Chocolate Pear Tart

**This picture is from the second time I made this tart. It was requested by my brother's girlfriend for her birthday dinner!! :)

My mom gave me a few pears the other day and I had to find something to make with them. I google searched pear desserts and this popped up from Easy-French-Food. After reading it, I was intrigued, not only because it sounded good, but because it came from a woman from the Alsace-Lorraine region, which from what I have been told, is the area that some of my ancestors came from. The original recipe calls for a large can of pear halves in light syrup cut into 1/8th slices. I sliced 6 pears, but I only used about 3-4. Also, the recipe called for heavy cream but I had half & half in the fridge so I used that instead. It took a bit longer for the custard topping to set, so I just put some tinfoil around the edges of my crust so that they didn't burn.

1 Pie Shell, unbaked
12 ounces Dark Chocolate, melted (I used 1 bag of dark chocolate chips)
6 Pears, peeled and sliced
2 Eggs
1/3 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Half & Half
2 tablespoons Sugar--optional for finishing

Place the pie shell in a tart pan or pie tin and pierce the bottom in several places with a fork. Pour the melted chocolate into the pierced pie shell and place the pears on top, fanning them out in an overlapping arrangement.

Beat the eggs with the sugar and cream. Pour the mixture on top of the pears and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the top begins to brown. If you wish, sprinkle the top with the 2 tablespoons of optional sugar and place under the broiler until the top begins to carmelize (watch carefully). This step can also be done with a torch, but I don't have one. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving.