Pear Tart

A "wow" dessert that will remind your guests of the light taste of fine French pastry.



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Ingredients
    POACHED PEARS
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      2   cups 
      water
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      1/2  cup 
      unsweetened apple juice
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      2/3  cup 
      Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag
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      4   strips 
      lemon zest
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      2   tablespoons 
      fresh lemon juice
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      1   
      cinnamon stick
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      1/2  
      vanilla bean, seeds removed and set aside
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      1/2  teaspoon 
      whole black peppercorns
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      3   
      whole cloves
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      1/8  teaspoon 
      salt
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      4   
      Bartlett or Bosc pears (about 2 pounds), peeled, halved lengthwise and cored
    TART SHELL
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      8   sheets 
      (12x17) packaged prepared Phyllo dough
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      Canola oil
    FILLING AND TOPPING
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      3/4  cup 
      blanched slivered almonds
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      1/4  cup 
      Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag
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      1/2  teaspoon 
      cinnamon
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      Dash salt
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      1   
      egg, beaten
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      1/2  teaspoon 
      almond extract
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      1/2  teaspoon 
      vanilla extract
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      4   tablespoon (1/2 stick) 
      unsalted butter, softened
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      1/2  cup 
      poached pear liquid, strained
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      1 1/2  teaspoons 
      cornstarch

    Directions
    1.
    In medium saucepan bring water, apple juice, Stevia In The Raw, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean along with seeds, peppercorns, cloves, and salt to a boil. Add pear halves, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20-25 minutes or until pears are fork tender. Remove from heat and cool for about 1 hour in poaching liquid.
    2.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    3.
    Prepare tart shell. Lightly oil an 8" x 11" oblong metal tart pan with a removable bottom. Keeping phyllo sheets moist with a damp cloth carefully arrange 8 sheets in tart pan -- brushing each with canola oil before layering.
    4.
    Trim edges and prick sides and bottom of shell with a fork before baking at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on rack.
    5.
    To make filling add almonds, Stevia In The Raw, cinnamon and salt to a food processor and process until mixture is a finely chopped powder. Add egg, extracts and butter, and process until a paste.
    6.
    Spread almond mixture in bottom of baked tart shell.
    7.
    Remove pears from poaching liquid; pat dry and cut halves into 1/4 slices on angle. Arrange pear slices staggered in 3 rows.
    8.
    Reduce oven to 350 degrees F and bake tart for about 45 minutes on baking sheet or until almond mixture puffs. It may be necessary to shield crust edges with aluminum foil to prevent burning. Let cool completely.
    9.
    Prepare glaze topping by combining 1/2 cup strained pear liquid with cornstarch in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove and drizzle glaze over pear slices.
    Note:

    1.
    Poached pears may be made a day ahead.
    Nutrition information
    Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 100, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 20, carb. (g) 8, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 2, sodium (mg) 95, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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