Pear Chocolate Amandine

Good thing I love blogging because it can be a lot of pressure. Pressure of time, creativity and pressure to always make new dishes. I have some favorite recipes on this blog and sometimes I just want to remake them but feel that I have to make something new for the sake of the blog. But you know what, I always end up with a feeling of satisfaction after stepping out of my comfort zone and creating something new. Marriage, friendships, parenting, jobs and most things we’re passionate about in life all come with a certain degree of pressure, don’t they?

When I saw pears in the market the other day, all I wanted to do was remake this galette. After all, it was very tasty and many people who made it told me they loved it too. I wanted to make my old favorite but also wanted something new to share with you. With limited resources of time and energy I had to make a choice and as always I went for the second option. That option was this decadent pear chocolate amandine.

I’m so glad I went for it.



Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 MIN


3 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup muscovado sugar
3 eggs, preferably at room temp.
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup almond meal
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 medium Bosc pears, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch slices

For the glaze
2 tablespoons warm honey


Butter an 8-inch non-stick tart pan. Place the baking rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large glass bowl in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes, at 30-second intervals.

Briskly whisk in the sugar, eggs and almond extract.

Whisk in the almond meal and baking powder until the batter is smooth.

Transfer the batter into the prepared pan. Fan out the pear slices on top.

Bake until set, for 20 minutes. Brush the pears with the warm honey glaze.

Let cool.



7 Responses to “Pear Chocolate Amandine”

  1. 1

    Christine — 10/31/2012 @ 11:54 pm

    I’m glad you went with the new idea too. This looks fabulous!

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    Mimi — 11/01/2012 @ 9:40 am

    Such an elegant dish! Everything about it is exquisite. Thanks to Christine from Christine Cooks for posting a link to this blog. I will return for inspiration and enlightenment, you can count on it!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 4th, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

      Mimi, glad you’re enjoying.

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    Dana — 11/01/2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Gorgeous! If only there was a way to get around the almonds….

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    Lucy — 11/04/2012 @ 6:23 am

    This looks wonderful – such pretty presentation! I love the combination of chocolate and pears, delicious.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 4th, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

      Thanks, Lucy. Can’t go wrong with pears and chocolate…

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    Ilke — 11/04/2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Looks beautiful. I feel the same way, I want to go back and perfect some recipes but feel like I need something new every week. Lately , I have a cooking bootcamp weekends where I make several new recipes for the blog and take a break from cooking for 2-3 weeks and just repeat my old ones without feeling the pressure to write or photograph it. It just does not happen that often!

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