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Chocolate and Pear Tartlets Part 1

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Servings: 8
Categories: Chocolate / Desserts / Fruits / Pies & Pastries

5  ounces  Semisweet chocolate
2    Pears, ripe about 1 1/2 lbs
2  tablespoons  Sugar, for sprinkling 1-2 T
    -----PASTRY DOUGH-----
1 1/2  cups  Flour
6  tablespoons  Butter, extra for molds
1/3  cup  Sugar
1/2  teaspoon  Salt
1/2  teaspoon  Vanilla
3    Egg yolks
1    Egg
1/2  cup  Light cream
1  tablespoon  Kirsch
    -----RASPBERRY COULIS-----
2  cups  Raspberries, 1 pint
1  tablespoon  Kirsch, 1-2T (optional)
2  tablespoons  Confectioner sugar, 2-3 T

Sift flour. Put butter between 2 sheets wax papaer and pound with roling pin soften slightly. Make a well in center of flour. Put sugar, salt and vanilla in well.Add butter and with fingertips, work the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Add yolks to well and work into ingredients in well. Draw in flour with metal spatula. With your fingers, work flour into the ingredients until coarse curmbs form. Press into a ball. Sprinkle work surface lighty with flour, then blend dough by pushing ball away from you with heel of your hand. Gather up and continue to blend until very smooth and peels away from work surface in one piece, 1-2 minutes. Shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill about 30 minutes.

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