Tuesday, January 6, 2009

French Pear Tart (Tuesdays with Dorie)

Okay, so I'm brand new to this food blogging thing. I haven't figured out the timing of cooking something, getting a photo in good lighting and still serving it to the family while it's hot. I haven't even begun to have all the techno-HTML-whizbang stuff figured out. The photography? Yeah, it pretty much sucks at this point.


I got to join the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. And I'm just nerdy (and pathetic) enough that I am totally geeked about this, in a "squee! I'm sitting at the cool kids' table!" kind of way. I told you it was pathetic.

I went out and bought the book. And then I marked all the recipes that TWD has already done, so I know what I can bake with impunity.

Raising the "Needs a Life" bar to "Deserves Her Own Telethon" level.

But seriously, this week's recipe for French Pear Tart was lovely. In honor of TWD's one-year anniversary, it was chosen by Dorie herself, and you can find it at her website, or in her book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.

One of the terrific things about this recipe is that it's made of several different components (poached pears, almond cream and a shortbread crust) which are all made separately, and can all be made ahead, which is very convenient. It doesn't take much time to assemble the tart once you are ready to do so, nor is it difficult. And as I said, the results are lovely.

The almond cream was our favorite part. It baked to a slightly sticky-chewy texture, and reminded us of my mother-in-law's banket, a traditional Dutch Christmas pastry much beloved by all in our family, especially my two teenaged sons.

Needless to say, the tart did not last long at our house. And I am already thinking about all the different fruits that I could use the next time I try this... apple? Plum? Would it be crazy to try it with berries?

Anyway, thank you Dorie, for choosing such a lovely dessert, and inspiring such a cool group. I can't wait to see what year two of TWD brings!

(To see all the other beautiful tarts out there, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll. It's a feast for the eyes!)


  1. Oh. Mein. Gott. This looks to die for, and like something I could actually attempt!

  2. Your tart looks fantastic. So excited that you joined the TWD group -- I just joined in October and it's so much fun. Great blog, I will definitely keep checking it out!

  3. Excellent - like how you fanned your pears!

  4. I laughed when I saw the pic of your book with all the colored flags. Mine looks just like that and I got made fun of for marking so many pages. I am glad to see I am not the only one.

    sara - imafoodblog.com

  5. Caroline -

    You can absolutely make this tart (unless it would break all kinds of resolutions - never let it be said that I led you down the road to perdition).

    Jessica -

    Thanks for the TWD welcome; I'm excited to be a part. And thanks for the kudos on the blog - I'm still figuring it all out!

    Cynthia - thanks! I was pretty impressed with my bad self when they turned out that pretty.

    Sara - post-it note soul mates! The hard part is figuring out what to make next...

  6. wow!! so that's what the tart was supposed to look like :) your photo could have been featured in the cookbook itself. welcome to TWD - glad to have you join us :)