Tuesday, December 1, 2009

TWD-Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart

I have had my eye on this Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart ever since I got my copy of Baking:from my home to yours.
It just looks so beautiful and the combination of pears and pistachios sounds amazing.
Lauren, who blogs over at I'll Eat You chose this weeks TWD selection. You can find the recipe on her blog or on page 370 of Dorie's book.

I switched a couple of things in this recipe just because of things I had on hand at the moment.
I had candied pepitas and a mini pie crust leftover from this Pumpkin Cream Pie, so I decided I was going to make 1 mini pie, using the pie crust I had and the candied pepitas.
I only poached one pear and I used juice instead of wine. My pear was not turning "rosy", so I decided to add a couple of drops of red food coloring to the poaching liquid.
Bad idea.
My pear was bright red. When I sliced it, it resembled imitation crabmeat. Not a good thing.
Oh well. I used it anyway, because I didn't have another pear.

I made 1/4 recipe of the pistachio pastry cream, which was really delicious. I left the nuts in.
All in all, this was a delicious tart.
I think it would be even better with a tart crust.
Go check out the TWD Blogroll and see what everyone else did with this week's recipe!

20 comments:

Tracey said...

Beautiful tart! I love how pretty all of the pears are looking this week. I didn't get around to this one yet so we'll see if it happens today. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Lauryn said...

Ha, imitation crabmeat! LOL!!! I think your tart looks great and that pastry cream came out beautifully!! Great job!! I thought poaching the pears was so much fun!

Amanda said...

Wow absolutely GORGEOUS! I didn't make this, but will in the future sometime, too much going on right now :-/ I posted Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies instead MMMM

Nichi said...

hehehe imitation crab meat! i think it looks beautiful!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I didn't even think of imitation crabmeat until you said something about it! I think it looks lovely!

Sook said...

I don't know if I've tried a red pear.. but your creation looks beautiful and delicious!

Lillian said...

I like your pretty color, even if it is fake. (I like it better than I liked the taste of the tart, actually!)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

imitation crab-- that's too funny! bet it was good anyway!

jillbert said...

Your tart looks great! It really was delicious with the tart crust.

I never would have thought of imitation crab meat, but now that's all I can think of when I look at your pears! Too funny!

Clivia said...

I was jealous of the rich colour of your pear until you spilled the beans. It still looks perfect to me.

Susan said...

Your tart is so pretty, even if your pears look like imitation crabmeat. :D Too funny! I didn't have the ingredients to make the tart, but I did bake...blueberry pie instead! :)

margot said...

Your tart looks fantastic! How nice that you actually had suitable substitutions all ready, I would have loved to eliminate a step or two this weekend.

SUGAR B said...

Ha! You crack me up, the pear does look like imitation crab meat. I am glad you said it because I am way too nice with my comments. ;)

But I still think it looks pretty. You made it and I didn't, so that means you WIN!

Love your efforts and your baking spirit!

Sarah said...

Your tart is beautiful! If you hadn't said something, I never would have known that it wasn't wine that colored you pear! I had too much going on and haven't gotten to this one yet. I'm hoping to make and post it before next Tuesday, it looks and sounds so wonderful!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I love your little tart! the pistachio cream looks delicious - I wish I could taste it right off of that spoon. My hubs doesn't care for pistachio, so I used almonds. This one was involved, so good for you in having 2 elements on hand!

Kerstin said...

What a pretty tart and great combo of flavors!

Pamela said...

It looks really pretty! Once again, well done!

Katrina said...

I love the color you got on your pears!

Sara said...

Ooh, this sounds delish...love the idea of the pistachio cream! :)

Kayte said...

This looks so beautiful, I think the color is fantastic! I love the spoon with the cream on it...delicious! Very pretty. I am going to be sorry I skipped this one...might have to go back soon and do it. Matt is allergic to pears, so maybe when he is gone some weekend.