Hazelnut Pear Tart

Rich hazelnuts and ripe pears blend seamlessly in this delicious  holiday dessert tart.Photos by Rob Hagen and Dan RobertsRich hazelnuts and ripe pears blend seamlessly in this delicious holiday dessert tart.

Alongside your traditional pumpkin pie, our home economists encourage you to slice wedges of this pretty, pleasing pear tart.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped blanched hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 2/3 cup chopped blanched hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2-3/4 pounds pears, peeled, cored and sliced

    How to make it 

  • 1

    In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar. Beat in vanilla, flour and hazelnuts. Press into a greased 11-in. tart pan with removable bottom. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven; reduce heat to 350°.

  • 2

    Spread apricot preserves over crust. In a bowl, combine the hazelnuts, sugar, flour, butter and egg. Spoon over preserves. Arrange pear slices over filling in a concentric circle, slightly overlapping slices.

  • 3

    Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Serves 10-12.

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