Pear Almond Tart

Adam's parents sent us some pears for Valentine's Day!

Pear Almond Tart

Pear Almond Tart

{From Southern Living}

1 pie crust
3/4 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 large fresh pears
3 tablespoons sliced almonds
1/3 cup apricot or peach jam
1 tablespoon orange juice

1. Fit pie crust into a standard tart pan. Process slivered almonds in food processor until finely ground. Add half cup sugar, egg, and one tablespoon melted butter. Process until blended and spread over pastry.
2. Combine two cups water and lemon juice, stirring well. Peel and core pears. Dip pears in lemon juice mixture and drain well.
3. Cut pears in half vertically and then cut into 1/8-inch-thick lengthwise slices, keeping slices in order as they are cut. Arrange slices over almond mixture in the shape of six pear halves, letting slices fan out slightly.
4. Top pears with a fourth cup sugar, sprinkle with sliced almond and drizzle with two tablespoons melted butter. Bake at 400 degrees for forty to fifty minutes.
5. Combine preserves, a fourth cup water, two tablespoons sugar, and orange juice. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Carefully brush glaze over tart before servings.

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