chocolate, almond + pear tart {gluten-free}

by Amy on 17 November 2011

as many of you are working on your thanksgiving day menus, i thought now was the perfect time to share this wonderful dessert that i made a few weeks ago. when i first saw the recipe, i realized that i’d never tried pears + chocolate together, at least not any time recently, + was intrigued by how the flavors would work together. thinking about it, i realized that they could be an interesting, tasty combination, plus the recipe had received very positive reviews, so i decided to give it a try.

let me say, i’m so glad i did. the pears work amazingly well with the chocolate + almond body of the tart, which is rich, perfectly textured, + delicious. also, this tart turned out absolutely beautiful, which for me is a major plus for a thanksgiving dessert. in many families, the thanksgiving desserts sit out on prominently on a dessert table for everyone to admire before diggin’ in, + this tart would definitely be one of the stars of the table with its gorgeous crimped edges, deep chocolate color, + delicate sliced pears. so, if you’re looking for a new dessert to try for your thanksgiving this year, think about trying out this chocolate + pear tart. i loved it, + i’m sure you + your family will, too!

chocolate pear tart

makes 8 servings, adapted from martha stewart


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 cup whole blanched almonds
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 firm, ripe bartlett pears
1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons apple jelly


preheat oven to 350 degrees. brush a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan with butter; set aside.

in a food processor, combine almonds + sugar; process until very finely ground. add butter, eggs, cocoa, vanilla, salt, + almond extract, if using; process until combined. spread mixture evenly in prepared pan.

peel, halve, + core pears; cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rubbing them with lemon as you work (to prevent discoloration). arrange slices on chocolate mixture, slightly overlapping, without pressing in.

place pan on a baking sheet; bake until top is puffed and a toothpick inserted in center of chocolate mixture comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 45 – 50 minutes. cool completely in pan.

briefly heat jelly in the microwave or on the stove until liquefied. gently brush pears with jelly; let set, at least 20 minutes. remove tart from pan, + serve.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 EA-The Spicy RD November 17, 2011 at 9:00 am

So glad you shared this Amy-gorgeous tart! I love that it is already naturally gluten free too.nCan’t wait to try it out!

2 amy November 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

i hadn’t noticed it was gluten-free — thank you so much for pointing that out! i think i’m going to add a gluten-free category to my website + start trying to add to it for my fabulous gluten-free readers like you. =)

3 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl November 17, 2011 at 9:03 am

You are right–this is just gorgeous! And yes, at our family holidays, the pies and goodies all sit out on display (probably just to tempt and tease all of the little ones who would rather eat dessert first–myself included, ha!). I love pears and chocolate together; I can’t wait to try this out!

4 amy November 17, 2011 at 9:13 am

i love the holiday dessert table + getting to see all the awesome stuff people made. it does lay a little pressure on to make something pretty, so thankfully this fits the bill. =) if you like chocolate + pears together, i think you’ll love this!

5 Jessica @ Cajunlicious November 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

Amy so glad you shared this, great for both upcoming holidays :)

6 amy November 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

thanks, jessica! it definitely screamed ‘holiday!’ to me when i saw the recipe. unfortunately, i was too impatient to wait so i tried it out a few weeks early. =)

7 Renee November 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I love pears and chocolate. Like you I had never thought of them being together. I’ll have to put this on my to-try list. I am always looking for pies and tarts as one of my family members prefers pies/tarts over cakes.

8 amy November 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm

you should definitely give this a try, then! i was really pleased with the outcome, both in the way it tasted, + in its pretty appearance. i actually usually prefer pies/tarts over cakes, too, so i totally understand how your family member feels. =)

9 Eileen November 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

oh my goodness, how pretty! you are right that this would look so pretty on a thanksgiving or christmas dessert table. i’m pinning it to make for a christmas dessert!

10 amy November 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

you’ll have to let me know how it turns out! =)

11 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} November 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

This looks lovely! I’ve never thought of using pears and chocolate before. What a great flavor combo! Since it has chocolate, I think I might even be able to get my husband to eat it! :)

12 amy November 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

thanks, BreAna! the chocolate definitely is the dominant flavor in the tart with the pears as just a lovely little side flavor. i bet you could convince your hubby to try it. =)

13 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee November 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

Looks fabulous. I love pears + chocolate. I also like that it is gluten free. I’m trying to stay away from wheat and dairy right now. this would be a wonderful option:)

14 amy November 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

i had no idea it was gluten-free ’til my awesome reader EA pointed it out to me. i love that, because i know tons of people are g.f. these days + it can satisfy them while still being delicious to the non-g.f. people, too!

15 Ally Garner November 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Lawd have mercy that looks divine. I love the perfectly placed pears on your beautiful tart. And I’m intrigued by the apple jelly on the pears. That sounds brilliant. I’ve never rubbed fruit with lemons, but I’m gonna try that tip. I’ve sprinkled them with lemon juice, but that never seems to be effective. And letting them soak in pineapple juice seems to alter the flavor. Thanks for sharing that great tip Amy :)

16 amy November 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

thank you so much! i can attest that the lemons definitely did the trick – the pears didn’t discolor at all, which was nice! i’m definitely going to use that tip in the future for apples + other fruits that discolor, too. hope the lemon trick works for you, too. =)

17 Julie at Burnt Carrots November 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

OH!!! I’ve never put pears with chocolate either. This looks fantastic! We will be adding it to our Thanksgiving menu. Thanks!

18 amy November 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

awesome! i actually froze half of it when i made it + i’ll thaw it out so we’ll have some on thanksgiving, too. =) hope it turns out fabulously for you!

19 easyfoodsmith November 22, 2011 at 3:53 am

The tart is looking gorgeous and those flavours are lovely.

20 amy November 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

thank you so much! i thought it turned out very pretty, too. =)

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