add in cold water and mix in processor until a dough is formed.
  • Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Take out, allow to warm up for 10 minutes.
  • Put into a tart pan. You will probably use your fingers to press into pan.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Use fork to put holes into dough.
  • Bake for 8 minutes 425. Reduce to 400 and bake for 12 minutes.


  • Heat cream, pears, bourbon, sugar until cream becomes translucent.
  • Add almonds. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Pour into prepared pan with removable bottom. You may have some left over.
  • Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Put another pan below as it may bubble over.
  • Serve at room temperature. Allow to cool or the shortbread crust will fall apart