My little expat kitchen_ spiced red-wine poached pear and frangipane tart

This tart definitely falls under the best desserts category for me. Cinnamon roll waffles recipe from scratch It is complex yet familiar and comforting, luxurious yet rustic, rich but not overwhelmingly so, with balance of flavors. Cinnamon roll cake recipe from scratch That is something I seem to say very often when I describe the food I share with you here, simply because that’s one of the most important things for me when it comes to food; a balance of flavors and not one-note dishes that only take you one place. Mini cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch I want my food to take my palate on a journey and this classic tart certainly does that with its various components, flavors and textures.


The pastry is addictively buttery, crispy and crumbly, almost cookie-like, and the full-flavored frangipane filling is sweet, smooth yet slightly grainy from the almonds, with extra nutty notes from the Amaretto liqueur. Cinnamon bun dough recipe bread machine The soft and juicy red wine-poached pears on top, laden with sweet, heady spices and aromatics —cinnamon, cloves, orange, star anise, vanilla, cardamom, ginger— all present and adding layers of flavor to the tart, complement the filling and the pastry in a unique way.

The frangipane tends to caramelize at the sides of the tart as it bakes giving extra flavor to the buttery pastry and the kaymak (thick cream) that’s served on the side gives a rich smoothness to the dessert. Cinnamon roll filling recipe You can certainly use a different kind of thick cream like clotted cream, or even mascarpone or a Chantilly cream.

This extremely aromatic, buttery and almond-y tart with the impressive, burgundy-colored slices of poached pears on top, gets a glossy finish when it’s brushed with the reduced pear poaching liquid, which strongly reminds me of the Greek petimezi (grape-must syrup) but with even more interesting and delicious flavors and aromas from the fruity wine and the aromatics.

I made this tart twice; the first one using the pears the same day that I poached them and the second one a couple of days later. Swedish cinnamon bun recipe uk The sliced pears were kept in the poaching liquid for those two days and as a result they had taken on a deep, rich burgundy color that was particularly beautiful and made a nice contrast with the golden color of the frangipane. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe vanilla pudding You can use the pears whenever you wish, they keep in the fridge well for a week, and both hues have their own way of bringing beauty to the tart. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe bread machine Here, take a look at how the first one looked.

I could post the poached pears recipe all on its own. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe copycat It’s truly magnificent and versatile. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe no yeast You can use them as a separate dessert to serve with ice cream, with mascarpone or chantilly cream, with chocolate ganache, or simply serve them on their own, drizzled with the reduced poaching liquid. Best soft cinnamon roll recipe Speaking of the reduced poaching liquid, it makes a great syrup to drizzle on your yoghurt, sprinkled with some finely chopped pistachios, or you can drizzle it on top of your favorite vanilla pound cake or vanilla ice cream. Soft cinnamon roll recipe It keeps well in the fridge for a couple of months.

Pate sablee is one of two types of French sweet pastry tart crusts. Cinnamon roll icing recipe powdered sugar (The other one is pate sucree which I have used here, here and here). Cinnamon roll icing recipe cream cheese It is made with icing sugar and is used for tarts whose filling needs baking.

Frangipane is a cream or paste made with almonds that can be used as a filling for tarts or cakes. Cinnamon roll icing recipe It pairs beautifully with all sorts of fruits as well as with creme patissiere and creme legere.

You’ll need two of the four poached pears for the tart, so you can use the remaining two for another dessert or served as mentioned above.

This tart is not the easiest one to make if you are a novice. Big batch cinnamon rolls recipe The pastry has to be thin and crispy, the filling has to be rich but not greasy, the poached pears firm yet soft and supple. Big soft cinnamon roll recipe I’m not trying to discourage you from trying it, that would defy the purpose of me writing this blog and sharing recipes, but I want to be honest about what to expect and that there’s technique involved, but, as always, I explain every step in great detail so you need not be intimidated.

4 firm but ripe Conference pears, peeled with a vegetable peeler (weight before peeling them: 800-850 g)

60 g unsalted butter, cut into 2 cm cubes, chilled, plus extra for greasing the tart pan

Kaymak, clotted cream, mascarpone or chantilly cream, to serve

* You can use already ground almonds or you can grind your own. Huge cinnamon roll recipe I always grind my own almonds because they’re fresher and cheaper. Big texas cinnamon roll recipe Use a food processor to grind the almonds finely but being careful not to grind them to the point where they start to release their oils.

Special equipment: sieve, rolling pin, baking paper, baking weights or dried beans, 23 cm flutter tart pan with removable bottom, stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer, pastry brush

Place all the ingredients, except the pears, in a medium saucepan, put over a medium heat and cook, stirring continuously with a spoon until the sugar dissolves. Best cinnamon roll filling recipe Then add the peeled, whole pears and cover them with a cartouche.

Note: Cartouche is a round piece of baking paper with a hole in the center that reduces the evaporation of moisture during cooking the pears while it helps to keep the pears submerged in the liquid. Cinnabon cinnamon roll filling recipe To make a cartouche, follow this method of making a circle of baking paper and just cut a hole in the middle.

Put the lid on the saucepan and turn heat down to low, not too low though, you want the liquid to be gently simmering. Gooey cinnamon roll filling recipe Allow pears to simmer for 30-35 minutes, checking them every 15 minutes and turning them around in order to cook and color evenly. Cinnamon roll frosting recipes It’s important to check the pears because not all pears are the same or have the same ripeness and not all pears cook in the same time. Easy cinnabon cinnamon rolls recipe In the end, the tip of a knife should enter easily the round bottom part of the pear. Cinnamon roll dough recipe bread machine The pears mustn’t be too soft or falling apart, they should absolutely hold but be tender.

When the pears are ready, remove them from the heat and leave them in the liquid until they cool completely. Cinnamon roll filling without butter They will become darker as they cool. Easy cinnamon raisin bread recipe without yeast Then transfer them into a large glass bowl and pour the liquid over them passing it through a sieve and discarding the spices. Easy cinnamon bread recipe without yeast If you are going to use the pears on the same day, leave them aside. Easy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast baking powder If you plan on using them the following day or days, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until read to use.

You can keep the poached pears in the fridge submerged in the liquid for up to a week.

Note: you will use two of the four pears for the tart. Cinnamon bun dough recipe for bread machine Keep the rest in the poaching liquid, covered, in the fridge, for another use.

In a medium-sized bowl, add the flour and butter and rub between your fingertips until you achieve a golden, sand-like texture. Cinnamon roll recipe from scratch It will take 9-10 minutes. Cinnamon bun recipe bread machine Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Best cinnamon roll recipe bread machine Then stir in the icing sugar, add the egg and knead lightly with your hand until it comes together into a smooth yet sticky ball. The perfect cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe The butter should be fully incorporated but you shouldn’t knead too long and work the pastry too much. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe with cream cheese It will be sticky in the end which shouldn’t worry you. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe Don’t fiddle around with it. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe easy Empty it inside a large piece of plastic wrap, shape it roughly into a flat disk, wrap it well and place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Note: You can certainly do this whole process in a food processor rather than by hand if you prefer.

Prepare the tart pan by greasing it well with butter at the base and sides.

Take the pastry dough out of the fridge. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe without powdered sugar Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and place the dough on top. Cinnamon bun topping recipe Dust the top with a little flour and dust your rolling pin with flour as well. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe with powdered sugar Roll the dough out into a 4mm thick round. The best cinnamon roll recipe in the world When rolling it out, take care to lift it up and turn it around so that it doesn’t stick to your work surface. Cinnamon roll recipe using frozen dinner rolls Dust lightly with flour if it’s getting too sticky.

When rolled out and ready, roll it around the rolling pin and lift it over the tart pan. Soft fluffy cinnamon roll recipe Unroll it on top of the tart pan and gently let it fall into the pan. Soft gooey cinnamon roll recipe Carefully and gently, line the pan with the pastry, pushing it into the curved sides of the pan. Easy soft cinnamon roll recipe If it tears, don’t fret; just use the overhanging dough to cover those tears. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe without bread machine Using the back of a knife, cut the excess dough that’s hanging around the edges of the pan.

Place the tart pan in the refrigerator and chill the dough for 15-20 minutes.

Take the tart pan out of the refrigerator and line the bottom and sides of the dough with a large enough piece of baking paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Easy cinnamon roll recipe with biscuits Place the pan on a baking sheet and on the middle rack of the oven and bake the pastry for 20 minutes. Cinnamon roll cake recipe Then remove carefully the baking paper with the beans/pie weights and bake the pastry for a further 4 minutes until dry and a pale golden color.

Remove the tart pan from the oven and off the baking sheet and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl and using n electric hand-held mixer), add the butter and sugar and beat on medium-high speed until light in color and fluffy, for 7-8 minutes. Cinnamon roll cake recipe easy Then add the egg and beat well until incorporated, about 2 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix the ground almonds, cornflour and salt and add them to the butter mixture. Cinnamon roll cake recipe yellow mix Fold them in using a spatula until fully incorporated and finally add the Amaretto and mix it in with the spatula.

Spread the frangipane evenly inside the tart base using a spatula and smooth with the back of a spoon (or a spatula).

Going back to the pears, take two of the pears out of the bowl and cut them in four lengthwise. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pampered chef Remove the cores and stems and slice each quarter in two lengthwise. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pinterest You should end up with a total of 16 pear slices.

Place the tart pan on a baking paper-lined, rimmed baking sheet and place in the middle rack of the oven (still heated to 170°C fan). Cinnamon bun cake recipe on facebook Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the frangipane has puffed up, is set (not wobbly) and it has taken on a golden-brown color. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without butter It will be darker around the edges. Cinnamon roll icing recipe with cream cheese Some butter may leak from the frangipane while baking, that’s okay.

While the tart is baking, prepare the glaze. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without powdered sugar Pour 1? cup of the pear poaching liquid into a small saucepan. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without cream cheese Heat over a medium heat until it has a syrup-like consistency. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe without cream cheese Don’t let it get too thick.

When the tart is ready, remove it from the oven and while still hot, glaze the top using a pastry brush. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe cream cheese Glaze both the frangipane and the pears, being gentle so you don’t break them apart.

Leave to cool, remove carefully from the tart pan and serve cut into slices. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe with yeast Serve with kaymak, clotted cream, mascarpone or chantilly, or serve tart on its own.

The tart keeps well at room temperature, covered, for 1 week and that’s because of the frangipane. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe laura vitale The oils of the almonds in the frangipane help keep it moist and fresh. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without yeast It’s at its best of course the day you bake it and I’d suggest you serve it to your guests on the day, but it’s still delicious the following days. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe easy The pastry base tends to soften a bit after the first day and becomes less crispy and more shortbread-like.

My wife has a nut allergy, do you have any suggestions for a nut free substitution to replace the ground almonds? Got it pinned. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without bread machine Thanks Reply Delete

Hi Ron and sorry for the late reply. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch Hmmm the frangipane has nuts and this tart is a frangipane tart. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe cinnabon I can’t really suggest an alternative. Cinnabon cinnamon roll frosting recipe Perhaps if you try another kind of tart recipe from my blog. Cinnamon bun icing recipe without cream cheese You can find several through my recipe index. Cinnamon roll icing cream cheese Delete

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