Mace is a spice that comes from the covering that surrounds nutmeg seeds. It has a flavor similar to nutmeg and marries beautifully with pears for an unforgettable holiday dessert. Plus, the tart is literally easier than pie because you simply fold over the crust.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Pear-Mace Rustic Tart

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  • Line a large baking sheet with foil; set aside. For crust: In a medium bowl, stir together the 1-1/4 cups flour, the 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon peel, the salt, and the 1/4 teaspoon mace. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the ice water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of the remaining ice water at a time, until all the flour mixture is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edge into a circle about 13 inches in diameter. Transfer dough circle to prepared baking sheet.

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  • Preheat oven to 375F. For filling, spread almonds on dough circle to within 2 inches of the edge. Place pears in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the 1/2 cup sugar, the 4 teaspoons flour, the 2 teaspoons lemon peel, and the 1/2 teaspoon mace. Toss half of the sugar mixture with pears. Mound pear mixture on top of the almond-covered dough. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over pear mixture. Dot with butter.

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  • Fold dough edge up and over pears, pleating dough gently as needed. In a small bowl, combine egg white and the 1 tablespoon water; beat with a fork. Brush mixture onto the top and side of the dough. Sprinkle with additional sugar.

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  • Bake about 45 minutes or until filling is bubbly, pears are tender, and pastry is golden. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover edge with foil for the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking.

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  • Cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes. Serve warm. If desired, serve with Spiced Whipped Cream or ice cream. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (Pear-Mace Rustic Tart)

320 calories; 16 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 103 mg sodium. 42 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 21 g sugar; 5 g protein;

Spiced Whipped Cream

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  • In a chilled small bowl, combine 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1 tablespoon sugar, and dash ground mace. Beat with the chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).

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