Pear and Tart Frangipane

What are the holidays without passing around a piece of pie, right? We all need little "something's" to look forward to--and sweet treats during the holidays are absolutely no exception, even if you are on a gut-healing diet. The last couple years on the GAPS diet, I've failed in letting the holidays be a time I could indulge a little and enjoy some GAPS friendly treats. And the holidays were miserable. So this year I'm making a special effort to create some holiday treats to look forward to and get excited about so I don't have to sit around watching everyone else eating delicious, yummy treats because I didn't take the time to prepare. Yup that's not gonna happen again! So this year, I have some terrific ideas for GAPS diet holiday desserts. This one, in particular, has me pretty excited:)

As a teenager, I used to make lots and lots of pies. It was kinda my thing. You know? One of those "talents" we latched onto as teens and made us feel really cool and unique. Yeah. I thought I was amazing at making pies. We all had something, I guess. haha

Whether I was amazing or not, I did make a lot of pies. And I often made them from a pie and tart cookbook from Williams-Sonoma that taught me all the fancy techniques. I was looking through it recently for some holiday inspiration and saw that it had a recipe for a FRANGIPANE tart. A WHAT?? Well, apparently it's pronounced "fran-jip-pain" (more or less) and it's a custard or pie filling made with almonds. Very suiting for a GAPS diet holiday dessert, don't you think? And so I took this recipe and made it my own, (which included turned it GAPS-friendly) and what we've got is a beautiful holiday masterpiece fit to heal the gut! 

It's way easy and requires no kneading, fluffing, rising, or the like. Grain-free tarts are wonderful like that. Seriously, the hardest part is watching the butter brown.. which requires you simply watching it. 

Also a note, I've tried slicing the pears thicker and thinner and personally I like them thicker. The photos below are with them sliced thin, but honestly, why skimp on the pears??? Cooked pears are the best and if I were to make this one over again I would slice them thicker so you get more pear in the tart. That's my little two cents for ya:)

Oh! And I like to pair it with the vanilla ice cream from my ice cream sandwiches, but you can also just top it with this probiotic whipped cream topping. Both are lactose-free:) Happy Holidays!

I've included my link to my video from my instagram stories if you want to see step-by-step how I make it (this was on a day when I was home sick, though, so please ignore my little sniffes in the background;))



GAPS diet holiday

Like I said, I would personally slice my pears a little thicker than in these photos. Don't be afraid to really layer 'em up!

GAPS diet holiday

GAPS diet holiday



Pear and Frangipane Tart
Author: Amy MoffatPrep time:7 minCook time:40-45 mins


2 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
1 1/2 c raw whole almonds (or 1 c almonds+1 c pecans if you want to mix it up)
2 eggs
1/3 c honey
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp sugar-free, pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh orange zest
3 pears (Anjou or Bartlett)
1 Tbsp fresh orange juice


Preheat oven to 375°F
In a small saucepan, brown the butter over medium heat. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and remove from heat when it's turned a light brown color and it begins to smell wonderfully nutty
Pour the butter into a separate container to let it cool. You don't need the browned little solids, so just pour out the butter slowly to leave most of them in the saucepan
Add the almonds into the food processor and pulse several times until they're all ground up (but not into a flour)
Add the eggs, honey, extracts, salt, orange zest, and butter and process until combined
Pour into a lightly greased pie or tart pan
Peel and core the pears and then slice then lengthwise, layering them on top of the filling
Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the middle has set
Remove from the oven
Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the pears with fresh orange juice
Let cool and serve either warm or room temperature

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