Wanted a quick and easy dessert, so used 3 ripe pears from the fruit bowl and made an easy tart. Chocolate and pears are a marriage made in heaven for me, but if you haven't got a bar of chocolate, you could use Nutella spread over the pastry. You don't have to make the pastry - use a ready made butter puff.
Preheat oven 220C/gas7 23cm tart tin
In a bowl, mix together 100g soft butter, 100g ground almonds and 125g caster sugar. Mix together then add 2 beaten eggs and beat together.
Roll out the puff pastry and line the tart tin. Prick with a fork.
Peel, de-pip [is there such a word?] and cut 3 ripe Conference pears each into 4 pieces.
Melt 100g chocolate [you can use cooking chocolate if you want] in the microwave or over simmering water, then pour over the pastry in the tin. Spoon in the batter then spread the pears on top.
Bake for about 30 mins - keep an eye on the tart at the end so it doesn't burn!
Nice combination of flavours and textures - crunchy pastry, soft chocolate, almond filling and soft fruit. You could use dessicated coconut instead of ground almonds - my friend does this and it's very successful.