Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie - French Pear Tart




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  ;-) 

10 comments:

Kimberly Johnson said...

You should be proud of your tart - it looks really tasty! This was my first tart and I definitely intend to make more!

Katy said...

Your tart looks great! I'd never made a tart either, but there will definitely be more! :)

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

I love your arrangement with the pairs of pears! Adorable.

chocolatechic said...

It looks gorgeous!

Leslie said...

Your tart looks terrific! I'm glad it was such a hit with your family.

CB said...

What are you talking about? I think your tart looks great! So glad it was enjoyed by all.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Flourchild said...

Im glad your family enjoyed your tart. I love the pears on top, you did a great job placing them.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Your tart is beautiful...this recipe was so versatile, and very forgiving! You did a great job!

Jacque said...

I wondered what it would look like with smaller pear pieces. Now I know... it's cute!

I don't think you could go wrong with this tart. Yours looks perfect!

Steph said...

I'm glad the pastry worked out for you, sometimes it can be a little intimidating!