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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Honey Plum Tartlets – Quick, easy, three ingredients, looks fabulous, and tastes as good as it looks! Just the right size for a  touch of sweetness after a good meal.

At our house, plums are a seasonal thing. Wheels loves to eat them out of hand, but there are always two or three left setting in the bowl for several days. This is a good way to use those last fruits of the season.  If you want a crispy pastry, prick each square several times with a fork before arranging the plums. I like puffy, crispy flakiness so I just leave them. For guests, a little “real” whipped cream on the side or a small scoop of very good vanilla ice cream is wonderful.

Honey Plum Tartlet
 
Quick, easy, three ingredients, looks fabulous, and tastes as good as it looks! Just the right size for a touch of sweetness after a good meal.
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 2-3 plums
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Thaw puff pastry according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Cut thawed pastry into six 4” squares and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Slice plums about ½” thick and arrange on pastry.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven. While still hot, drizzle about half a teaspoon of honey over the plums in each pastry.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  8. Can be made a few hours in advance, but best eaten the same day.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 tartlet

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Have to admit I’m slow to the smoothie parade.  We’ve always preferred to eat our fruit as fruit (or a dessert with fruit showing – yes!)  rather than drinking it.  But this entire long weekend we worked hard outdoors — digging, painting, planting, changing everything around.   A cold, fruity nutritious drink sounded like a great idea.  I had a big box of strawberries in the refrigerator so I quickly looked at half a dozen recipes online, and mooshed together the two simplest ones.   I was tired and didn’t want to hunt for any flavorings so I left them out.  And came up with a simply strawberry smoothie.  It was perfect. 

I’m not making any claims for this concoction – other than it was cold, fruity and hit the spot – but it totally revived our spirits and gave us renewed energy.   We flew through the rest of the chores that afternoon, accomplishing more than we thought possible.  Absolutely a life changer – for that moment in time anyway.  After all, isn’t life really about the moments?  Sitting in companionable silence amidst the chirping birds and swaying trees, savoring what has been accomplished and, with each sip, feeling more and more like the end of the list can be achieved yet this day!  Powerful stuff this smoothie!  We may be hooked! 

Simply Strawberry Smoothie
 
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Strawberry sweetness -- so good!
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 strawberries, washed and hulled
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Spin to desired smoothness.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve cold.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces

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