The Best Online Cooking Videos
Already have an account? Sign In

Cinnamon-Poached Pear & Sweet Almond Tart

Ready In
Cook Time
Inactive Time
Michel Roux Jr., Level 1
Michel Roux Jr.
Welcome to Michel Roux's Easy French Cooking, where he will teach you some of his favorite traditional French dishes. This delicious French dessert is packed with the flavor of cinnamon and vanilla, sweet almond cream, and a hint of rum. Join our Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux in this Grokker Premium video, and learn the secrets to making a lovely, crunchy, delicate sweet pastry with perfectly cooked pears.

Cooking Recipe

Serves: 4

Poached pears:
4 pears (Williams are good)
1 ¼ cup (300ml) water
1 vanilla pod, split
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup (250g) caster sugar

Sweet pastry:
⅓ cup (80g) unsalted butter
1 cup (130g) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp (30g) sugar
1 free-range egg yolk
1 tbsp water

Almond cream:
½ cup (125g) softened unsalted butter
½ cup (125g) caster sugar
1 cup (125g) ground almonds
3 medium free-range eggs
2 tbsp rum

To finish:
Apricot jam, warmed with a little water
1 tbsp sliced almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) for a convection oven, or 350°F (180°C) for a gas oven. Peel the pears, cut them in half, and remove the cores. Pour the water into a large pan and add the vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then add the pears and simmer them for 20 minutes. Leave to cool. You may prepare the pears the day before making the tart, if you like.

2. To make the pastry, cut the butter into small pieces and leave it to soften at room temperature. Sift the flour and salt, place them on the work surface, and make a well in the center. Add the butter and sugar and gently work them together with your fingertips. Add the egg yolk and gradually draw in the flour, adding drops of water as you go. When all of the flour has been incorporated, shape the dough into a ball, but do not overwork it. Wrap the pastry in cling film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using.

3. For the almond cream, whisk the butter and sugar until they are pale, then add the ground almonds. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and finally add the rum.

4. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to a thickness of about 3mm and use it to line a greased 28cm flan tin. Prick the pastry base with a fork, line it with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans, then bake blind for 20 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and put the pastry back into the oven for another 5 minutes or until the base has cooked but not taken on too much colour. Leave the oven on.

5. Spoon the almond cream onto the tart base, then arrange the sliced, drained pears on top, with the pointed ends towards the center. Bake in the preheated oven for at least 20 minutes. When the tart is cooked, warm some apricot jam with a little water and brush it over the surface. Sprinkle the tart with toasted sliced almonds and serve warm.


Pear & Almond Tart
Other Videos You Might Like
Thumbnail image for French Pear & Almond Tart
Ella Caulier, Level 1
Thumbnail image for Vegan Cranberry Sauce
Talya Lutzker, Level 16
Thumbnail image for 50-Year Apple Cake
Emily Luchetti, Level 1
Thumbnail image for Chocolate Chip Cookies
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Watermelon Granita Salad
Alex Ong, Level 1
Thumbnail image for Chocolate Banana Bread
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Strawberry Almond Cake
Maya Adam, Level 7
Thumbnail image for Dessert Reset: Low-Carb
Sue Mah, Level 8
Thumbnail image for New York Cheesecake
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Mini Mochi Cakes
Maya Adam, Level 7
Thumbnail image for Coconut Brownies
Talya Lutzker, Level 16
Thumbnail image for Tangy Lemon Squares
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for How to Make Crepes
Emily Luchetti, Level 1
Thumbnail image for Flourless Chocolate Cake
Stefano Borella, Level 1
Thumbnail image for Buttery Shortbread Cookies
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Pots
Michel Roux Jr., Level 1
Thumbnail image for Chocolate Brownies
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for D'Artagnan Bars
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Almond Butter Cups
Talya Lutzker, Level 16
Thumbnail image for Gluten-Free Ricotta Cake
Maya Adam, Level 7
Thumbnail image for Sugar Cut-Out Cookies
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares
Anna Olson, Level 25
Thumbnail image for Ginger Snap Cookies
Anna Olson, Level 25


Suzie R.
I just wanted to say thank you for your site. I discovered it via Anna Olson, my baking mentor. Finding high quality cooking videos that really teach you about food and techniques is such a challenge and yours are amazing. I can't wait to do some recipe testing and love that it is so easy to email yourself the recipes!
Suzie R.
It's time to do something good for yourself
On-demand videos, on your time
On-demand videos, on your time
Learn from the experts
Learn from the experts
1000s of premium produced and curated videos
1000s of premium produced and curated videos