This Dessert from the Old Country will Blow Your Mind

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It's called Barchiglia and it's a chocolate-glazed almond tart with pear preserves, a traditional Easter dessert from southern Italy.

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Ingredients for Pastry:
2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c cold unsalted butter, cut into pea-sized pieces
1 whole egg, plus 1 yolk
1 tsp lemon zest
Ingredients for Almond Filling:
1 c blanched almonds
3 large eggs, separated
3/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of kosher salt
1 c Marmellata di Pere
Ingredients for Marmellata di Pere, Pear Preserves - this makes enough to have leftovers:
3 lbs ripe pears, peeled and cored
1/4 c lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 c heavy cream
4 oz dark chocolate, 60 to 65% cacao - coarsely chopped
Nutritions

Calories
3771

Sodium
482mg
20% DV

Fat
217g
334% DV

Protein
51g
102% DV

Carbs
354g
120% DV

Fiber
51g
206% DV

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