Pear tartlets

    45 minutes

    These attractively shaped tartlets are ideal served warm as a dinner-party dessert with whipped cream or ice cream.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 3 sheets fresh or frozen puff pastry, about 400 g
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 6 firm pears
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 125 ml (1/2 cup) white wine
    • 150 g (1 1/2 cups) ground almonds
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 80 ml (1/3 cup) cream
    • 12 cloves and 12 pumpkin seeds
    • 2 tablespoons fresh currant jelly

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Use a large baking tray and line with baking aper. Preheat oven to 220°C. Place pastry sheets beside one another; thaw if necessary.
    2. For the filling, peel, halve and core the pears. Bring the pear halves to a boil in a pan with the lemon juice and wine. Cover and stew over a low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain pears.
    3. Combine almonds, honey and cream. Roll out pastry 3 mm thick on a lightly floured work surface. Cut into 12 pear-shaped pieces with stems; they should be 2.5 cm larger all round than the pear halves.
    4. Shape remaining pastry into leaves and press onto stems. Place pear-shaped pastry pieces on baking tray and prick several times with a fork. Spread almond filling in the middle of each pastry; leave a 1cm wide margin.
    5. Make several incisions along the length of the round side of each pear or score with the tines of a fork; place the fruit flat side down on almond filling. Place the cloves in the pears for the blossoms and pumpkin seeds as stems. Combine egg yolk with 2 tsp water and brush over the edges of the pastries. Bake for 15–20 minutes; coat with jelly while still warm.

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