Pear & Almond “Bourdaloue” Tart | GF

Pear & Almond “Bourdaloue” Tart | GF

This pear and almond tart is a French classic that I turned into a vegan and gluten free dessert. The creator was established in the “Bourdaloue” street, in Paris, which gave its name to the tart.

gluten free and vegan tart crust

This is the easiest tart crust recipe in the world! You just have to combine all the ingredients together, using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or simply a bowl with a rubber spatula.

Press it down evenly, with your hands, in your cake ring (there is no need to grease it), placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven (325°F/160°C) for 20 minutes. Allow to cool down.

It’s better to use a cake ring (Ø 6-6.5 inches/16 cm), as the crust is pretty crumbly, and might make it difficult to unmold if using a traditional pie pan.

I tested this recipe with three different gluten free flour blends, and they all worked great : All Purpose Gogo Quinoa Flour ; Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour ; and my own mix which is made of brown rice flour, xanthan gum, psyllium husk powder, potato starch, and tapioca flour.

For the margarine, my go-to is the Plant-Based Unsalted Becel. You can also use vegan butter, but you’ll have to bring it to room temperature to soften.

vegan almond cream

The almond cream is as easy as the crust is: mix everything together, and spread on the tart crust, leaving the edges (a few millimeters) empty.

I tested this recipe with both rice and buckwheat flour. You could also probably use other kind of gluten free flours, such as corn or oat.

Take your almond butter out of the fridge an hour before making the almond cream so that it has the time to soften.

I prefer to use almond milk, to intensify the almond taste. However, you can use any type of plant-based milk in this recipe. If using a sweetened one, remove some of the maple syrup from the recipe.

Rum is optional. If you choose to skip it, replace it with vanilla paste, orange blossom water or almond extract.

Pear and almond tart

Garnishing a pear and almond tart

Drain the pear halves, and cut them in thin slices – you can also leave the halves uncut. Place them nicely on the almond cream, and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake for 40 minutes.

Prepare the rum syrup by bringing the water and sugar to a boil, until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pot from the stove, and stir the rum in.

When the tart is baked, brush it with the syrup, and allow to cool down before dusting with powdered sugar.

Serving and storing

You can serve this pear and almond tart with a chocolate/caramel sauce, a scoop of ice cream, or a vanilla custard.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer.

Some variations

Dark chocolate and pear is always a great pairing: mix up some semi-sweet dark chocolate chips in the almond cream.

Instead of poached pears, use other fruits, such as raspberries, blueberries or apricots. You can also flavor the almond cream by adding some matcha powder or pistachio paste in it.

slice of pear and almond tart with the rest of the tart in the background

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Pear and almond tart

Pear & Almond Tart | Vegan, GF

Tart crust topped with an almond cream and poached pears.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 5 people
Calories 426 kcal

Equipment

  • Ø 6-6.5 inches/16 cm cake ring

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 1 cup gluten free flour mix (125 g) – see notes
  • 3 ½ tbsp powdered sugar (28 g)
  • ¼ cup + 3 tbsp margarine (105 g)
  • pinch of salt

Almond Cream

  • 1 tbsp almond butter – room temperature (17 g)
  • ½ cup almond flour (52 g)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (38 ml)
  • 2 ½ tbsp almond milk (35 ml)
  • 1 heaping tbsp rice or buckwheat flour (10 g)
  • ½ tbsp rum (7 ml) – optional, see notes

Toppings

  • 1 can (398 ml) poached pear halves
  • sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar

Rum Syrup (optional)

  • ¼ cup sugar (50 g)
  • 3 tbsp + 1 tsp water (50 ml)
  • ½ tbsp rum (7 ml)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F/160°C, and place the cake ring on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the crust, until combined, using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or simply a bowl with a rubber spatula.
    Press it down evenly with your hands into the cake ring, and bake for 20 minutes.
    Allow to cool down.
  • Once the crust is baked, prepare the almond cream by combining all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread evenly on top of the crust, without going all the way to the edges.
  • Drain the pear halves and slice them thinly (you can also leave them uncut).
    Place them onto the almond cream, and sprinkle the tart with sliced almonds.
    Bake for 40 minutes at 325°F/160°C.
  • While the tart is baking, make the rum syrup: bring the water and the sugar to a boil in a small pot. When the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from the stove, and add the rum.
  • Brush the tart with the syrup, remove the ring, and allow to cool down.
  • Dust with powdered sugar right before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer.

Notes

  • It’s better to use a cake ring (Ø 6-6.5 inches/16 cm), as the crust is pretty crumbly, and might make it difficult to unmold if using a traditional pie pan.
  • I tested the crust with three different gluten free flour blends, and they all worked great : All Purpose Gogo Quinoa Flour ; Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour ; and my own mix which is made of brown rice flour, xanthan gum, psyllium husk, potato starch, and tapioca flour.
  • For the margarine, my go-to is the Plant-Based Unsalted Becel. You can also use vegan butter, but you’ll have to bring it to room temperature to soften.
  • I tested the almond cream with both rice and buckwheat flour. You could also probably use other kind of gluten free flour, such as corn or oat.
  • Take your almond butter out of the fridge an hour before making the almond cream so that it has the time to soften.
  • I prefer to use almond milk, to intensify the almond taste. However, you can use any type of plant-based milk in this recipe. If using a sweetened one, remove some of the maple syrup from the recipe.
  • Rum is optional, if you choose to skip it, replace it with vanilla paste, orange blossom water, or almond extract.
  • You can serve this tart with a chocolate/caramel sauce, a scoop of ice cream, or a vanilla custard.
  • Some variations: mix up some semi-sweet dark chocolate chips in the almond cream ; use other fruits, such as raspberries, blueberries or apricots ; add some matcha powder or pistachio paste in the almond cream.
  • Calories are per one serving (total calories for this recipe: 2130).
Keyword almond pear tart, bourdaloue

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