Pears poached with cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla bean arranged on top of the almond cream
In a small saucepan add water and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Add pears and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes or until pears are soft when pierced with a knife.
While the tart is still hot place the tart on a large round can. The outer ring of the pan should drop off. Cool completely.