Thursday, September 23, 2010

~ Rustic Pear Tart ~

Rustic Pear Tart

I want to preface this by saying that I made a sugar-free version of this for a friend so you will NOT see the larger crust that almost envelopes the tart OR the coarse sugar OR the topping!  I hope that you will make your own version ~ it really is delish!  My preference is the sugar-free version....honestly!  ;-)


Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
Ingredients:
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar  (I used Splenda & about 2 T.)
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
2 to 3 tablespoons cold water
FILLING:
3/4 cup sugar  (Splenda again!)
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons dried grated lemon peel
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 medium ripe pears, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon butter


TOPPING:
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon coarse sugar


GLAZE (optional):
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
 Directions
In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out to a 14-in. circle. Transfer pastry to a 14-in. pizza pan.


In a large bowl, combine the sugar, almonds, flour, lemon peel and cinnamon. Add pears; toss to coat. Spoon over the pastry to within 2 in. of edges; dot with butter. Fold edges of pastry over pears.


For topping, beat egg white and water. Brush over pastry; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.


For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla. Pour over warm tart. Sprinkle with almonds. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10 servings
 
I'm joining Foodie Friday ~  stop by and see all the mouthwatering dishes!  This is the time of year that I begin to enjoy being in the kitchen again.

10 comments:

Deborah said...

YUM! That looks great! I wish I had a piece right now!
Have a nice night!
xxoo
Deborah

shannon i olson said...

I love rustic tarts, they are so beautiful in their simplicity. looks great

Connie said...

I have pears on my counter that are ripe and ready for this recipe!
Thanks for posting!

Jane said...

Looks scrumptious! It reminds that I did not eat dinner....and am starving. I think I would like to try the sugar-free version. Thanks for including that version in with your recipe!

Candace said...

Pat Pat Pat....you are destined to keep me fat with the goodies that you post! This looks fabulous!

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Have a wonderful weekend, Candace

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Jacqueline said...

That looks straight out of a fancy restaurant. So beautiful. I would love a piece right now, and it is just making me hungry.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love how good this sounds. I've never done a pear tart...don't know why, I love tarts and pears. This will be a nice change when I burn out on apples!

bettyl said...

Oh, my! That looks so good!

Deborah said...

Both the regular and sugar free versions sound wonderful!

nancycreative said...

This pear tart looks delicious! I need to try that out!