Almond and pear tarts

These tarts above became little pear parcels as I didn’t have enough puff pastry. But, hey, don’t they look cute? I also cheated a little with the pears. In red wine pre- cooked and tinned pears were used. ;-0

(The picture is before they went into the oven)

INGREDIENTS (makes 6)

4 sheets frozen butter puff pastry, thawed
2 x 220g firm green pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced on a mandolin
⅓ cup (80ml) maple syrup, plus extra to serve
50g unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
⅔ cup (80g) almond meal
2 tablespoons plain flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200°C. To make the frangipane, place the butter, sugar and vanilla in a small food processor and process for 1–2 minutesor until pale and creamy.
Add the egg yolk, almond meal and flour. Process to combine. Press 2 pastry sheets together to make 1 thick sheet. Repeat with remaining sheets.
Using an 11cm round pastry cutter, cut 6 rounds from the pastry. Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Gently score each round using a 10cm round pastry cutter.
Spread 1½ tablespoons of the frangipane evenly onto each round and top with the pear, overlapping slightly. Brush with maple syrup and cook for 15 minutes.
Brush with maple syrup and cook for a further 5–10 minutes or until puffed and golden. Allow to cool slightly and top with maple syrup to serve. Makes 6.

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