It’s officially the first TWD post of 2009 and Dorie herself is hosting this week for the French Pear Tart for Tuesday with Dorie's 1 year Blogiversary! “Hi Dorie!”
I was excited to make this because I absolutely love tarts. I love them so much that I have just about every size tart pan imaginable! (The girl at William Sonoma thought I was absolutely nuts when I registered for my wedding but…I couldn’t help myself!) I have made tarts a few times, however I have never ever made them the same way. So I was excited to try a new recipe once again. I have not, however, had a pear tart before nor have I made an almond cream. So this was new to me in that regard.
I made this tart in mini’s making just two of the mini tarts, and reserving the other two tarts with ‘dough only’ in the freezer to make another day!
I thought making this was rather easy, however I’m not sure I would make the almond cream in the food processor again because the FP bowl was too large to mix the cream together. I ended up switching it to my mini prep food processor half way through. Other than that, it was easy because Dorie always has a ton of information and explanations with her recipes that make it so easy (especially if you have no picture to base it on and have never made it before).
I didn’t adjust the recipe much because I was making dinner for the entire week in addition to this since I was having surgery on Monday so my mind and kitchen were on overload! ( One thing I changed was I used slivered almonds, not blanched because that was all I had, but I wouldn't recommend that because the skins made it too grainy) I DID manage to sprinkle with cinnamon and served with vanilla ice cream and it was SO GOOD!!! My husband and I both enjoyed it and I plan on making it again!
If you would like the recipe for the pear tart, you can visit Dorie Greenspan’s blog for the details, or of course, you can also buy her book, “Baking From My Home to Yours”.
Thanks for a great recipe Dorie! This one tops my list!
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Preparing the pears: