Pear Tart (Adapted from Real Simple)
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons
1 t vanilla
1 c flour
1/4 t baking powder
2 to 3 bosc pears, peeled, halve and cored
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1/4 c apricot jam
1 T lemon juice
Butter a tart pan (14" rectangular, 10" round, whatever you have). Cream butter and sugar together until mixed well. Add egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix flour and baking powder together. Mix into butter mixture slowly. Dough is very soft.
Push dough into pan with floured fingers to prevent sticking. Arrange pears on dough, cut-side down. Sprinkle sugar and sugar over pears. (I usually use raw sugar). Bake 45 minutes at 350 until golden brown. Cool fully. Mix apricot jam and lemon juice together. Heat briefly in microwave until liquid. Mix. Brush over tart.