Nicola Galloway: Pear & Hazelnut Frangipane Tart

11:20 am on 19 April 2021

This simple crust-less tart is a lovely recipe to have up your sleeve to pull out any time of the year using any selection of seasonal fruit. 

Pear & Hazelnut Frangipane Tart

Pear & Hazelnut Frangipane Tart Photo: Nicola Galloway

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Servings 8 people


  • 1 cup hazelnuts or almonds, or 1 1/4 cups pre-ground nuts*
  • 1/3 cup white flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 80 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 pears, peeled and sliced into thin wedges

*ground hazelnuts, almond meal or almond flour


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Generously grease a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin (or cake tin) or 4 x 10cm tart tins for smaller servings.
  2. If using whole nuts, use a food processor to finely grind then tip into a bowl. Tip: adding 2 tablespoons of the flour quantity to the processor while blending will absorb the oil released by the nuts preventing them from turning to nut butter before they grind into a fine meal.
  3. Wipe out the processor bowl. Add the butter, sugar and honey and blend until creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the vanilla then eggs one at a time blending until thick. Add the ground nuts, remaining flour and baking powder to the processor and pulse 6 times. Scrape down the sides and pulse several more times until just combined. Scoop the batter into the prepared tin and snugly arrange the pear wedges or chosen seasonal fruit on the surface. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the tart resists when lightly pressed. Cool in the tin. Serve warm or cold dolloped with lightly whipped cream.


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