Sweet & Spicy Pear Torte

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3⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup butter, softened
1⁄2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1⁄2 cup almond meal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
A pinch of salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 – 3 small Bosc pears, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced

For the topping:
1 tablespoon sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon spicy Saigon cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
1⁄8 teaspoon ground clove

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Slowly add in the flour until incorporated, and add all of your other ingredients except the fruit and the toppings. The batter is going to be very thick. Spread it evenly into a lightly greased 11 to 12 inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Place the pear slices on the batter in concentric circles, very slightly overlapping each slice. Sprinkle the topping over the pears and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 

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