Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Pear Tart

Okay so this week's TWD really is 'with Dorie', Dorie Greenspan picked this week's recipe herself. How awesome is that?

This selection was a little involved, especially since I was making two small tarts instead of one big tart and I had to do math. Add to that the fact that I was not really feeling the baking bug this week and you've got a lackluster baking performance on my part. Which is totally embarrassing considering the author herself picked the recipe this week (hides face in shame).

I made the tart dough on Sunday and put it in the freezer until I was ready to use it Monday. I didn't use a food processor since I deemed my waaay too small, just my hands. The almond cream was quick to make, I used a handmixer. However, it wasn't until after the filling had been made and the tarts were in the oven that I realized I had used too much butter. The recipe calls for 6 tbsp., I used a whole stick, which is 8 tbsp., by mistake. Ugh. And even though it felt a little bit like sacrilege I used canned pears. I had two lovely looking Bosc pears on my counter but peeling pears, really peeling any fruit, is not my strong suit. I had two mini tarts in the oven plus a little souffle dish with the leftover almond cream. They were in the oven for about 40 minutes before the filling puffed up. (please ignore my ugly oven)Doug loved the tart, he kept saying "this is awesome. this is so good." I liked the tart but not as much as he did. Plus since I knew I had messed up the filling with the extra butter it felt off to me. My tarts don't look nearly as nice as the ones I've seen posted from my fellow TWD-ers but I gave it a shot. Thanks again to Dorie for taking time to answer the questions everyone has asked over the year and for participating with us. Her book has some wonderful recipes and stories and I am happy to be a part of Tuesdays with Dorie. I always have fun making the recipes and trying things I've never even considereing making on my own.

12 comments:

juju73 said...

These were SO delicious! Nice job on the tart!

rainbowbrown said...

I'm glad you made them even without the baking bug bite. They look adorable, all small and puffy.

Kimberly Johnson said...

I think your little tarts look great!

pinkstripes said...

Your tartlets look cute! I loved this recipe it was sooo good.

slush said...

I agree, they are so freakin cute! Great job!

The Food Librarian said...

Sooooo yummy! Your little tarts looks perfect. I could eat a whole tart! :)

Rebecca said...

These look yummy. What's an extra two tablespoons of butter amongst friends? Negligible, I tell you.

TeaLady said...

Great job on those little tarts. They look just the right size.....

Leslie said...

Great photos! I think your tarts turned out great! There's no such thing as too much butter in my book...it just adds flavor!

Jacque said...

Your little tartlets came out so cute! I'm glad your hubs liked it so much... brownie points for you!

chocolatechic said...

I used canned pears too.

I figure if Dorie recommended canned, it was canned I'd use.

Christine said...

Every now and then everyone doesn't feel like baking. I couldn't tell that you had it cos your tarts looks delicious!