I have always been to scared to make a fruit tart. I thought it would be too time consuming and labour intensive and then end up with something tasting like cardboard and destined for the bin.
So I was a little nervous with this weeks challenge, but excited too. When we lived in Brighton, England, we used to buy tarts from a fantastic french patisserie called Real Patisserie. My favourite was the plum or strawberry tarts and my husbands was the pear tart. Oh I do miss that place.
This time I had no problem making the pastry. In fact, everything went very smoothly. The only hiccup i had was with the pears. I live in Singapore and there's is no guarantee that the supermarkets will have the exact type of fruit you need. Since I couldn't get the fresh Bartlett or Anjou pears mentioned in the book, i bought the only can of canned pears i could find. It was a large can so i was expecting large pears but there were a lot of little pears. So if the design of the pears on my tart look a little strange, that it why :-)
The tart was time consuming, definitely not a last minute dessert. It was delicious and well worth the time and effort. I did think it was a little too sweet so next time, yes there will be a next time, i will add less sugar.
10 minutes after it came out of the oven, half of it had already been eaten. Seal of approval received from my husband and my mother.
Thank you Dorie for this weeks challenge. It may not be the most visually appealing tart but I am very proud of it, and it didn't end up anywhere near the bin ;-)