---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.02
  
       Title: PEAR-AND-APRICOT TART
  Categories: Pies, Desserts, Fruits/nuts
       Yield: 14 servings
  
 ---------------------------FOR THE ALMOND PASTRY---------------------------
       3 c  Unbleached all-purpose flour
      18 tb Unsalted butter; chilled
            - cut into small pieces
       2    Eggs
       1 tb Milk
       2 ts Vanilla extract
       4 tb Sugar
       1 ts Salt
     1/2 c  Finely chopped almonds
            Flour
 
 ------------------------------FOR THE FILLING------------------------------
       3    7-oz tubes almond paste
       2    Eggs
       2 tb Amaretto liquor
      14    Canned pear halves, in juice
            -OR in extra light syrup
            - drained or blotted dry
      14    Canned apricot halves
            - in extra-light syrup or
            - juice, drained
            - and blotted dry
     1/2 c  Apple jelly
       8 oz Low-fat vanilla yogurt
       4 oz Sour cream
  
   MAKE THE CRUST: Combine the flour, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla in the
   bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel chopping blade. With an on-off
   motion, process until the butter is the size of small peas. Add the sugar,
   salt and almonds and process just until the dough starts to pull together.
   Do not overprocess. Remove the dough from the bowl, pat it into a ball,
   then flatten it into a disk about 3/4-inch thick, and dust with flour.
   Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven
   to 375F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and gently massage it until
   it is workable, turning it over a couple of times, and starting to flatten
   it with your fingertips. Dust the dough, rolling pin and board or pastry
   cloth with flour, and quickly roll dough into a rectangle large enough to
   fit into an 11-by-17-inch jelly roll pan and about 1/8-inch thick. If the
   dough sticks, add small amounts of flour and loosen with a dough scraper or
   long, thin-bladed knife. Carefully roll the dough over the pin or fold it
   into quarters and position it over the pan. Unroll, and ease the dough into
   the tart pan, working to flatten the bottom and to ease the dough well into
   the corners and against the sides. Patch where necessary, then trim off any
   excess dough with a knife. Prick in several places, and transfer the pan to
   the middle of the preheated oven to bake just until the pastry is set but
   not browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan and let the pastry cool
   while preparing the filling.
   
   FILL THE TART: In a medium-size bowl, combine the almond paste, eggs and
   amaretto, beating with an electric mixer until smooth. Scrape the mixture
   into the crust, and spread it evenly with a metal spatula. With a sharp,
   thin-bladed knife, cut across each pear half at 1/4-inch intervals. You
   should end up with about 7 slices. Beginning at the left edge of 1 long
   side, place the wide end of the pear touching the side of the pan, pressing
   gently to elongate it. Put an apricot half at the narrow end. Next, place
   an apricot touching the side of the pan, to the right of the first pear,
   and add a sliced pear with the narrow end touching the apricot. Continue
   until the whole side is filled with 7 pear halves and 7 apricot halves.
   Repeat the same procedure for the second half of the tart, continuing with
   the pears facing in the same direction as they do in the first row. Return
   the pan to the oven, and bake until the almond paste is light brown and the
   crust is a rich brown, about 15 to 18 minutes. While the tart is baking,
   melt the jelly over low heat. Remove the baked tart, brush on the jelly
   glaze, and let the tart cool to room temperature. Cut the tart into serving
   size portions of an apricot and pear on each slice. Combine the yogurt with
   the sour cream and spoon it over the tart as it is served.
  
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