Pear & Almond Frangipane Tart with Lime Syrup 1
5.0 from 2 votes

A delicious autumn fruit frangipane tart with almonds topped with a lime syrup. A great way to try something different with lots of taste.

Many types of pears are in season right now in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, as autumn reaches its final few weeks.

With the wood-fired oven burning every night, it’s just too tempting not to bake, so I turn to low cholesterol alternatives to butter.

The pastry in this tart is made with fat-free yoghurt and extra virgin olive oil. Topped with the goodness of Corella pears and almonds, the filling uses free range whole egg and is flavoured with vanilla bean paste and a splash of Amaretto liqueur.

Corella pears

Corella pears are named after the colourful Australian Corella parrot.

These pears are great eaten raw and in salads. They are also perfect for decorative slicing onto tarts, as they hold their shape well even when ripe.

Amaretto liqueur is almond flavoured, so it enhances the flaked almonds topping this tart. A lime syrup glaze creates a tangy burst and glossy finish.

Pear & Almond Frangipane Tart served
Pear & Almond Frangipane Tart with Lime Syrup

Pear & Almond Frangipane Tart with Lime Syrup

Recipe by Lisa Romano
5.0 from 2 votes

A delicious autumn fruit frangipane tart with almonds topped with a lime syrup. A great way to try something different with lots of taste.

Course: DessertDifficulty: Medium


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Cooking time






  • For the pastry
  • 1 cup plain flour

  • 1/2 cup self raising flour

  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup fat free strained plain Greek-style yoghurt

  • 1/4 cup olive oil, a little extra if dough is too dry

  • For the frangipane
  • 1 tbsp plain flour

  • 50 g almond meal

  • 50 g reduced fat unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 50 g raw caster sugar

  • 1 large free range egg, beaten, room temperature

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

  • 1 tbsp Amaretto liqueur

  • For topping
  • 2 Corella pears, peeled, quartered, cored, sliced into fan shapes

  • 1 tbsp raw sugar, to sprinkle

  • 1/4 cup flaked almonds

  • Juice of 1 medium lime, for syrup

  • 2 tbsp raw sugar, for syrup


  • Make the pastry
  • Sift together all dry ingredients into a large wide bowl.
  • Make a well in centre and place wet ingredients. Mix wet ingredients well and then fold gently into dry ingredients, until dough comes away from sides of bowl.
  • Turn onto floured surface and knead lightly into a ball. Flatten to a disc, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out dough to 3-4mm thick and use it to line a greased 24cm fluted tart tin with removable base. If desired, roll up any unused pastry, wrap in cling film and freeze for later use.
  • Prick dough base all over with a fork. Preheat oven to 200C and bake for 5-8 minutes.
  • Make the frangipane
  • Mix flour and almond meal together. In a separate bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Lightly whisk in beaten egg gradually, then blend in vanilla bean paste and Amaretto liqueur.
  • Spread frangipane evenly mixture over tart base and place pear fans and almonds on top (see photo). Sprinkle pear lightly with raw sugar.Place almonds in the centre
  • Bake in centre of preheated oven at 180C for 30-35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown, frangipane has risen and almonds are toasted light brown.
  • Make the lime syrup
  • In a 12cm stainless steel saucepan with a heavy base, place strained lime juice and raw sugar.
  • Melt sugar over a low heat, stirring gently. Increase heat and bring to a rolling boil. Using a wet wooden spoon, gently swipe sides of pan all round, to prevent crystals forming; boil without stirring until large glassy bubbles form. Remove from heat and pour over pears and frangipane, avoiding the almonds.Boil the lime and sugar syrup
  • Allow the syrup to set before turning the tart out.
  • Slice so each serve has a fan of pear.
  • Serve at room temperature, with a light dusting of icing sugar on the almonds, or a spoon of vanilla yoghurt on the side, with a sprig of mint.
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  1. Catherine Kelly says:

    Would like more of your recipes

    1. Lisa Romano says:

      Thank you Catherine – I am contributing a new recipe each month, and really enjoying being part of the baldhiker community.

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