Tuesdays With Dorie
Guess who picked the Tuesdays With Dorie recipe last week? OK, you're never going to guess, so I may as well spill the beans! The French Pear Tart was chosen by none other than Dorie Greenspan herself! Thank you Dorie for letting us use your name and your book, Baking: From My Home To Yours for the last year! 52 recipes in 52 weeks! I missed a few here and there, but for the most part, I made my share. My book is splattered and stained with a bunch of dog-eared corners. There were plenty of successes and a few flops. Some I would make again and again, and some I would never make again.
I missed last weeks recipe because I thought I had to have fresh Bartlett pears for the tart. I brought them home rock hard. 5 days later, they were still hard. Then, I read the recipe! It calls for either canned or fresh pears! That's what I get for not reading the recipe first. Once I got to making the tart, it was a no-brainer. Very easy. You can find the recipe on pages 368 and 369 of Dorie's book, OR you can go directly to Dorie's blog for the recipe! YES, Dorie has her own blog! Go take a look and see how nice it is. Lot's of info and photos.
French Pear Tart
Anyway...to get back to the recipe. Easy-Peasy! Make a sweet tart dough and press it in the pan. I don't have a fluted tart pan, so I used my 9" springform cheesecake pan. Bake the crust a bit. Make a delicious almond cream (which is more like a paste than cream) and spread it on the bottom of the cooled crust. Slice the canned pear halves almost all the way through and poke them into the almond cream and bake. When it cooled, I sprinkled some confectioners' sugar on top to make it look like it snowed (which it did!) and then we ate it! The only change I made in the tart was to use brandy because Brad drank all the rum! I like brandy better than rum anyway. It's more mellow.
So, there you have it. An easy and delicious French Pear Tart. It would probably taste real good with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream on top, don't you agree?
Check out all the other French Pear Tarts on the Tuesdays With Dorie blogroll and see how pretty they are! And, while you're there, you can read the exclusive interview with Dorie.