Noosh Eatery’s caramel and pear tart

PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
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Serves 8-10

Pastry

90g cold butter diced

⅓ cup semolina

2 cups self-rising flour

⅓ cup caster sugar

150ml cold water

Caramel

60g butter

½ tsp vanilla

½ can condensed milk

1 generous Tbsp golden syrup

Frangipani cream

150g ground almonds

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

¼ tsp salt

150g white sugar

150g unsalted butter

3 large eggs, room temperature

1½ tsp vanilla

2 pears (peel, halve and core)

3 Tbsp almond flakes

METHOD

Lightly grease and line a 30cm, loose-bottom flan tin.

Place sugar, semolina and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and process until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add the cold water quickly through the feed tube and process briefly just until combined.

Tip the pastry on to a lightly-floured surface and press into a ball.

Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

Roll the pastry 3mm thick and ease into the flan tin. Trim the sides to the level of the tin. Refrigerate or freeze it until almond cream and caramel is ready.

Heat the oven to 190degC.

Caramel

Place all the ingredients in a pot and melt on low heat. Mix well. Remove from heat and leave to cool before use.

Frangipani cream

Place the sugar, ground almond, flour, salt and baking powder in an electric mixer or food processor with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to combine.

Add the softened butter and combine/process the ingredients for about 25-30 seconds. Add the egg, vanilla extract and beat until you have a smooth creamy consistency. (You can do this in a large bowl by hand. The butter must be very soft, but not melted.)

Frangipani cream can be made a few days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.

Assemble the tart

Place a baking sheet in the centre of a preheated oven (190degC).

Spread the caramel on the pastry crust then pour over the frangipani cream.

Peel, halve and core the pears and then slice each pear horizontally about 4mm-5mm thick. Place them over the frangipani cream on the pastry crust and sprinkle the almond flakes.

Place the tart pan on a hot baking sheet. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until top is nicely light brown colour.

Transfer to a cooling rack. When tarts are at room temperature remove from pan.

• Recipe provided by Noosh Eatery. Recipe requested by Sande Jones.

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