Monday, December 21, 2009

Fresh Pear Tart

This is one of our favorite dessert recipes from the Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook. It is rich, but has a mild taste and it is not too sweet.

I usually arrange the pears in a fan as instructed in the recipe. My daughter, who studied pastry in France, pressed down horizontally sliced pear halves in a way which made the tart look like it came from a patisserie.

Fresh Pear Tart

1 unbaked 10 inch pie shell


6 T. unbleached white flour
1/2 t. nutmeg (we use cinnamon)
12 ounces of butter!
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 t. pure vanilla or almond extract

3 medium pears, peeled

Sift together the flour and nutmeg. Melt the butter. Remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Whisk in the flour-nutmeg mixture. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, then the extract. At this point the custard should be thick and smooth.

Cut the pears into eighths, lengthwise. Core the slices and arrange them in the pie shell. Cover with the custard. Bake at 350 f. for 45-50 minutes until the custard is firm and golden.

Beautiful and delicious!


Tammie Lee said...

oh yum
thank you for sharing this
some day I will make it too
wishing you a lovely holiday~

softearthart said...

Hi, This is so cool, I will give it a go, those gingerbread shapes look nice. ""Happy days" from sunny New Zealand Cheers Marie

gardenmama said... this looks incredible!!!
i am emailing this one to my mom : )

Hip Mountain Mama said...

I love Moosewood! This looks very delish!!

Beth said...

Oooo, this is a super yummy recipe! Enjoy it! And Hip Mountain Mama...the Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook has some of our favorite dessert recipes. Do you have that cookbook? love, Beth

Lisa said...

Yummy! The header is gorgeous!
Happy holidays and warm wishes Beth!

Jessica said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you Happy Holidays! I love to visit your corner of the web-I always feel welcome here!

suzanne said...

My Friend Beth...Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for your treasured friendship Beth. I hope you and your family have a wonderful peaceful day.

All my love