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Mom’s Pear Torte

January 23, 2014 / by Liz

Main - Pear Torte

This is one of my go-to recipes, that I’ve made many, many times. The recipe originally came from my Mama – it’s a real winner. Easy to make, and really delicious.


3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup + 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
1 ½ cups flour
8 oz cream cheese (1 block)
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 fresh pears, cut in half, seeds removed, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 oz bitter-sweet chocolate
1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 425F.

In a food processor, combine butter, 1/2 cup of sugar, and flour until a crumbly dough just comes together.
Press mixture into a 10″ tart pan. (Actually, this time around, I used a 7″ round tart pan, and an 8″ square tart pan…. I had to stretch it, but it made enough!). Set aside.

1 - Crust

2 - Crust Mixed

3 - Crust in Pan

Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup of sugar with electric mixer on medium until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Spread mixture over pastry in tart pan.

4 - Filling

5 - Filled Tarts

Fan out sliced pears, and lay on top of cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top. Combine cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar; sprinkle over top.

6 - Halved Pears

7 - Sliced Pears

8 - Fanned Out Pears

9 - Compiled Tortes

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 375 and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until center is set. Allow to cool completely. Remove rim of torte pan. Chill in refrigerator.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave (carefully! 50% power, and 30 second intervals), and then stir in the oil. Transfer to a squeezy bottle, and drizzle over the tortes.

10 - Chocolate Drizzle

Yum yum! And great served with this chocolate frozen yogurt.

Final - Pear Torte

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