Poached Pear Frangipane

Makes 6 individual portions


For the Frangipane

  • 1 stick butter, cubed, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup hazelnut flour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Poached Pears

  • 6 Forelle or Seckle pears, peeled
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 star anise
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, split & seeds scraped

Special Equipment

  • pastry bag with large round tip
  • stand mixer with paddle attachment
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet
  • melon baller


Make Frangipane

  1. Layer the first ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Start with one layer of the butter cubes, coat completely with powdered sugar, then the almond and hazelnut flours. Pour the eggs and vanilla on top
  2. With a paddle attachment, start to mix on low speed for 15 seconds
  3. Raise to medium speed, and mix 30 seconds then raise to high speed and mix for 15 seconds. Reduce the speed again to low, and allow to beat until white and fluffy, about 10 minutes
  4. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large, round tip. On individual squares of parchment paper (cut to slightly larger than the individual serving dishes), pipe round, tight coils (these will melt down into perfect cake rounds when in the oven). The batter will yield 6 individual cakes
  5. Place on a sheet tray and freeze at least 30 minutes (these also can be made days in advance, and stored in the freezer until baking)

Poach Pears

  1. Using a small melon baller, take the core out of the pear from the bottom
  2. Place all poaching ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan (except pears). Bring to a boil, then add the pears
  3. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit right inside saucepan, and make a small hole in the center to let out steam. Cover pan, and reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes
  4. Remove from heat, and allow to cool in poaching liquid

Bake & Plate

  1. Preheat oven to 375º (conventional) or 350º (convection)
  2. Remove frangipane from freezer. Invert each round on parchment onto oven-safe plate, and peel off parchment paper
  3. Bake for 7 minutes. The frangipane should still be a bit gooey in the center
  4. Serve immediately, placing a single poached pear in the center. The gooey frangipane should ooze and “hug” around the bottom of each pear

Optional Serving Suggestion (as shown in the video)

  1. Before adding the pear atop each frangipane round, press a piece of hardened ganache or soft truffle in the center of the warm frangipane
  2. Place pear atop in the center. Garnish with candied hazelnuts or chopped pralines