Friday, September 19, 2014

Favourite Cake Friday: Rustic Pear Tarte

Rustic Pear Tarte

The Goods:


1 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter- cold- cubed
2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons ice water


3-4 medium sized pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon corn starch
3 tablespoons brown sugar
a pinch of cinnamon

The Deal:

- making the crust: whisk together flour, salt and sugar. Add cold cubed butter and cut into the flour with a pastry cutter or two knives until the flour mixture is coarse and pebbly. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture- slowly add in ice water and milk- blending as you go. Once the dough has come together in a compact ball wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

- while waiting for the dough to chill preheat the over to 425 degrees and prepare the filling. Peel and slice pears in about 1/4 inch slices. Toss together with lemon juice, cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon- toss until pears are evenly coated.

- roll out dough on a lightly floured surface- roll out into a large circle roughly 10 inches across. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer dough to the middle of the prepared baking sheet. Arrange the pears in the centre of the dough- leaving roughy a 2 inch boarder. Fold the boarder over the filling- leaving the centre explodes. Remember this is a rustic tart and things do not need to be perfect!

- Bake the tart at 425 degrees for 15 minutes- reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 40 minutes- until the pears are tender and the crust is golden brown.

- Transfer to a serving plate and allow to slightly cool- we like this lightly dusted with powdered sugar but whipped cream or vanilla ice cream would also be fantastic!

        I will admit this is the second week that the Favourite Cake Friday isn't in fact a cake- personally I'm just fine with that as I don't hold grudges against desserts! I promise- though- to have a new cake for next week and more knitting- of course more knitting! Always with the knitting- because I have started on Holiday gifts- which is terrifying but true! Can you even believe it is now mid- September?!!

     Anyways it is Friday again- our last Friday of summer holidays - finally! We are looking forward to celebrating the end of the season with some good friends this weekend- there will be home made pizza and fine boxed wine. Happy Friday Friends- much peace and love!

PS- putting an "e" on the end of "tarte" makes it more french of course!

1 comment:

  1. Oh yum! Thanks for the recipe. I tried last's week's blueberry muffins and they were good!

    Enjoy the weekend. We are all waiting for the sun to reappear!


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