Pear and Almond Tart

Every so often I need to take a few moments to remember what I am most grateful for in my life. It is a way of putting things in perspective when things are not so perfect. When life gets crazy and stressful, I like to close my eyes and think of simple pleasures that make me happy.

Here is a list of 10 simple things that make me smile as I think of them:

  1. Great coffee when I wake up on a Sunday morning
  2. Picnics by the beach
  3. Dark chocolate and a glass of port
  4. Strawberries
  5. Sunny days with the sunroof open
  6. Fresh heirloom tomatoes
  7. My 15 month old grandson when he drops everything to do a little dance along with the music on Sesame Street
  8. Fuzzy slippers
  9. Reading a great cookbook
  10. French Pastries

What does your simple pleasure list look like?

I have been a fan of Donna Hay’s magazines and cookbooks for decades, so being able to share this recipe is a pleasure. The cake is dense and full of rich almond flavour which is complimented well by the honey glazed pears. I like to serve it with a dollop of whipped cream.

Pear and Almond Tart

Makes 6 servings


6 tbsp. butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
¼ cup sifted all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. finely grated lemon rind
3 small pears, peeled, cored and halved
¼ cup honey, for brushing


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until just combined.

Add the eggs, vanilla, almond meal, flour, baking powder and lemon rind and process until just combined. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 9 inch round loose bottom fluted tart pan. Press the pear halves into the tart mixture, cut side down and bake for 35-40 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Brush the pears with honey and allow tart to cool in the pan. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

Serve alone or with whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from Donna Hay Magazine


6 thoughts on “Pear and Almond Tart

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your simple pleasures Marina. I love to hear what makes other people happy and to see them take a moment to remember.
    Have a great day!


  2. This tart looks beautiful – I am passing the recipe to my hubby. Donna Hay is huge in Australia, of course, but she was a huge inspiration when I worked on the project team of a very large circulating magazine a few years back. I saw her at the culinary institute in Toronto back then and she is so loved! Your simple pleasures list sounds glorious – especially 1 through 10. ALL of them! #7 makes me want to see my nephews who I have missed seeing grow up but their photos ALWAYS make me smile. My simple pleasures, since you asked :), would be – watching the ocean waves crash by the shore, good coffee, my wonderful husband, yoga, seeing a photo of my nephews, smelling fragrant roses or any flower really, sunny days (I second that), hearing some good news from family and friends, hugs, and cheese with wine 🙂 Thanks for making me stop to think about those. That felt good! GREAT post!

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