Bosc Pear and Toasted Hazelnut Tart - Instructions
A tart makes such a pretty presentation on a dessert table, especially this one, which
has slices of caramelized pears on top. The skin of Bosc pear is autumn-hued in lovely
shades of brown and gold, which is precisely why the pears are left unpeeled. The tart
can be made in stages: the crust can be prepared in advance and frozen, and the
filling can be made 1 day ahead.
To Make the Crust
Combine the hazelnuts, flour, salt and sugar in a food processor fitted with the metal
blade. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse
meal. Add the sour cream and water, and process for a few seconds, just until a ball
of dough begins to form. Do not over process.
Transfer the dough to a floured work surface, gathering all the loose bits, and form