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Pear Tart


Yup - still working on the Easter Brunch dishes-don't worry there's only a few more. This is such a great quick recipe to make. I've used fresh pears but I've also used jarred pears (Trader Joe's carries them). It's such a no-fuss recipe.  You just press the dough into the pan and put the pears on top.  It is also a nice dessert to bring to someone's house.  It travels well and looks like you went to a lot of trouble.

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 egg
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.

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