6Bosc Pearspeeled and cored, leaving the stems intact
2tablespoonsVanilla Sugaror 1 tbs vanilla extract
_For French tart_:
3oz.6 tablespoons unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
1tablespoonOilvegetable or canola
5oz.all-purpose Flour1 slightly rounded cup
_For Almond filling_:
6oz.Almond pasteMarzipan works too, but omit the sugar
2teaspoonsSugarif using the almond paste
6tablespoonsButtercubed, room temperature
1large Eggplus one Egg White, room temperature
1teaspoonAmarettoKirschwasser or Rum
3-4drops Almond Extractoptional
Heat the water and honey until honey is dissolved and water is bubbly. Add lemon, vanilla sugar or extract, cinnamon and cloves. Slide in the pears and cover with a round of parchment paper. Simmer on low, turning occasionally until cooked through, 20-30 minutes, depending on the pears. They should be tender but not too tender. Cool pears in syrup. This can be made two days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
In a medium –sized ovenproof bowl, combine the butter, oil, water, sugar, and salt.
Place the bowl in the oven for 15 minutes, until the butter is bubbling and starts to brown just around the edges.
Remove the bowl from the oven using oven mittens (the bowl will be hot and the mixture might sputter a bit), dump in the flour and stir it in quickly, until it comes together and forms a ball which pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Transfer the dough to a tart mold with removable bottom and spread a bit with spatula. Reserve a small piece of dough, about a size of a raspberry, for patching any cracks.
Once the dough is cool enough to handle, pat it into the shell with the heel of your hand, and use your fingers or fork to press it up the sides of the tart mold.
Prick the dough all over with the tines of a fork, then bake the tart shell in the oven for 15 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the dough is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and if there are any sizable cracks, use the bits of reserved dough to fill in and patch them.
Let the shell cool before filling.
Beat the almond paste with the sugar and flour until smooth. The paste might be dry and hard to work with. Microwave it in 10 seconds intervals until soft and pliable. Gradually beat in the butter, until smooth. Add eggs, liquor and almond extract.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the pre-baked tart shell on a baking sheet. Carefully spread the almond filling over the tart shell. Place the pears over the filling. Press the pears slightly into the filling. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
Bake the tart for about 45 minutes, or until the almond filling between the pears has browned.
Cool tart in pan on rack before serving. Push pan bottom up, releasing tart from pan.
Dust with confectioner’s sugar or glaze as desired.