Chocolate and  Pear Crostata

Chocolate and Pear Crostata

I’ve got an elegant Chocolate and Pear Crostata for you that is rather easy to put together.

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This crostata is so outrageously good, it will take a lot of restraint not to devour the whole tart. It is made with a pastry crust much like shortbread and with a silky rich chocolate filling. The sweet and juicy Bartlett pears are sliced and fanned out for an elegant appearance which is sure to garner many compliments.

I am a big fan of using fresh local ingredients and it just does not get any more local than my dad’s backyard. His pear tree is just bursting with these juicy fruits ready to be plucked off the tree and just begging to sink one’s teeth into it’s sweet, ripe flesh.

Pear tree

Although you may use a mixer to make the pastry dough, I much preferred my Kitchenaid blender. The dough came together with such ease rendering it soft and pliable, making it very easy to pat down over and around my tart tin.

I tried this crostata once using almonds and another time using walnuts. I must say, my husband and I both prefer the walnuts, but they are easily interchangeable. Whichever nuts you choose, this recipe is a real keeper!

Ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • 1 and 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Chocolate and Pear Filling:

  • 14 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups ground walnuts, lightly roasted
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/2 oz. dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate melted
  • 4 ripe, firm pears
  • icing sugar for dusting
  • a 10 inch tart tin with a removable base

Preheat the oven to 350*F

For the pastry, place the butter and the sugar together in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the egg yolk and blend again until it is thoroughly mixed. Next, add in the flour and pulse intermittently until the dough is smooth and not sticky.

Next you can line the tart tin with the dough by either rolling it out on a lightly floured surface or simply by patting it down in the tart tin while spreading it out with your hands. Chill for 30 minutes.

To make the filling, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, ground walnuts, flour and beat until smooth. Stir in the chocolate. Spoon the mixture over the pastry and smooth it gently with a palette knife.

Peel the pears and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the cores. Slice them horizontally into 1/4 inch slices and fan them out evenly over the filling. I started from the edges and worked my way towards the center. At the center I overlapped the slices in a circular motion creating a rose. But you can really place the pear slices anyway you like!

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Bake the crostata for about 45 minutes or until the walnut mixture is firm and the pastry is golden brown.crostata1

Let the crostata cool and then dust with icing sugar
chocolate pear crostataThis Chocolate and Pear Crostata is a truly fabulous dessert that is meant to be eaten very slowly, savoring every single bite, accompanied by a very good espresso of coarse:)

Yields 8 slices

Adapted from Cafe Italia Cookbook

45 Comments

  1. The photos shake me again! Great great work.

  2. Marisa, this is a work of art! Looks so delicious too!

  3. It looks amazing, Marisa! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wonderful and delicious!!!

  5. it looks amazing, the way to arranged it..I love it ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Odile Morin

    Wow, on my Bucket list for sure!!
    Thank you so much for these beautiful and yummy findings!

  7. Marisa looks so inviting, could eat it through an ipad beautiful arrangement. The best recipes in town!!!!!! God bless your talent and will to share these precious delicious recipes!!!!!!!!!tku xoxoxo

  8. What a fantastic combination. This looks beautiful and delicious! Love your photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Beautiful!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Yet another gorgeous display, Marisa!!

  11. Pears off of Dad’s tree, can’t get fresher than that. This picture is so gorgeous and amazing! I can’t imagine what it must taste like! Yumm Marisa, please do come over for a cup of coffee and bring me a piece… or two!!!

  12. This crostata is gorgeous! Love the chocolate and pear – a brilliant and delicious combo. I can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks for sharing, Marisa!

  13. Wow! That cake looks soooooo delicious! And I love pears with chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Amazing โ˜บ

  15. What a lovely tart. Pears and chocolate are such a good combination.

  16. Came back to look at this again – this is too beautiful to eat!

  17. Marisa ,you are amazing!!!! your pictures look so yummy !!!! I must try!!!! thank-you for sharing.

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