PEAR, PLUM AND ALMOND TART
Prep time 30 mins Cooking time 45 mins Serves 10-12 90g caster sugar 120g finely ground almonds 120g butter 2 large eggs, beaten 1 prepared shortcrust tart crust, baked in a 24cm tin 3 ripe pears, peeled, halved and boiled in sugar syrup (180g sugar and 600ml water) or 1 can pears, drained 3 ripe plums, halved and pips removed 50g flaked almonds Icing sugar, for garnish Preheat the oven to 160ºC. Place the caster sugar, ground almonds, butter and eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk well. Pour the mixture in the prepared tart crust and spread evenly. Place the pear and plum halves with the sliced side down on top of the tart. Sprinkle flaked almonds over. Bake for about 45 mins or until the filling has set. Cool, then sift the icing sugar over and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.