Tuesday, January 6, 2009
TWD: French Pear Tart
One year ago, Laurie, from quirky cupcake decided she wanted to "bake through" the cookbook "Baking: From my Home to Yours", by Dorie Greenspan, which means she planned to bake every single solitary recipe from the book. This is no small feat, considering there are hundreds of recipes. I don't even know how many... 200? 300?
She asked if anyone would like to join her, and "Tuesday's with Dorie" was born.
The response was overwhelming. Of course, we bakers wanted to join in! It's a gorgeously photographed book with a huge variety of delicious sounding recipes. Who could resist?
In celebration of TWD's one year anniversary, Dorie Greenspan herself has chosen this week's recipe French Pear Tart.
(I topped one slice with blackberry puree.)
The tart consists of a sweet tart dough (which reminds me of a shortbread cookie) with a ground almond based filling topped with sliced pear halves.
The verdict? I'm already a fan of almond flavored desserts so it wasn't hard for me to love this tart. The pears gave it a velvety sweetness that perfectly complimented the almond filling. It almost seemed to me like a giant cookie, topped with almondy goodness.
I would definitely make this again.
Thanks so much to Dorie for picking this lovely dessert (you can find the recipe on Dorie's site, or better yet, do yourself a favor and buy the book) and to Laurie for starting this most awesome baking group. I personally have grown by leaps and bounds as a baker, and also I've become much more open-minded about trying new flavors. Thank you both!!