Pear Tart

Pear Tart -- A Pinch of Joy
Pear Tart -- A Pinch of Joy

Wheels found a great deal on pears at the General Store the other day while on a parts run. I like pears but don’t usually think about buying them on my trips to the grocery. So I don’t have a lot of pear recipes – this one for Honey Butter Baked pears and this one for Pear Honey. Just happened to be going through some old cookbooks to choose keepers that evening. The shape of this tart caught my eye and when I saw pears were involved . . . well, those pears in the refrigerator had a focus for my experimentation and tweaking! Actually, foci* – because there was enough to make three pear tarts over the next several days.

Using premade pie crust makes Pie Tart super easy and fast! Making pie crust from scratch is also easy and doesn’t take that much time, so do that if you are so inclined. Flour and sugar in the middle of the crust to absorb the wonderful pear juices. Lemon juice to prevent the pear from browning when exposed to air. I added mine to the glaze, but you can also pour/brush it on the pears before putting the tart into the oven. I peeled the pears (a little hastily as you can tell from the photo). Then sliced them in half and cored them before arranging them. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper so you can lift the entire tart from the pan for cooling. Arrange pear halves in the middle of the pie crust, leaving a couple of inches of crust all the way around. Fold up the edges this way:

Pear Tart Unbaked -- A Pinch of Joy
Make the glaze after you slide the tart in the oven, so the glaze has time to cool and thicken even more. Gently spoon the glaze over the pears just after you take it from the oven, so the fruit absorbs the sweet moisture.

Pear Tart -- Baked A Pinch of Joy

No tips on how to get the tender tart from the parchment paper to serving platter. All of them disappeared before I could try.

Serve warm or cold. Mmm – divine stuff!

* vocabulary bucket list item – use the plural of focus in a totally nonchalant manner. Bonus points for being meaningful. Sort of.

Pear Tart
 
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Firm deeply flavored pears in a tender crust, sweetened just enough by a simple glaze.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 piecrust
  • 3 medium or 4 small pears, halved and cored.
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
Glaze
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. If using baking sheet for free form tart, prepare by lining it with parchment paper. Can also use pie pan, tart pan or cheesecake pan.
  2. Place pie crust in pan.
  3. Mix ⅓ cup sugar and flour together in center of piecrust and spread over evenly over bottom of crust. For free form, spread to within 2 inches of the edge.
  4. Arrange pears halves as desired. Pears may also be sliced and arranged in rows or circles or simply spread evenly over crust.
  5. Fold crust up for free form. Crimp crust if in pan.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until pears are tender and crust is golden brown.
  7. In meantime, prepare glaze. Bring sugar, water and lemon juice to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer gently, until slightly thickened about 4 minutes. Turn off heat and let set until pears are done.
  8. Remove tart from oven and place on rack to cool. Spoon glaze evenly over tart.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Polka Dot Macaroons

Polka Dot Macaroons -- A Pinch of Joy
Polka Dot Macaroons -- A Pinch of Joy

Polka Dot Macaroons are quick and easy to make, a coconut lover’s dream! The mini candies are just the perfect size. However, I think it would be fun to use the red and green regular sized M&Ms for a festive Christmas cookie. I made a couple of attempts toward that. I actually bought the Christmas colors. And not once, but twice, they completely vanished before I got the cookies made. And it was my fault. Because I opened the package. Since when is that carte blanche for kitchen passersby to abscond with the goods and eat the whole thing????   Oh – back to the recipe. Make. Bake. Eat. :-)  It’s that easy!

Polka Dot Macaroons
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 5 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup M&M minis
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine coconut and flour.
  3. Add milk and mix well.
  4. Stir in M&Ms.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on parchment lined or greased baking sheets.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  7. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.


A dozen great cookie recipes.  Check back daily to see the Cookie of the Day! 

1.  Fruitcake cookies      
2.  Almond Coconut Crunch Cookies
3.  Pineapple Walnut Cookies
4.  Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies
5.  Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprints
6.   Cherry Almond Chews
7.  Polka Dot Macaroons
8.  Red Velvet Cookies with white chocolate and walnuts
9.  Butterscotch Pecan Softies – no bake
10.
11.
12.

Bonus!!
Super Delicious Big Batch Cookies   A unique, crispy shortbread type cookie textured with oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips.
Macaroons and Chocolate — Chewy Coconut macaroons dipped in smooth chocolate 
THE Best Easy Gift Fudge —  It only takes 5 minutes to stir and slice this creamy rich fudge (plus a couple hours in the fridge)
No Bake Chocolate Gems – a chocolatey, chewy sweet treat that is so easy to make anytime
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars —  tastes just like the peanut butter cups in the bright orange wrapper

For more sweet recipes check the A Pinch of Joy Desserts and Sweets gallery.


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Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies

Caramel Swirl Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy
Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy

Warning. You won’t be able to stop saying “MMMM OOOH MMMMM!” while eating Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies. The slightly crisp cookie wrapped around creamy caramel is definitely for sophisticated palates. Not that kids wouldn’t like them – we adults just need an excuse to keep some things for us! Seriously, I like to let kids do as much as possible in cookie making without having to stand over them. But making this recipe is just a bit complex and could easily go to the messy side with helpers under the age of 12.  The taste is amazing!!!  

Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4½ dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
Filling
  • 30 caramels
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, cream cheese and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg yolk and flavoring.
  3. Gradually add flour to creamed mixture. Mixture will be somewhat sticky.
  4. Refrigerate until easy to handle, about 2 hours.
  5. Melt caramels according to package directions. Add cream cheese and stir until blended. Set aside.
  6. Divide refrigerated dough in half and place each half on a lightly floured piece of waxed paper. Cover with another piece of waxed paper and roll each portion between waxed paper to about a ¼ inch thickness.
  7. Spread half of caramel filling over each portion of dough to within half inch of edges.
  8. Roll up tightly, jelly roll style. Wrap each roll and refrigerate at least four hours or overnight until firm.
  9. Preheat oven to 350.
  10. Unwrap and cut dough into slices ¼ inch thick and place each slice on parchment lined (or greased) baking sheet.
  11. Bake 12 – 14 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Let cool 2-3 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.

 

A dozen great cookie recipes —  check back daily to see the Cookie of the Day! 

1.  Fruitcake cookies      
2.  Almond Coconut Crunch Cookies
3.  Pineapple Walnut Cookies
4.  Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies
5.  Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprints
6.  Cherry Almond Chews
7.  Polka Dot Macaroons
8.  Red Velvet Cookies with white chocolate and walnuts
9.  Butterscotch Pecan Softies – no bake
10.
11.
12.

Bonus!!
Super Delicious Big Batch Cookies   A unique, crispy shortbread type cookie textured with oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips.
Macaroons and Chocolate — Chewy Coconut macaroons dipped in smooth chocolate 
THE Best Easy Gift Fudge —  It only takes 5 minutes to stir and slice this creamy rich fudge (plus a couple hours in the fridge)
No Bake Chocolate Gems – a chocolatey, chewy sweet treat that is so easy to make anytime
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars —  tastes just like the peanut butter cups in the bright orange wrapper

For more sweet recipes check the A Pinch of Joy Desserts and Sweets gallery.

I’m so glad you stopped by today!   Be sure to follow A Pinch of Joy so you don’t miss a thing!  I’d love to have your company on this venture!!

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