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Monday, January 5, 2009

TWD French Pear Tart

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This is why I love being part of TWD - I bake things that I normally wouldn't try on my own.  I've always classified pies and tarts to be similar and my pie making ability leaves a lot to be desired. So, I've never attempted a tart, not to mention I didn't own a tart pan until last week when I discovered our local restaurant supply store. Instead of buying one large tart pan, I bought 4 mini pans.

Anyway - back to my tarts.

This week's recipe was courtesy of Dorie Greenspan herself!! So, it made my foray even more exciting knowing that the author of our book picked the recipe for the week.

TASTE TEST: Incredible!  Another household hit - not overly sweet and great flavors.  These are definitely worth making again.

I made a few variations -

  • I used 4 mini pans
  • I ran out of almonds and had to use walnuts, the only other nut on hand.  I really have to buy almonds at Costco - I run out ALL the time.
  • Because of the smaller pans, I didn't use all the almond cream or the dough.
  • My cooking time was decreased about 13 minutes - probably because of the smaller pans.
  • Oh, and I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how the world we were supposed to lay out the pears, so I tried to make mine look like the spokes of a wheel - key word: 'tried' =)

Here is what my crusts looked like:

The crust was very simple  and straightforward.

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Here are my tarts before baking:

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And my final product:

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19 comments:

Rachel said...

they look fab! kudos!

Jill said...

Your tarts look great! This was such a delicious recipe!

Jules Someone said...

Nice looking tarts!

The Food Librarian said...

Lovely! They all looks sooo yummy! Mine are in the oven!

HoneyB said...

Great job! I agree, this was an incredible recipe!

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful tarts.

rainbowbrown said...

Very nice!

Flourchild said...

I think your tarts look fabulous. Im glad you enjoyed this recipe. I thought it was very tasty and my family loved it!

Jamie said...

great looking tarts!

Leslie said...

I like your minis! I made minis, too, and really liked the size. You sound like a great improvisor...I bet these are great with walnuts or pecans or even hazelnuts!

Danielle said...

Your tarts look great! I need to invest in some mini tart pans. I think the mini versions are so cute.

Jennifer said...

I did the smaller tarts, too. I'm thinking of using the smaller pans to do a sort of "make your own quiche" night with my kids. (Kind of like when I make pizza crust and let them do the toppings)

Your pear spokes look great, I did my pears in little stripes, not so pretty!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

You did a fabulous job on your tarts! I love the mini's!

Kristin said...

Love your mini tarts! I too am addicted to tarts because of Dorie. I've also made the Normandy Apple Tart and it is amazing!

Pamela said...

They look beautiful! You did a great job with the pears, and I would've done it the same way. I need to get some of those mini pans.

Joy said...

Very pretty - I like your spokes! We always buy at least one, usually two bags of almonds whenever we go to Costco :)

Christine said...

Your tarts look delicious! Love the minis!

Barbara said...

Love your mini-tarts with the pear "spokes" -- good idea! This was a hit at our house too.

TeaLady said...

Your wagon wheels look just right. Nice job.