French Pear pie (Tarte Bourdaloue)

The tarte Bourdaloue is a pie with pears and almonds; created by a Parisian pastry chef in the nineteenth century. This dessert is a variation of the amandine (almond tart).

French Pear pie (Tarte Bourdaloue)

Almond cream, pears and some almonds: a dessert for real gourmets.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 1 tart


Almond sweet short pastry

  • 120 g softened butter
  • 75 g confectioners sugar
  • 30 g almond powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 egg (beat a little with a fork)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid vanilla (1 packet of vanilla sugar or 1 vanilla bean)
  • 200 g sifted flour

Almond cream

  • 100 g softened butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g almond powder
  • 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • 3 pears


  • 15 g butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon sledding almonds


Almond sweet short pastry

  • Sift flour and powdered sugar into a bowl or on the kitchen table. Add almond powder and the softened butter. Mix with your hands until you get a crumbly mixture.
  • Add egg and liquid vanilla.
  • Mix everything very quickly to form a ball. The dough is now ready.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or freeze if you won't bake it in the next few days.

Almond cream

  • Beat butter and sugar with a mixer. Add eggs, cream and almond powder.

Preparing the pie

  • Preheat the oven to 370F. Roll out the dough between 2 layers of parchment paper.
  • Transfer the dough to a pan, press it down and on the sides of the pan. Cut the excess dough. Poke holes on the entire surface with a fork.
  • Spread the almond cream evenly over the dough.
  • Peel the pears and cut them in half. Remove the seeds. Cut into regular thin slices.
  • Arrange the pear slices nicely. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes until golden brown. Remove pie from oven and cool. You can sprinkle lightly with icing sugar before serving.
Keyword Almond cream, almonds, mycafegourmand, pear pie, pear tart, shortcrust pastry, tarte Bourdaloue
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