top of page
Cardamom, orange, almond and pear tart

Cardamom, orange, almond and pear tart

Prep 40 mins (plus 3-4 hours resting, 1-2 hours cooling)

Cook 1 hour 40 mins

Serves 8

Difficulty 4

Cardamom goes beautifully with so many things, including pears and almonds. Baker’s flour, which is higher in protein than regular flour, adds extra strength and crispness to the sweet pastry here – it’s a seriously good pastry. Serve the tart fresh, with thick pouring cream, or warm with ice-cream.


260g baker’s flour

180g cold butter, diced

70g icing sugar

1 egg yolk


600g caster sugar

Juice and thinly peeled rind of ½ orange

10 cardamom pods, bruised

3 large corella pears, peeled and halved


150g butter

250g almond meal

190g caster sugar

5 eggs

1½ tsp ground cardamom

Finely grated rind of ½ orange

1. For pastry, place flour in a bowl. Rub in butter until the mixture has a sandy texture, with bits of butter still showing, then stir in icing sugar and egg yolk. Tip onto a bench and bring together with the heel of your hand. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).

2. Butter and flour a 22cm, 5cm-high ring mould and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper. (Alternatively, use a deep tart tin.) Knead pastry lightly to soften, then roll out between two pieces of baking paper until 4mm thick. Line tart ring with pastry and trim edges. Patch any holes with trimmings to prevent leaks. Refrigerate to rest (1 hour).

3. For spiced pears, combine sugar, orange peel, cardamom and 500ml water in a wide saucepan over low heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add pears and cover closely with baking paper and a plate to submerge pears Simmer over low heat until pears are tender when pierced with a knife (25-40 mins, depending on ripeness). Remove pears from syrup and set aside to cool, then remove cores. Meanwhile, simmer syrup over medium heat until thick, then stir in orange juice, adding more to taste if desired. Set aside.

4. For frangipane, beat butter in an electric mixer with a paddle until creamed. Add almonds, sugar, eggs, cardamom and rind and beat until smooth. Spoon into pastry case. Place pears on top and press into mixture. Refrigerate to rest (1-2 hours).

5. Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake tart until frangipane is golden and a skewer inserted withdraws clean (1 hour). Cool in tin for at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperate with syrup drizzled over, and cream or ice-cream.



Recipe and image by Eatable.

Subscribe to the Eatable newsletter

Thanks for submitting!

Want more recipes from Eatable?

Buy Eatable the magazine now, in print and digital
pasta02 tile.jpg
bottom of page