Dessert

ChocolateLove: Chocolate and Pear tart

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Happy February to you all! Can you believe January has come and gone! Thankfully we haven’t had that harsh of a winter yet and I am just itching for spring to get here especially with dishes like the one I am about to share with you. It’s sinful yet light and refreshing! Irresistible!

I am pleased to announce that I joined my friend Reem  from Simply Reem to particpate in a foodblog hop. It is a wonderful group of amazing food bloggers who every month choose an ingredient and make a dish around it.It gets my creative juices flowing and I just love a challenge.Can you guess what this months ingredient is? Yep! Chocolate! You can’t do the month of February without chocolate now can you.

I wanted to do something really different so I thought a nice mix of chocolate and fruit would be perfect. I thought of strawberries but that is classic, then oranges but I’m not a huge orange fan and of course I could do cherries but that’s not fun so I decided to go with dainty little pears. They are light, sweet and seriously perfect paired with chocolate. Now, there are a few chocolate and pear tarts out there in google land but you will find that mine is entirely different. Only in mine do you see the bits of chocolate peaking out from the top. Not until you cute a slice of this heaven do you see the chocolate entirely. I didn’t want the same tart I have seen before so I decided to do a traditional custard with a layer of chocolate on the bottom so as to maintain a fresh feel with the pears and still give you that surprising hint of chocolate bliss.

February is #chocolatelove month!

Please join in on the #chocolatelove by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of February 2012.  Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event! The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove :) .

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If you like this recipe be sure to check out the other #chocolatelove hostesses as well and don’t forget to link up your own chocolate dish below! Happy Valentines!

Chocolate and Pear tart
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pre-made pie crust dough
  • 4 pears, peeled and cut in fourths vertically
  • 6 ounces sweetened dark chocolate and 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp coffee liqueur
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Fit the pie dough to a tart pan or pie tin and pierce the bottom in several dozen places places with the tines of a fork. Cut the chocolate into bite size chunks and place on the bottom of the tart pan. Place the sliced pears on top of the chocolate.
  2. Beat the eggs with the sugar then add in the cream and vanilla, liqueur and zest. Pour over the pears. Sprinkle with a the 2 TBSP of sugar and place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 and bake another 30 minutes or until the top is nice and golden and the custard is set.

80 Comments

  1. Maureen

    That tart is gorgeous! It certainly has me swooning!

    04 . Feb . 2012
  2. Helena / Rico sin Azúcar

    Mmmmmm…. beautiful! I’ve never done a pear tart (I usually use apples), it must taste delicate and smooth.
    Love the cream and chocolate filling!
    ;-D

    04 . Feb . 2012
  3. Erica

    Im always ready for warmer weather!! Pears are fantastic and totally under used im. Yummy. Dessert

    04 . Feb . 2012
  4. Sue/the view from great island

    Wow, I’m in love!

    04 . Feb . 2012
  5. michael

    beautiful, yummy and it has fruit in it! could it get better?

    04 . Feb . 2012
  6. Soni

    Your tart looks absolutely perfect and delicious!Sending you some #Chocolatelove 🙂

    04 . Feb . 2012
  7. Greg

    Oh my just look at that! Perfect!

    04 . Feb . 2012
  8. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

    This looks to die for, I have never heard of this before, pear and chocolate, seriously how weird is that. It sounds perfect.

    04 . Feb . 2012
  9. Shea

    Well you know I’m a chocoholic–look at all these yummy chocolate recipes! I’ve never tried mixing chocolate and pear–it sounds unique and delicious! And it’s so pretty too!

    04 . Feb . 2012
  10. rosita vargas

    Hermosa y deliciosa me encanta luce perfecta y tentadora,abrazos hugs,hugs.

    04 . Feb . 2012
  11. Richgail

    Chocolate and Pears, what a fresh idea! Welcome to the Bloghop group!

    04 . Feb . 2012
  12. EA-The Spicy RD

    What an amazing looking creation, and I love the chocolate surprise at the bottom :-). So glad you joined the # chocolatelove bloghop!

    04 . Feb . 2012
  13. Lora @cakeduchess

    chocolate and pears do belong together. Your tart is so pretty and I would love a slice. perfect for #chocolatelove month:)

    04 . Feb . 2012
  14. Suzanne

    Oh this looks drool worthy! So simple and flavorful too, this is my kind of recipe. Glad to be hosting chocolate love with you. You have a lovely blog 🙂

    04 . Feb . 2012
  15. Samantha

    Yummy! A great combination of fruit and chocolate!

    04 . Feb . 2012
  16. jolyn

    YUM!!! =)

    04 . Feb . 2012
  17. Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    An unexpected combo Jessica, but I can certainly see how well they would pear (ooops, 😉 sorry about that!) What a lovely tart for valentine’s day.

    05 . Feb . 2012
  18. sportsglutton

    I delicious way to start off the month Jessica!

    Hope you enjoy the big game. cheers!

    05 . Feb . 2012
  19. lena

    such a nice suprise to hv the chocolate hidden in the tart! i also like the way that you made the pie thin! prefectly baked!!

    05 . Feb . 2012
  20. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    So perfect to have a layer of chocolate under those luscious pears! Chocolate and fruit are a wonderful combination, and your tart is gorgeous! 🙂

    05 . Feb . 2012
  21. Linda

    Wow.. you came through with an ideal dessert! Pears and chocolate in a delicate tart….beautiful presentation and I can only imagine how good this must taste!! Welcome to bloghop!!

    05 . Feb . 2012
  22. Becky

    This is a gorgeous tart and I love the chocolate pearing;) I’m bookmarking this one. Sending #chooclatlove your way!

    05 . Feb . 2012
  23. foodonfifth.com, Teresa

    Great combo of ingredients. Well done!

    05 . Feb . 2012
  24. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this looks like a must make recipe. I love pears and chocolate. What a wonderful combination.

    05 . Feb . 2012
  25. yummychunklet

    I love chocolate with pears! What a great treat!

    05 . Feb . 2012
  26. bakingaddict

    this looks delicious! love fruit and chocolate. fab co-hosting #chocolatelove with you 🙂

    05 . Feb . 2012
  27. Liz

    SO beautiful!!! I love yummy food that is as gorgeous as it is tasty…yours is both. So glad you’ve joined our group…isn’t this fun?

    05 . Feb . 2012
  28. Vicki Bensinger

    This looks and sounds delicious! Your photo looks good enough to eat! Great recipe, I think pears and chocolate go great together. Thanks for the inspiration.

    05 . Feb . 2012
  29. anthony stemke

    A very lovely tart.

    05 . Feb . 2012
  30. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    What a great combination you created. I so want to have a slice.

    05 . Feb . 2012
  31. Reem | Simply Reem

    Jessica I am so so so Happy that you are hosting the # chocolate love with us….
    Yayyyyy!!!!!! Trust me this is a fabulous fun group and I am sure you”ll enjoy it.

    This tart looks fabulous, I can imagine myself sitting in my patio with this baby….
    Fabulous presentation my friend…
    Love chocolatelove and hosting with you makes it even more fun my friend…

    06 . Feb . 2012
  32. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    What a beautiful recipe!
    🙂 Mandy

    06 . Feb . 2012
  33. Baker Street

    Chocolate and Pear. Mmmmmm. The tart looks lovely. Bookmarking your recipe.

    06 . Feb . 2012
  34. Roz

    Chocolate is a perfect theme for February! Oh, but I’m on board with chocolate at any time of the year! What a great blog hop idea and I’m going to certainly check it out! Thanks for stopping by a moment ago! I’ve been getting back into blogging more despite more responsibilities at work (but that’s a good thing!). Have a super day! Roz

    06 . Feb . 2012
  35. chef_d

    I am totally in love with chocolate, pairing it with pears sounds intriguing!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  36. vianney

    This looks amazing!! A true chocloate lovers dream! thank you for sharing!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  37. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    this chocolate pear tort looks fabulous! wow. schmancy baking here! and i’m sure it tastes divine. 🙂 so glad you joined us for the lovebloghop! sending some #chocolatelove to you!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  38. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Such a wonderful recipe! Chocolate and pear are a fabulous combination. Happy #ChocolateLove Bloghop!!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  39. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I love that you used something more unexpected, like pears! Looks glorious. I really need to get a tart pan so I can start making some pretty things 🙂

    06 . Feb . 2012
  40. Shawn

    Lovely, lovely tart!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  41. Caroline

    Oddly, I can do February without chocolate because I’m the weirdo who doesn’t like it! Really an inconvenience. But this tart looks so incredible!!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  42. Jody Brettkelly

    Choc and pears – how lovely – this little array of desserts has got me going . Off I go down to the store…

    06 . Feb . 2012
  43. Malli

    Pear and chocolate… Yummm the tart looks fabulous with large slices of pear and a lovely crust.I love the idea of blog hopping would like to participate in food events like this:)

    06 . Feb . 2012
  44. Mary

    WHAT a beautiful tart!! really pretty with delicious flavors – a winner!
    Mary x

    06 . Feb . 2012
  45. Three-Cookies

    I don’t think I have ever tried pear and chocolate combination, heard about it and would love to try. Your version with bits of chocolate looks really appealing

    06 . Feb . 2012
  46. Kristin

    Oh my, does that look divine!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  47. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Those recipes look amazing. i am going to start going through them now!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  48. Melynda@MomsSundayCafe

    Perfect ingredient! I will be back to play along!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  49. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    You always make delicious food, savory and sweets. I love chocolate & tart combination in this tart. I’m so happy I can participate dessert blog hop. It’s so rare right? =D

    06 . Feb . 2012
  50. Velva

    Pears and chocolate a delicate and wonderful flavor pairing. I owuld definitely enjoy this dessert…A glass of sparkling wine would be a must with this treat.

    As always, wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

    06 . Feb . 2012
  51. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    Chocolate and pear… such a classic combination! And this tart looks really great… and so neatly done too… mine would have been so messy! Great post 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  52. Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

    Pears and chocolate?! I must try this out! Sounds delightful, glad to see more talented bloggers joining the bloghop! 🙂

    06 . Feb . 2012
  53. Pure Complex

    Now you know I am a chocolate lover lol. So I am all over this recipe. Will I make this? You bet your *** I will LOL

    06 . Feb . 2012
  54. kitchen flavours

    Perfect delicious tart! What a great combination of pears and chocolate! Love it!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  55. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Looks delicious! Chocolate and pear sounds like a lovely combination!

    06 . Feb . 2012
  56. Richa@HobbyandMore

    Love the pear with chocolate.. i am sure the tart tastes heavenly!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  57. Collette Osuna

    Chocolate AND pears? what a great combo!! A food blog hop…how fun!!! Ill make the rounds later after work and check out the other posts:)

    A Lifestyle Blog where Fashion, Décor & Cooking “connect”

    07 . Feb . 2012
  58. daphne

    yum oh yum! Chocolate and pear is a classic- but with pie crust! Great post!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  59. kelli

    You make pears look so delightful. I havent been a fan of pears but chocolate makes everything taste great so I cant wait to give this a try.

    07 . Feb . 2012
  60. gloria

    This pears tart look amazing and delicious, Im following you!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  61. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com}

    Amazing combination of flavors!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  62. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

    What a perfect pairing! 🙂 Fruit and chocolate 🙂 YUMM!

    Dropping by to share some #chocolatelove! Glad to be co-hosting with you!
    Cindy
    (Vegetarian Mamma)

    07 . Feb . 2012
  63. claire

    Hi thanks for the comment on my blog,My internet was crashing this morning and it looks like I linked up wrong ( it’s not chocolate ) sorry ,thanks for keeping it on 🙂 now following :0)

    07 . Feb . 2012
  64. Anna @ hiddenponies

    What a unique combination, this looks delicious!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  65. Jessica | Oh Cake

    This is a fantastic #chocolatelove recipe. Happy to have you on board! I love tarts and the combo of pears and chocolate is irresistible!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  66. Lisa

    I agree, a unique combination of pear and chocolate very creative and delicious. I do like how you have the bits of chocolate peaking out on the top of crust! mmm!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  67. Marnely Rodriguez

    What a fantastic combination, using the seasonal pears! Love this tart!

    07 . Feb . 2012
  68. balvinder ( Neetu)

    I have to scroll back to see where is chocolate hidden. That sounds lovely pear and chocolate in a tart.

    07 . Feb . 2012
  69. Stefanie

    What a wonderful idea! I love how you can see the chocolate. What’s the point of throwing it in dessert if you can’t see it 🙂

    07 . Feb . 2012
  70. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Oh goodness I love, love , love this combination!

    08 . Feb . 2012
  71. Charles

    Hi KitchenBelleicious,

    Thanks for coming by my site earlier – I’m glad I could hop over to yours as a result. I love the look of your tart. Bakeries here in France sometimes sell a chocolate and pear tart, but individually sized, with a half pear plonked in the middle. It looks pretty, but I much prefer your idea of covering the whole of the top with pear because as much as I love chocolate, in a tart, if it’s on its own I can find it a bit cloying so a beautiful slice of pear with each bite really breaks up the flavour a bit! Wonderful 🙂

    08 . Feb . 2012
  72. Allison @ Alli n Son

    Chocolate!!!!!!!! I’m about to reach through my screen to eat this, can you tell?

    What a fun idea for a blog hop. Is there a list of each months ingredient? I’d love to participate.

    08 . Feb . 2012
  73. Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food

    Now that’s my kind of pie! Pears and chocolate together – can’t wait to make this!

    08 . Feb . 2012
  74. Lisa

    Pears and chocolate go toegther like rama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dong. In other words – to.die.for. 🙂 Also, loving your crispy shepherd’s pie..such a great twist topping with thinly sliced potatoes in lieu of mashed!

    08 . Feb . 2012
  75. dudut @mytwistedrecipe

    i am with you on the refreshing yet sinful dish. this one is awesome!

    i would love to have a bite of that one 🙂

    nice meeting you at #chocolatelove

    09 . Feb . 2012
  76. Melanie

    Wow, this looks really lovely. Chocolate and pears do go so well together… thanks for sharing!

    10 . Feb . 2012
  77. Virtually Vegan Mama

    this tart is beautiful love chocolate and fruit…nice!

    #chocolatelove

    Jen

    13 . Feb . 2012
  78. Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}

    Jessica, you did such a wonderful job with this tart. looks amazing!
    I’m so ready fr the spring too, although the winter hasn’t been that bad. can’t quite complain

    15 . Feb . 2012
  79. rebecca

    stunning tart and love the pear idea, great blog came over from Orgasmic chef

    31 . Mar . 2012
  80. Sumayya (@PukkaPaki)

    how yummy, I never tire of pear tart and this has got to be a keeper!

    01 . Apr . 2012

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