This pear and chocolate tart is absolutely amazing!
Pear and chocolate tart is yet another French classic dessert. Why is it so good? Because pear and chocolate make the best team ever! An indulging chocolate ganache along with juicy pears on top of a pie crust, so simple and yet so delicious!
For the crust
I will be completely honest with you, my favorite thing is to use store bought gluten free puff pastry. Well, of course because it is nice sometimes to get part of the work done for you but also because the puff pastry adds a little "je ne sais quoi" that makes this tart even more delicious. You can, of course, make this recipe with a regular store bought gluten free pie crust if you can't find any gluten free puff pastry. And, finally, the third option is to make your own pie crust. For that, here are the ingredients you will need:
- Tigernut flour : if you have never heard of tigernut flour and are wondering what it is, you will find all your questions answered in this post.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
For the filling
- dark chocolate : be careful to check the ingredients of the dark chocolate. Select dark chocolate according to your own diet restrictions. You can find in store dark chocolate that is clearly labelled vegan and/or paleo to help you make your choice.
- coconut milk : make sure to use additive free coconut milk, which means that it contains only coconut and water.
- pears : the best option is to use fresh ripe pears but if they are not in season or if you can't find any, you can use canned pears (make sure to drain them). Again make sure to check the ingredients on the can before buying them.
- arrowroot: it is a starch. It's paleo compliant. You can replace it with tapioca flour/starch if you don't have any. If you are not on a paleo diet, you can either use corn starch or potato starch.
How to make this
Prepare the store bought crust. Or prepare the homemade crust as follows: mix together all the dry ingredients (tigernut flour, arrowroot, cinnamon and salt) in a large bowl. Then add the olive oil, water and maple syrup and mix until well combined. It should quickly form a dough.
Roll out the dough between 2 parchment papers, using a rolling pin. Remove the top parchment paper and transfer the dough to a 27cm/10.6in diameter pie tin on the other parchment paper and press the dough in the tin.
Whichever pie crust option you choose (homemade or not), prick it with a fork to prevent it from inflating. Then put it for 10 minutes in the oven to precook it.
In the meantime, cut the pears in half, peel them and remove the seeds and core by digging in the pear flesh with a knife (as shown on the picture below).
Then put the chocolate in a saucepan and make it melt with the coconut milk over medium low heat.
Once the chocolate is melted, add the starch and stir. Let it cook for 5 minutes while still stirring.
Spread the chocolate mix over the pie crust. Add the pears on top of the chocolate. Optional: you can cut the pears crosswise to make them more beautiful. Put the pie in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until it gets a nice golden color. And voilà! Let it cool and serve. Bon appétit!