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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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.
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.