Thursday, 2 July 2015

Joy's Poached Pear and Almond Tart

It's easy to make a dessert look pretty, but another set of skills to make it taste as good as it looks. In fact, I often find that nothing soothes a sweet tooth quite like an ugly dessert. Just look at tauhuay. Who knew blobs of soybean pudding drenched in a clear sugar syrup would become such a perennial favourite? 

When I discovered my fellow intern Joy's instagram account for her baked goods, I was truly impressed. So I got her to bake this poached pear and almond tart for Father's Day two weeks ago and the rest you can say is history. It really does taste as good as it looks.

That night I whipped up a feast for my dad (honey soy wings, pasta tossed in lemon oil and herbs, bacon enoki skewers and rosemary roasted vegetables), and after the meal I pulled this out of the fridge and presented it to the fam. I wish I could have claimed credit for baking it but alas, God gave me skills with the stove and not the hand mixer.

I am both proud and ashamed to say that I alone ate half the tart.

IT WAS THAT GOOD GUYSSSS. Once again I'm not being biased just because Joy is my friend. I paid her for the tart, she didn't pay me for this post.

The pears were thinly sliced and slightly spiced by cinnamon, the almond cream subtle (no fake almond flavours for me thanks), the pate sucree so fragrant that I could smell it the whole time I carried the box from Orchard to home. It tasted wonderful both with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and without (since I ate it twice lol).

Since then I've encouraged Joy to set up her own homepage to sell her goods, and I told her I'd design her name card and collaterals in exchange for more cake.

In the meantime, check out her bakes here and email her at for more enquiries. Prices start from $30.

All pictures in this post shot by Joy Elizabeth Chiam. 


  1. This sounds totally delicious. I love pears and almonds and the combo seems wonderful. I am blind so cannot see the picture but I'm convinced it looks great too.

    1. It was tasty! Thanks for dropping by lovely :)

  2. This looks amazing and the photos came out so well! I'm definitely adding this to my list of recipes to try. :)

    With Love, Alyssa |

  3. I love pears this time of year because they are so sweet and delicious and this sounds like the perfect way to use them!

    1. Pears are delicious indeed! I feel like they don't get enough love in desserts, so this was such a nice surprise.