Recipe by Caprial Pence and Melissa
Carey from the cookbook,
The combination of the graham flour in the crust
and the creamy texture of the pears and caramel is sublime.
Photo courtesy of Ashley and her
eat me, delicious.
delicious Caramel-Pear Tart recipe and dinner menu were generously shared with my by Linda Sandberg of
Newberg, OR. Linda belongs to a Gourmet Dinner Group that delights in making
wonderful foods that they share together. Check out
A Night of Comfort (Updated Comfort Food Dinner) which includes this recipe.
Pear Recipes and
Pie and Tart Recipes.
Caramel-Pear Tart with Graham Shortbread Crust
Pie and Tarts,
Yields: 12 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Poached Pears (see recipe below)
Graham Shortbread Crust (see recipe below)
Caramel Filling (see recipe below)
Prepare Poached Pears and refrigerate overnight.
Prepare Graham Shortbread Crust. Prepare the Caramel Filling.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To Assemble the Tart:
Cut the poached pears into 1/4-inch thick slices, reserving the poaching liquid for another use.
Arrange the pear slices in concentric circles in the cooled Graham Shortbread Crust.
Pour the lukewarm Caramel Filling over the pears in the crust. Bake until the Caramel Flling is bubbly, approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from
oven let cool for about 20 minutes before serving.
Serve warm with softly whipped cream.
Makes 12 servings.
5 cups white
1 cup granulated
zest of 1 orange
1 cinnamon stick
1 (1-inch thick) slice of fresh ginger
5 or 6 firm pears, peeled, halved and cored
In a heavy saucepan over high heat, combine the wine, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon stick,
and ginger; bring just to a boil and then add the halved pears.
Lower heat to medium and poach the pears until fork tender, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from
Cool the pears in the liquid and refrigerate until ready to use. (For the best flavor, refrigerate
them in the liquid overnight, if possible.)
Graham Shortbread Crust:
1 1/2 cups
1/2 cup graham flour*
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, diced
* Graham flour makes this variation taste like a grown-up graham cracker.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, graham flour, powdered sugar, vanilla
extract, and salt. With the motor running, slowly add the butter and process until the dough forms a ball on top of the blade.
Remove the dough from the food processor; if it's too soft to work with, refrigerate until it's easier to handle.
Press the dough into a well-greased 10-inch tart pan. (The easiest way to do this is to first press it
into the sides of the pan, then finish with the bottom of the pan.) Bake just
until set but not brown, approximately 10 minutes; remove from oven and let cool completely.
Makes enough for one 9- to 10-inch tart
1 1/2 cups granulated
1/2 cup water
1 cup heavy whipping
1/4 cup pear brandy
egg, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a large sauté pan with sides or a heavy saucepan, add the sugar. Carefully moisten the
sugar with the water, being very careful not to splash the water and sugar onto the sides of the pan.
Over high heat, cook the sugar mixture, without stirring, until you start to see any part
of it turning brown, then swirl the pan to even out the color. Cook until golden
brown, approximately 2 minutes longer.
Slowly and carefully add the cream to the hot sugar, taking care to pour it in slowly
because it will bubble up very violently. Add the brandy and cook, without
stirring, until the caramelized sugar has liquefied again and the mixture is
very smooth and a deep golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool until
lukewarm. Then whisk in the egg and nutmeg.