Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart

Lauren of I'll Eat You chose Dorie's Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart this week, and wow, what a stunner! Absolutely perfect for the 1st of December because this beauty just screams Christmas.

I think I was lucky to find some ok pears from the very limited selection available as it's not pear season here. Once poached they were perfect, just a little on the small side.

The pastry cream was fabulous, such a full flavour, however it never got as firm as it was supposed to. You can see from the photos that my pears were already sinking into the pastry cream and once cut, it oozed everywhere. Didn't affect the taste though!

The taste test ...

This is definitely a special occasion recipe. Crisp, buttery pastry, rich pastry cream and tart pears. And that pistachio praline? An absolute revelation! It was a shame it was so messy to serve.

Thanks for a wonderful pick, Lauren. You can find the recipe on her blog.


  1. Great looking tart Susan! This one was pretty special, wasn't it.

  2. Your tart is gorgeous! This is definitely not an everyday dessert!

  3. well it looks fabulous to me! I still want to make this, and while i don't skip too many TWDs, I might have to this week :( There's just not enough time in a day!

  4. Wow! Susan, your tart is stunning! Beautiful job. Had to skip this one, and after seeing yours--can't wait to make this tart :)

  5. I'll second that Wow! Beautifully done tart. I am relieved to know that your cream didn't hold its shape. Mine didn't either.

  6. It did look really pretty, but we just didn't love the taste. (I agree about the candied pistachios, though -- I'll be making those again for sure.)

  7. Your tart looks absolutely gorgeous!!! I love how you arranged your pears! I had a lot of fun making this! And it tatsed amazing too!

  8. Looks fabulous! I passed on this one. There were too many ingredients I didn't have. I did have everything on hand to make Dorie's Blueberry pie though. :)


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