Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dorie's TWD Choice: French Pear Tart...

First of all, note to self: next time Dorie says canned pears work fine? Go with that. Why you ask? Because I brilliantly got pears over the weekend but didn't get to the tart til today.

So?

Can you say overripe? I can. Overripe and brown. But what did I do? Rather than delay, I THINK i managed to salvage...or I managed to ruin..this expensive and delicious looking tart. We shall see in about 10 minutes...

Mabe the pastry was where I started to go wrong, really: Dories says to leave it "crumbly." Me? NoOOooo. I press it and pat it into the pan. The pan I forgot to butter (why on EARTH do you need to butter this, which has a gazillion ounces of butter in it? I don't know. But I DO know if Dorie says to butter, you BUTTER. Too late. Maybe we'll be chiseling it out of the tart pan. We shall see in about 9 minutes.

I poached the pears--simple and nice (well, I'll bet it is with not overripe pears)...let them cool in the syrup and turned my attention to the pastry, which was super simple, and I'm betting is delicious. It's shortbread--my favorite cookie--made into a tart shell. Butter, sugar, flour. Does the world need anything else?

I love almond cream...OH SHOOT. I forgot to add the rum. Drat. I was looking forward to that. I like booze in all my desserts. We shall see about THAT in about...oh, 7 minutes.

(Long day. Jury duty. Woke at 4...just because...couldn't fall back asleep so I got up and worked on my VisitFlorida dining blog. You'd forget the rum, too. But still. Shoot. I love my rum. Maybe I'll work it into the glaze...)

Where was I? Almond cream: butter, sugar, almonds, egg--spread this in the shell, place poached (or, in future, CANNED) pears on top, bake. The almond cream puffs up around the pears. It's so pretty (or would be if it weren't for those brown, ripe spots. Avoid those...)..

Ding. Ooh, time to take it out.

No, leave it in. I want the center to brown more. (heh. A real time TWD. How 'bout that?) I think I have to go without the rum, because the alternative is to dust it all with powdered sugar, thus hiding any brown pear spots.I bet none of you will EVER come to eat at my house. Boy, do my desserts need work (I was hired as a pastry chef once. Heh. Me, the best they could do???? Sad. Don't worry. I gave two weeks notice after two weeks. And became a writer.)

The tart? Oh, really really really good. If you cut around those brown pears, that is....The crust is unbelievable, my favorite. And pears and almonds are simply a perfect match. Washed down with my daily dose of vino...Vino O'Clock, as threedogblogger says. (Told you I was SO stealing that...)

So? What are you doing with YOUR tart? I'm off to visit all your blogs.

22 comments:

HoneyB said...

I totally agree, that crust was awesome!

Isabelle said...

très réussie :)

Madam Chow said...

I agree - it was really, really good! I went with canned pears because who am I to argue with Dorie?

Jamie said...

Your tart look delicious; brown pears are not! :)

pinkstripes said...

Your tart looks wonderful. I don't see any brown spots!

Rebecca said...

You're right, this one DOES look expensive. So delicious.

Jessica said...

I just had to chuckle a little bit because your description of making this tart sounds a lot like almost all of my kitchen adventures. It's the whole oops . . . wait . . . uh oh progression. But it keeps you on your toes, right? And I bet that your tart was as delicious as it looked (it looked delicious to me!).
I've always wanted to watch Babette's Feast. I'm going to put it on my netflix right now.

LyB said...

Yep, I saw "canned pears" and there was no way I was going for fresh. lol! Your tart looks beautiful. :)

Leslie said...

Your tart i beautiful! And I loved your post! The crust was to die for, and it is very forgiving.

TeaLady said...

Your tart came out just fine and looks delicious. I don't see any brown spots.....

Rachel said...

The good thing is that this tart is so tasty, no one minds a little brown on the pear. Great job!

Molly Loves Paris said...

Well your tart looks lovely. I formed my dough into two discs and rolled one out for the tart and it worked great. Certainly no need to butter the dish. I've found that trying to cook with pears that need poaching is a real pain, not worth it.

chocolatechic said...

The crust was super duper.

I used canned pears and it was fabulous.

Danielle said...

I think the brown spots give it extra flavor! You tart looks great good job.

Jules Someone said...

Hehehehe. I needed to bake my crust a little longer as well. Nice tart!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Beautiful job! I LOVE this recipe!

kim said...

yay for vino o'clock! ;) glad it still turned out well! i think it is hard to totally mess this one up, it's so good :)

Lillian said...

I love the liveblogging -- it makes me feel as if I'd made the tart myself!

Liz said...

Hee hee, this was great. I vote for liveblogging every TWD recipe! And score another one for Dorie's indestructible recipes! Your tart looks awesome--what brown spots?? :)

Erin said...

What a pretty tart!

My Chutney Garden said...

Barb,
I'm inspired. The tart looks amazing. Is that the new lens?

the three dog blogger said...

Yum, yum!

Any chance of posting me one?

It looks fantastic. Its morning here but I am feeling the need for a Tart!

That probably doesn't sound good does it?