With a Pear Tart to a Business Meeting

My friend Rebecca visited me today to finalize the website that we are working on for her new church Gilead Church Chicago. To me a friend's visit is always a good excuse to mix something up and throw it in the oven to bake. And voila! Today we have a fabulous almond pear tart that works perfectly with a cup of coffee or a latte if you wanna feel fancy. ;)

I adopted the recipe from Donna Hay and twisted it a bit to my liking.


90g butter
90g raw sugar
2 eggs
120g almond meal
40g spelt flour
1 Tbsp finely grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 pears, peeled, cored and halved
1 Tbsp raw sugar
1 tsp minced lime peel
1 tsp ground star anise

Preheat oven to 160Β°C (320Β°F). Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until just combined. Add the eggs, almond meal, flour, baking powder, lemon rind and vanilla extract, and process until just combined. Spoon the mixture into a 9.5cm x 33cm loose-bottom fluted tart tin. Cut the pear halves into tick slices but keep them together. Press the pears into the tart mixture and sprinkle richly with raw sugar, lime peel and star anise. Bake for 35–40 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Let it cool in the tin. And enjoy!!!