Tuesday, 6 January 2009

TWD: French Pear Tart


TWD celebrates its first anniversary by inviting Dorie Greenspan, the author of the cookbook that we've been religiously bake and blog every Tuesday, to pick a recipe for this week. How cool is that!

I was excited to try out French pear tart that was chosen by Dorie. I love fruits tarts more than any other pastries, and poached pear coupled with almond cream sounds delicious! I intended to take the shortcut by using canned pears, but it's not available in the local supermarkets and so I resorted to poach the pears myself, which is something that I've not done before.

It's a relief to find out that poaching pears is not as difficult as I thought, in fact, 15 minutes was all I took to have 2 pears soaking in syrup. When that is done, I proceeded to prepare the partially baked tart shells (I made 3 tartlets) and almond cream. Then I kept the pears and almond cream in the fridge overnight, and the tartlets were assembled and baked today.

Dorie's right, the pear tarts were yummy indeed, they tasted so good that I forego my lunch and had two tartlets instead. ;-)

If you like fruits tarts as much as I do, this is the recipe that you wouldn't want to miss! Head over to Dorie's blog for recipe.

P.S. I just hopped over to TWD site and found out that Dorie has answered all the questions that has been put up in the weekly OSI survey, including mine! Well, that really makes my day!

30 Comments:

n.o.e said...

Piggy, your mini is so perfect and adorable! I agree that it tastes amazing. Next time I'll poach my pears.
Nancy

Jo said...

Looks absolutely delicious and love your plating.

chocolatechic said...

Your tart is lovely.

I used canned in mine.

Danielle said...

You tarts came out great. I am glad you liked them. Hubby at what was left for lunch the next day!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

You did an absolutely beautiful job!

Madam Chow said...

Great job - you didn't overfill the mini tart with pears. We loved it, too!

mycookinghut said...

Yummm.. tart... any tarts you give me I will not say NO! I have yet tried making Pear Tart... another to do.. in fact.. I have got lots of to do these days *LOL*

Isabelle said...

c'est la tartelette parfaite :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look just delicious! Love the look of the littles.

Snooky doodle said...

looks delicious !!!

Marthe said...

Wow, your little tart looks sooooo cute!!

Y said...

Looks delicious! I wouldn't mind having two of those myself :)

pinkstripes said...

Wow! Your tartlet looks perfect. YUM!

vibi said...

Tut! Tut! Two tartelettes? Oh! Grace... how could you! LOL LOL

I thought they were so, so rich... but I agree, oh! so yummy too!

Beauty resides in simplicity! Very well done!

Rebecca said...

Lovely tart. Beautiful photo.
Dorie, is this secretly you?

didally said...

Very pretty! I like how your crust looked darker. So we have to bake the crust a little longer for the tartlette? I reduce my baking time to half.

Molly Loves Paris said...

Your mini-tart looks fabulous. Now I want some little pans like that.

Beth G. said...

Your tart is gorgeous! you did a beautiful job on this yummy tart!

G in Berlin said...

What a charming tart and lovely presentation. Makes me want to pick up some mini-tart pans.

spike. said...

That sounds like a great lunch!

aileen :: motu said...

very pretty tart! the conversations with dorie on weight is so funny and i can't help but relate to it so much. ^_^

Secret Server said...

This is my first TWD and I have loved looking at all the variations. I have to say yours is the prettiest I have seen so far.

kim said...

your tartlet is so pretty! it's good to know poaching is not too difficult, i was scared away and went for canned;)

TeaLady said...

Piggy made pretty pear mini tart. Looks delicious.

Fit Chick said...

Love your mini tart; I need to start making smaller versions of the recipes. Beautifully done!

Snooky doodle said...

Hi Piggy.
Thanks for visitng my blog. For your info. I burned a couple of those almond tuiles featured in my blog :)

CB said...

Adorable! Your mini tarts didn't get pear sinkage like mine. btw loving the new blog layout. Cute! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

steph- whisk/spoon said...

what a stunning tartlette! bet that made a fine lunch! :)

Stardust said...

Sounds like a lot of work but I believe that all is rewarding and deli!!

Stardust said...

P/S : Which one is your qns?

Arghh, dropping by your blog always makes me hungry. Gotta go bake something now!