On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree…

We don’t have a partridge or a pear tree, but we can give you the recipe for the most delicious Pear And Almond Tart! Whip this up for the festive season and you’ll have family and friends singing your praises!

Ingredients For Filling

Almond essence
50g caster sugar
1 fresh egg
1 tin pear halves (410g) drained
50g butter
2 tbsp milk
50g plain flour
50g ground almonds

Ingredients For The Pastry

1 fresh egg
175g butter
250g plain flour
50g ground almonds
25g icing sugar
Water

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
Grease a 24cm round tin, preferably loose bottomed.
Make pastry by sieving the flour and icing sugar into a bowl, mix in the ground almonds.
Rub in the margarine and bind together with the egg and a little cold water to make the pastry.
Lightly knead, cover and allow to chill.
Next make the filling by creaming the margarine and sugar together.
Beat in the egg.
Stir in the flour, ground almonds, milk and essence.
Roll out the pastry and line the tin.
Spread filling evenly over the pastry.
Arrange the pear halves, with the rounded side facing up, on top of the filling.
Bake for about 35 minutes, until risen and golden brown.
Leave in the tin to cool for about 10 minutes.
Remove from tin and serve luke warm with cream or ice cream.

Let us know how yours turns out and who you choose to share it with!

Pear and almond tart recipe from Makweti Safari Lodge