Poached Pear Crumble Tart©


Vanilla Almond Pastry
  • 6oz-150g Unsalted Butter (cold & cubed)
  • 10.5oz-300g Plain Flour (sifted)
  • 1 medium Egg Yolk (free-range)
  • 4.2oz-120g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Almond Extract
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1.4oz-40g Ground Almonds
  • 4 tablespoons Cold Water
Poached Pears
  • 24.6oz-700g Conference Pears (peeled & cubed)
  • 75cl (bottle) Red Fruity Wine
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 8.4oz-240g Caster Sugar
  • 2x Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1x Star Anise
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 6x Cloves (whole)
  • 8.4 fl oz-250ml Water
Cinnamon Crumble
  • 7oz-200g Plain Flour (sifted)
  • 2.6oz-75g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 4.2oz-120g Unsalted Butter


  1. Start by preparing the poached pears (3 days in advance). Place all the poached pear ingredients into a medium sized saucepan over a medium heat and simmer with a lid on for 20 minutes
  2. Spoon out the diced pear into a plastic box that has a lid available
  3. Strain the wine on top of the pears, filtering out the spices and zest and set to one side to cool completely
  4. Once completely cooled, attach the lid and pop in the fridge for 2-3 days
  5. When ready to prepare the tart, continue by making the pastry
  6. In a large mixing bowl add the cold butter and flour. Use a stand mixer with beater on low setting for 2 minutes or use your fingers and thumb to rub together until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. If doing this manually, take your time to get the effect and be patient
  7. Add the sugar & ground almonds and mix through
  8. Add the vanilla and almond extract along with the egg yolk and water and stir through with a knife before continuing to knead together with your hands
  9. When thoroughly combined, roll into a smooth ball and wrap in cling-film. Pop in the fridge for one hour
  10. When the hour is up, pre-heat oven to 392˚f/200˚c regular oven or 356˚f /180˚c fan assisted oven
  11. Grease a fluted tart tin (or loose bottomed flan tin) and set to one side. Flour a surface and the rolling pan and roll out the pastry mix evenly and thin. Transfer the sheet of pasty to the tin and press into the grooves and base. Prick the base several times with a fork
  12. Place a circle of baking paper on top of the base of the tart. Pour in baking beads (or rice if you don't have any) and pop into the oven on top of a baking tray for 20 minutes
  13. When time is up, remove the beads/rice and paper and pop back into the oven for a further 10 minutes
  14. Remove the tart and set to one side,. Decrease the oven temperature to 284˚f/160˚c regular oven or ˚f /140˚c fan assisted oven
  15. Drain the pears and pop into the pastry case and set to one side whilst you make the crumble topping
  16. In a large mixing bowl, using your fingers, crumble together the flour and butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs- like you did for the pastry.
  17. Add the sugar and cinnamon and stir through. Spoon the crumble over the top of the pears so it is completely covered
  18. Pop the tart into the oven for 45 minutes
  19. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes before fully removing from the tin
  20. Best served with cream, custard or ice-cream. Can be eaten hot or cold

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