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
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
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

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
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.


Deborah said...

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

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

I thought of you tonight and tagged you in a little game in my post. I hope you don't mind. If you don't want to participate, I completely understand; however, if you would consider it, that would be great!!

Have a wonderful weekend, Candace

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!