Rustic Pear Tart
Who says you can't have your tart and eat it, too? This deceptively simple fall dessert is made for special celebrations. Look for a fragrant pear that's nonetheless firm to the touch.
From EatingWell: October/November 2005
Yield: 2 servings
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/4 hours
- 1 large ripe but firm pear, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon plus 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, divided, plus additional for dusting
- 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil, or canola oil
- 1-2 tablespoons cold water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Toss pear slices, 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl.
- Whisk 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour and the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle oil over the mixture and stir with a fork until evenly combined. Add 1 tablespoon water and stir until the dough just stays together when pressed with a fork; add up to 1 additional tablespoon of water if the dough seems too dry.
- Line a work surface with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, generously dust with flour and turn the dough out onto it. Form the dough into a small patty, dust the top with flour and roll into a rustic 10-inch circle, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer the crust to a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat in place.
- Lay the pear slices in decorative, overlapping circles on top of the crust, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Spoon any remaining pear juice over the slices. Pick up the edges of the crust using a spatula and fold over the pears. The crust will not meet in the center.
- Bake the tart until lightly browned and bubbling, about 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Per Serving: 429 calories; 20 g fat (5 g sat, 3 g mono); 15 mg cholesterol; 59 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 6 g fiber; 147 mg sodium; 127 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (24% daily value).
3 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 fruit, 4 fat