Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Endless Opportunities

Some like it hot, orange juice that is... okay, a very limited few "some", me included. The way it soothes as it rushes down your gullet and the way it warms up every part of your body is pure comfort. It is just like a wonderful dessert!


Warming orange juice eliminates the acidity, and leaves only the smooth sweet taste of a freshly squeezed orange. But! let's be clear: it must be piping hot! It must be so hot that you can't even drink it. When you stir it, steam must escape between the swirls of foaming orange liquid. Then you wait. You wait just until it's cool enough that it won't burn your mouth, but still hot enough that it may just sear the flavor onto your throat and tongue.

I like it hot all year round, but especially when I'm sick, such as the case today. So..., while I'm resting and stocking up on Vitamin C and trying to get better for this weekend, I'll share with you a fresh pear tart I made last weekend.


My Mother-In-Law has a gorgeous pear tree in her garden which produces the most deliciously pleasant yellow pears you have ever seen. I've been kissing pear juice all summer, making jams, fresh smoothies, and this beautiful pear tart.

I was also quite excited when I learned this month's SHF theme was: Tasty Locavore Treats! (i.e. treats created from locally produced items) hosted by Mmm, Tasty. Not only would I have the perfect opportunity to showcase these tempting fresh pears, but our friends were coming to visit from Portland and so I had double the perfect opportunity to make the tart.


We feasted on this pear beauty while walking along the beach at the Great Salt Lake, after a savory breakfast at Ruth's Diner (I recommend the Eggs Florentine) and a rejuvenating hike up Mill Creek Canyon, but before a drive up to Park City and a trip down the Alpine Slide. We had so much fun during their visit! In fact, I'm sure that is why I am sick now, just sick and forlorn that they are gone! You are welcome back anytime, and please do come back!

Pretty Pear Tarte

Alex says, "Oh,
it remarkably tastes
like apple!"



Crust:

4 oz cream cheese
¼ cup butter
¼ powdered sugar
1 cup flour
Cut butter and cream cheese into crust with a pastry blender until crumbly
Add enough water to form a moist dough and knead briefly forming a ball

Roll out thinly onto floured surface
Line tart pans with crust


Filling:

8-10 pears peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Zest from one lemon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together until pears saturate and dissolve sugar

Pour evenly into tart pans, fill until even with lip of pan
Cover filling with dough
Brush tops of crust with whisked egg

Bake at F350° for 30-45 minutes, until filling begins to bubble and crust is browned
Makes one 9" tart and 3 mini tarts, or one 11" tart

Now, I have six only pears left! What should I make with them?

8 Sweet Talkers:

marlynn said...

This pear tart looks delish!! I make a lot of apple + pear tarts and cobblers and can't wait to try your recipe. Yum!

Evan said...

Awww I hope you get to feeling better! (Don't correct my grammar there, that's what we say in the good ol' south.) That pear tart looks delish!

nweames said...

I love pears, it is my favorite fruit. I am adding this tart to my pear recipes and making it soon. I just wish I hadn't canned all my pears and I would make it today.

If you have 6 pears I would make a Pear Pie. Here is my recipe

http://creatingfromscratch.blogspot.com/2008/09/pear-pie.html

It is to die for.

aforestfrolic said...

Yummy in my tummy ;-) I'm not eating sweets at the moment, but I'm thinking I could categorize that in the fruit section...right?!

Jamie :)

My Big Fat Super Super Obese Blog said...

Oh, you were so right about your blog *drools* Read some of my other stuff, I'm funny sometimes lol. Every once in a while I have to just get it all out and then I feel better :)

Camille said...

I grew up on warm orange juice - freshly squeezed from Arizona oranges! It definitely seems to do the trick when you're ill. Hope you get feeling better! And your tart looks absolutely delicious!

Liz said...

Sounds delicious! I love the crackly crust on top. Nom nom nom.

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