La Dolce Vita: Pear tart pie

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Still looking for the perfect dinner dessert that says ‘Merry Christmas’? Try the pear tart pie, created locally at La Dolce Vita in Roanoke.

La Dolce Vita Chef Laura Wilson demonstrated how to make the Frangipani Pear Tart.


1 Pie crust

Almond Filling:

8 oz almond paste (in Kroger baking aisle and Fresh Market)

8 oz Sugar

4 oz Butter

2 oz Cake flour

2 oz eggs (about 2 large eggs not extra large)


With paddle attachment, mix almond paste and sugar at low speed until incorporated.  Add the butter and flour until smooth. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth.

Spread this over the unbaked tart shell.


7 of the most pear shaped pears you can find (you may not need all of these) Be sure to look for similar shapes and size.

Cut the pears in half long ways. Carefully cut out the cores then peel them.  Slice them horizontally, holding them together as you do. For a demonstration, watch the video above.

Place into the filling, softly pressing them into the filling.  Don’t worry that they are so much taller than the frangipani filling; the filling will rise when baked.

Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes.  Brush pears with apricot jelly that has been warmed and liquefied when done.

Wilson offers cooking classes. The following is the January list:

Saturday, Jan 16 Italian Boot Camp I

Hands On 12:00-8:00  Limit 8…………….$225.00*

If you sign up for all three Italian Boot Camps, your price will be $75.00 off the total.

Learn how to make Linguine with a perfect Red Sauce, Goat cheese and Spinach Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce, Caesar Salad, and an incredible Chocolate Semi Freddo.  One guest may join you for dinner at 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan 18 French Pastries

Demo 6:30-8:30………………………………..$45.00

Choux Pastry, Eclairs, a St. Honore Cake, and a Tart Normandy.

Saturday, Jan 30 Italian Boot Camp II

Hands On 12:00-8:00  Limit 8……………….$225.00

Baking Fish in Parchment, Gnocchi with Pesto, Meat Balls in a Red Wine Sauce, Simple Mista Salad, and Panna Cotta. Invite a friend to join for dinner at 6 p.m.

In honor of the season of giving, Wilson shared a local cause close to her heart: the Blessings in a Backpack program. According to the organization’s website, 70 percent of elementary kids in Fort Wayne face food insecurity. The program works to stop childhood hunger.




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