pear frangipane tart
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A Sweet Pairing Recipe for Pear Frangipane Tart

Today’s recipe is a combination of one of my recipes, and one by my friend Inger, who writes The Art of Natural Living. She posted a pear frangipane tart sometime before Christmas and I had been tasked with finding a Christmas dessert to go with a 1999 Château d’Yquem Sauternes …

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Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe
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Just Try to Resist this Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe

I love this tart, it might seem daunting but I’ve broken it down into three parts so open a bottle of rosé and have fun with it. You’ll be really happy with the results, I promise! I’ve made the pastry, but feel free to buy it, there are some amazing …

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Fall Plating for Chocolate Pear Tarts
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Chocolate and Pear Tarts a Fall Dessert

This chocolate and pear tart is a perfect dessert for autumn. Chocolate and pears are a magnificent marriage of flavour and texture. Also for this dessert, I created a leaf design with raspberry coulis and caramel on a white plate (using squeeze bottles) and then blended the colours with a …

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Make French Fruit Tarts Seasonal Recipe Variations
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How to Make French Fruit Tarts Seasonal Recipe Variations

One of my favourite desserts is seasonal fruit tarts (tartes aux fruits). These tarts also make nice afternoon treats. So, I make them all year with local, in-season produce. In California, you find puff pastry sheets at most grocery stores (Ralphs, Gelson’s) and at French supermarkets like Carrefour or Intermarché. …

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Figs Chocolate Delicious Tart White chocolate tart, red fruits & fresh figs from the garden Tarte chocolat blanc, fruits rouge s & figues fraîches du jardin
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Figs and Chocolate Make a Delicious Tart

Almost indescribable, the scent of a fig tree full of almost ripe fruit is a fragrance that is both sweet and earthy, it’s summer in Provence. The scent is distinctive, almost arresting in the open air, however, in a closed space can be overwhelming. And, you can eat too many! …

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Banana Tarte Tatin with Gold Sparkle
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Banana Tarte Tatin a Variation on the Classic

The origin of the Apple Tarte Tatin aux Pommes is rooted in France’s Loire Valley in the small town of Lamotte-Beuvron. Born out of an unintended mistake in the kitchen, this tarte is the sweet result. At the time, the two Tatin sisters, Stéphanie and Caroline, owned and operated the …

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Warm Chocolate Tart Dessert
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A Warm Chocolate Tart for Dessert

This past weekend I made my favourite dessert of all time; a seductively simple warm chocolate tart that I first encountered at Joel Robuchon’s restaurant in Paris many years ago. It is a rich and decadent dessert, with a silky-smooth custard-like chocolate filling that truly has no peers. The first …

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Pear Custard Pie
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Pear Custard Pie Easy Desserts

The inspiration for this Pear Custard Pie comes from my friend Ingrid and her blog the Art of Living Naturally. The dessert is easy to prepare and looks beautiful when it’s cooked.

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Appetizer Tomato Olive Tarts Shells
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Appetizer Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Tarts

This appetizer, a Provence Gourmet recipe for tomato, olive and goat cheese tarts, is delicious. We prepared the tarts for a starter course during one of Gilles Conchy’s cooking classes. If you are looking for hands-on, fun classes in Provence, then look no further. Gilles puts you to work preparing …

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Meyer Lemon Pie
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Meyer Lemon Pie a Slice of Sunshine

It’s my observation that people who enjoy cooking are split between folks who like baking and those who prefer not to deal with desserts. Within the baker category, it gets even more complicated, with those who don’t like baking pies. I love making pies, and this Meyer Lemon pie, I …

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