Dear SOS: I think the pear tart with almond cream at Nicole's in South Pasadena is the best dessert I have ever eaten. Unfortunately, they do not make it very often. Getting the recipe would vastly improve my life. Can you help?
Thank you so much,
Dear Ina: Nicole's was happy to share their version of this classic French pear and almond cream tart.
Total time: About 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling time
Servings: 12 to 16
Note: Adapted from Nicole's Gourmet Foods in South Pasadena
1 2/3 cup (7.1 ounces) flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled butter, cut into one-half-inch cubes
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons ice water
1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers.