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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

French Pear Tart with Pistachio Nut Crust and Candied Pistachios-Tuesdays with Dorie

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We are honored to have Dorie Greenspan host this first Tuesdays with Dorie of 2009. As you all know by now, Dorie wrote "Baking From My Home to Yours", the brilliant book of baking that our Tuesdays with Dorie group are going through recipe by recipe, writing and photographing the results on our blogs, then getting feedback via comments.

One of the things I loved about making this tart was I could make the almond cream a day or two before, the food processor made easy work of the crust and canned or fresh poached pears were an option. I love poaching my own pears, but the canned ones are peeled much smoother than mine would be. I bought jarred pears so I could could pick ones that similar in shape and size.

Ground pistachios in the crust added another element to the French pear tart and I took the theme a little farther by caramelizing some whole pistachios to garnish. Recipe below.

Caramelized Pistachios


3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, warmed or at room temperature

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and place it on the counter near your stove. Put the sugar and water in a small nonstick skillet or saucepan over medium high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves. Then bring to a boil and cook with out stirring until the sugar becomes amber-colored. Add the nuts and stir, without stopping, until the sugar becomes a dark caramel color and coats the nuts. Turn the nuts out onto the parchment or silicone baking mat, spreading them out as best you can.

When the nuts are cool, you can use them whole or chop them. Keep them in a cool, dry place until needed.

Dorie will have the French Pear Tart up on her website Dorie Greenspan. Also, check out the TWD blogroll for other variations on this very easy and elegant very French tart.

12 comments:

chocolatechic said...

I bet the pistachios were fabulous in the crust.

Way to take it over the top.

Danielle said...

So pretty, you TWD bakers are so smart using different things in your creations! I hope to live on the edge with mine as well one day!
This tart was oh so yummy!

Madam Chow said...

The pistachio nut crust sounds amazing - your tart tutned out so well!

Isabelle said...

j'aime beaucoup ta version " croûte aux pistaches " moi, j'ai mis des amandes dans ma croûte !
c'est magnifique comme d'habitude Lynn :)

Ivette said...

Wow.. your tart looks awesome! I bet it tastes as good too. YUMMY!!

TeaLady said...

Beautiful Tart!!! I bet the candied pistachios made it just better. And pistachios in the crust. Wow!!

Leslie said...

Wow! Your tart rocks! I'll have to try one with the pistachio crust.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Wow.....so beautiful and very creative! BRAVO!!!

Lillian said...

Caramelized pistachios sound great -- I must try them!

Amanda said...

gorgeous!

Joie de vivre said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Beautiful plating and presentation.

Jacque said...

Oooh, your tart is picture perfect! I like that cake stand :)

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