11 November 2012

Last weekend, my mother invited some friends over, so naturally this called for a lot of food. She made an amazing range of pasta dishes, but since this isn't a cooking blog, I'll skip that part. On to the desserts! I made three fruit-based desserts, which I will show you guys each in a separate post. Today I'll start with the crowd pleaser: an almond-pear flan.


This pie is super easy to make, but looks and tastes great. My mothers friends immediately asked for the recipe, which is probably the best compliment a cook or a baker, in my case, can get.

The preparation of the dough takes some time, but you could easily skip that part and use store-bought dough. It won't be as delicious though :)

What you'll need for one pie (serves 8 people):


Instructions for the dough

1. Grease a shallow springform-pan (∅ 24 cm).
2. Take a large mixing bowl and sieve the flour above it. With your fingers, rub the butter into the flour.
3. Add sugar and mix.
4. Add the egg yolks and mix until well combined.
5. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it into foil and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes
6. Preheat the oven to 180°.
7. After 30 minutes, take out of the fridge. Put the dough in between two sheets of baking paper and roll the dough out. Cover the springform-pan with the rolled out dough. Cut off excess dough.
8. Poke small holes in the dough with a fork. 
9. Put another sheet of baking paper over the dough, and add a pie weight or rice or beans, whatever suits you. Prebake the crust for 10 minutes.
10. Remove the baking sheet and pie weight/rice/beans and bake the crust for another 10 minutes.
11. Let it cool down.

Instructions for the filling

1. Mix the butter and sugar together until combined. 
2. Add the eggs and mix.
3. Add the almond flour and regular flour and mix together.
4. Pour the filling into the crust.
5. Tip: you might need to make more filling according to the height of you springform-pan. The easiest way to do this is by dividing the ingredients by three: 1/2 tablespoon flour, 41 g almond flour, 55 g butter, 50 g sugar and 1 egg. You can do this as many times as needed, just make sure the filling almost reaches the edge of the crust. 
6. Peel the pears, cut them in half and remove the cores. Cut them into half moon shapes and put them onto the filling. Arrange them in a cross shape like I did, or cover the whole filling if you like a lot of pear.
7. Put into the oven and bake for 50 minutes.
8. Let it cool down and put the pie in the fridge two hours before serving.

recipe adapted from the book 'Lekker Hartig', with slight alterations

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