I love this delicious pear tart filled with a sweet almond paste. It is one of my favorite French desserts! The tart was invented in a pastry shop on Bourdaloue street in Paris, hence the name Tarte Bourdaloue. This French classic is absolutely delicious!
I tried many recipes for the Tarte Bourdaloue, and my favorite is by far the recipe by French cook Valerie Paul Labaume. It is divine!
Please note, the recipe is for a small tart pan of about 8–9 inches, so if you have a bigger tart pan, adjust measurements accordingly.
Also, if you do not have time to make the tart crust, you can use a store-bought sweet pie crust. However, this tart crust recipe is particularly delicious, so I really recommend making it.
In a big mixing bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, salt and softened butter, using the tip of your fingers, until the butter is fully incorporated and you have a mixture that resembles sand.
Add the egg yolk. Mix with your hands until you have a uniform dough. Gather the dough in a ball, wrap it, and place it in the fridge for 1 hour.
Take the ball out of the fridge. Using a rolling pin, roll it out to fit your tart pan.
For the filling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix the softened butter, the granulated sugar, the almond flour, and the egg until you have a uniform paste.
Use a fork to make little holes on the tart crust (pictured). Cut the pear halves in slices and place them on the crust as though the pear halves were not sliced (see picture). (Please note: we are using the pears without the syrup from the can).
Pour the almond paste around the pears as pictured.
Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Enjoy warm or cold!