Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pear Tart


We have a pear tree and it seems all the pears like to ripen in the same week. I've been trying to come up with pear recipes and this one was deemed a keeper by my family.

Crust:
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup quick oatmeal
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed lightly
3/4 cup unsalted butter-cut into small cubes
1 egg yolk

6-7 fresh pears
juice from half a lemon
2 tablespoons sugar

Cut the pears lengthwise into quarters, core the pear, and slice into smaller sections, about 8 slices per pear.You'll need 6-7 pears for this recipe. After the pears are sliced put them into a bowl and add the lemon juice and sugar and toss lightly. This will allow them to juice slightly.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine flour, oatmeal, walnuts, and sugar, butter and egg yolk in bowl. Mix ingredients until they are a crumb size. You can use a mixer.

Pour the mixture into a 10 inch tart pan and press to an even layer coming up the sides of the pan, also.


Arrange the pear slices starting on the outside edge going around in a circle and then start the center circle with the remaining pear slices. Save the pear juice left in the bowl to brush the pears when the tart is fully cooked and out of the oven. This will add a nice sheen to the tart. If you don't have enough juice for this step add a little water and sugar to the pear juice you have and cook it on the stove top till it thickens slightly.

Bake the tart for 35-40 minutes or until it's lightly browned. Remove from oven, cool slightly and enjoy warm or after it has cooled completely. It would be nice with a dollop of whip cream or a la mode.

Note: I reserved a tablespoon of the crumb crust to add on top of the pears in the center of the pan before baking the tart. That is an optional step.



18 comments:

  1. oh God! i think that will be delicious! i will try ! thank you
    Manu

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  2. Can i ask you if it is possible to use weath flour? In my country in Italy i can't find oatmeal ...:-((
    Manu

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    1. Manu, the oatmeal is an optional ingredient. You could use 2 cups of flour and instead of adding the oatmeal.

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  3. I have a pear tree that is full of pears. How do you tell when they are ready to pick?

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    1. Now that's a question I didn't consider. It depends on your tree and the variety and where you live. Sometimes you can test how easily they come apart from the branch. They will be hard when you first pick them and they get soft sitting in the house. I would ask at a good garden shop in your area for tips...

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    2. I would just pick one and eat it - you'll know soon enough if they are ripe. If they are hard to bite into they are too green if they are soft and mushy you'll know they are overripe.

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    3. Thanks to both of you!!

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  4. Can you slide the tart out of the pan easily, or do you have to turn it over to remove it from the pan? It looks delicious!

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    1. My pan has a removeable bottom so it came out quite easily. If you don't have a removeable bottom I'd make sure to grease the pan well and then gently slide it out...

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  5. This combines my favourite ingredients, pears and oatmeal. Wonderful! And the photo is gorgeous!

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  6. Amazing recipe!!!! Pears are not usually my favorites, but this would definitely do the trick to get me to eat them!

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  7. How lovely!
    B/North

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  8. Wow!Was für eine Rezept.Daaaanke!.Bussi.Lu.

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  9. Do you think I could leave the walnuts out or would it be better to replace them with another type of nut such as almonds or pecans?

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    1. Jean, It would be fine to leave the nuts out or to replace them with another nut!

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