Thin Crust Pear Tart - Tarte Fine Aux Poires For Gluten Free Thanksgiving & A Giveaway

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pear Tarte Fine

As I was making this tart for Shauna's Gluten Free Thanksgiving Baking Round Up, I started reflecting on how much I enjoyed being an expat in America around the holidays. I now have an entire second family, a tight group of friends and handful of added occasions to celebrate new traditions and holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc... Even Christmas in B's family is light years away from mine. Starting with the food of course.

I did not grow up around pumpkin pie, pecan pie or double crusted apple pie but like anyone entering another family, expat or not, there are new traditions I have come to love. Some I have been privileged to make my in-laws discover as they let me bring my own creations to their tables. One of these dishes was my grandmother's Tarte Fine Aux Pommes. She was famous for it. And for good reason. One of the simplest and yet most aromatic and satisfying thin crusted pie I have ever had.

Forelle Pears

She'd start by making a very basic applesauce with heirloom and very tart apples, a bit of cardamom, and lemon. She'd then layer it at the bottom of a very thin pate brisee crust and top the tart with thin slices of fresh apples. It was thin on all counts, rustic and absolutely amazing. The textures, fragrances. That bit of crunch from the crust, the oozing applesauce underneath and the pretty slices of apples on top. A feast for all senses.

When Shauna sent out an email to put together a massive round up of gluten free baking recipes for Thanksgiving, my head started spinning. Wow! Thanksgiving was indeed so close and I felt like I was already one train wagon behind! But it is indeed necessary to start such a big round up filled with so many options for baked treats for the holidays. Whether you are gluten free or need to bake gluten free for someone coming to break bread at your table, that round up provides you with so many delectable options.

Go check it out on Shauna's blog. It's awesome. And tempting. And delicious.

Centerpiece

I first thought about making pumpkin pie but it's not our true favorite to celebrate. We tend to like apple pie and tarte tatin, tarte fines and the like. Instead of using apples like my grandmother, I chose one of my favorite Autumn fruit, Forelle pears. They are juicy and fragrant. Cute as can be and one fits in my pocket quite perfectly...

I was going to go with Shauna and Danny's recipe for Asian Pear Tart in their book but the Asian pears were literally the size of mini watermelons so I substituted Forelle pears and instead of making applesauce like Grandma would have, I followed Shauna's directions to use apricot jam. I knew there was a reason I was holding on to that last of homemade apricot jam from this summer! You don't have to go that extent but don't skip on the quality is all I'm sayin'...

Pear Tarte Fine

Did you see the giveaway going there on her blog? Pretty cool, non?! Guess what?...Shauna is graciously giving one copy of their book to one of you guys! Whether you like stories, recipes, tips, challenges, there is something for everyone. There is love to share. Beautiful words, delicious recipes and inspired photography by Lara Ferrroni. A feast for the senses!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday November 21st at midnight Easter time, when my better half will draw a winner at random. No anonymous comment, sign an initial, X or a name so I know you are not a robot! One entry per person. Good luck!

Pear Tarte Fine


Forelle Pear Tart - Tarte Fine Aux Poires - Adapted from "Asian Pear Tart" in Gluten Free Girl & The Chef.

Notes: I am writing down the recipe as Shauna and Danny wrote it for their book and adding my changes as I go along. The only reason behind my substituting flours was due to our personal preferences and what I have on hand in the pantry.

For the crust:
1/2 cup sorghum flour - I used millet flour
1/2 cup tapioca four - I used corn flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon - I left it out
pinch of salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) frozen butter
1 large egg
1/4 cup ice cold water

Filling:
6-7 medium Asian pears - I used 10 Forelle pears
1/3 cup sugar - I used 1/4 cup honey
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped - I used 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/3 cup apricot jam

Prepare the tart shell:
Sift together the millet flour, corn flour, potato starch and sweet rice flour into a large bowl. Add the sugar, cinnamon if using and salt. Sift into another bowl (I admit I skipped that part).
Grate the frozen butter directly into the dry ingredients with a medium cheese grater. Work with your fingertips until the dough feels like cornmeal or large pieces of sand.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg and the water together with a fork. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the liquid, and start gathering the dough together with your hands or a fork. Gather the dough into a ball and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.

Butter and flour an 11-inch tart shell (I used 2 rectangular pie shells). Pull the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature a little. Roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to the approximate size of your tart pan. If the dough tears a little, just piece it back together with your fingertips.
Freeze the tart dough for about 30 minutes.

While the dough is freezing, preheat the oven to 375F. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough, fill with dry beans and blind bake for 15 minutes. Let cool.

Prepare the filling:
Core and peel the pears and toss them with the honey and cardamom (or vanilla bean and sugar if using).
Spread the apricot jam evenly at the bottom of the pie shell and layer the pear slices on top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve with whipped cream if desired.











277 comments:

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audrey han said...

beautiful and elegant as always. i would love a copy of this book!

Mage said...

I love all kinds of tart! This pie should be endorsed to a mass of unhealthy-eating people. ^^

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羽翼 said...

Beautiful tart~!

Mónica said...

It's a lovely tart. It looks amazing. Thanks.

Mónica said...

It's a lovely tart. It looks amazing. Thanks.

Sophie Johnson said...

I am so inspired by both you and Shauna, and I love checking both of your pages for recipes. Would love that book.

Ruja said...

:-) very useful book !

rujica@abv.bg

fiveandspice said...

Oh so beautiful! One of my good friends has recently had to go gluten free and I directed her to Gluten Free Girl and to your baking. This book would be such a help to cooking for her, I think I'll have to get it either way!

kraftedbykelly said...

Beautiful! Love everything. :)

corinne said...

love pears! this looks so good!

Barbara said...

The gluten-free book sounds great! I'm always on the search for new recipes so this book would be a great win for me.

Julita said...

Everything looks so amazing. Awesome pictures :)

muddyfootsteps said...

Your photography is so inspiring! It gives me new ideas to try out! As well, the food looks absolutely amazing and the fact that this is gluten free, well I can serve it to my mom!

Terri said...

The tart looks amazingly delicious. I personally do not need to cook gf, but still try anyway. I think it is good for any baker/cook to be versatile and able to accommodate if needed. This is definitely a recipe I would like to try and would love to have more gf recipes from the "Gluten Free Girl & The Chef" cookbook.

Hope you have a great day
Terri :)

e.agniel said...

i would LOVE to win! my daughter had wheat allergies, but has since grown out of them, but gluten free girl helped us develop her little taste buds!

Leah said...

Your tart is absolutely gorgeous! And I LOVE that it is gluten-free - makes life so much easier for so many of us! Absolutely beautiful!

emma-rose said...

I think your site is beautiful. Keep up the awesome gorgeous inspiring work.
-Emma-Rose
Toronto, ON
Canada

Steve said...

Wow!
That looks yummy!!

June said...

My oldest girl just got married to a GF guy and they are coming home at Christmas!

First time I have ever cooked GF!

Meadow said...

My new brother-in-law is GF, and is coming to our house this Christmas!!

I will be trying new recipes!

Anonymous said...

Just signing... K :)))

SarahRx said...

I had my first experience with gluten free this year - one of the guests at my wedding has celiac's so I wanted to make sure that she could enjoy herself. My friend made a fantastic gluten free wedding cake for us - wonderful!

I can't wait to try some of your recipes as well!

Cailin M. said...

looks yummy! (:

Simone said...

Just found your blog. Absolutely beautiful and very inspiring! Thank you!

chocolatecup said...

i have asian pears here! loads and loads of them! hope to make that tart as soon as i finish my darn exams:) thanks for the giveaway
-amy

Human Potpourri said...

ME? Please?

Susan @ SJ Designs said...

The description of your grandmother's apple pie reminds me of an inherited recipe for apple "slab pie" which I haven't made in years-- must dig out the recipe! Your presentation is so lovely, it makes me want to be ever-so-much-more precise in my baking.

Miranda Valentine said...

How delicious! I'd adore to win a copy of the cookbook; thank you for offering the giveaway!

XO Miranda

Stacy Ericson said...

I envy the cook, those eating this, AND the fantastic photographer.... natural light on a tart is so lovely

Pam R said...

Yum! Looks amazing :)

Ago said...

Delicious this tart, i came to try it! i'm an allergic girl and so me too, need to eat gluten free as possible, so I'm learning...I hope to win this book! :-D

Issie Baker said...

WOW! these goodies looks absolutely delicious. But the best part is, its gluten free! Amazing. Can't wait to try it soon. yum.

ellen said...

That tart looks delicious!

Punto Reves said...

Thank you for the gluten-free crust recipe!!! My family is newly gluten-free and I have a crazy sweet tooth, so your blog is a great big help.

Thanks again,
Natalia

martina said...

I've just bought brand new single tart shells... I would try them very very soon. This one looks really delicious. Thanks to you and Shauna :)
Martina

Janet said...

Always look forward to the recipes and photographs. My son has celiac so I pass on the recipes to my daughter in law.

Brabarella Lingerie said...

yum! i've been enjoying so many blogger's cookbooks lately and playing around with vegan and gluten free...

Hettar7 said...

The tart looks so lovely! Thanks for reminding me I need to add their book to my Christmas Wishlist. I'm sure everything in it rocks.

magpie said...

Oh Pick me please! I love Gluten free Girl! And you Helen! Thanks for the awesome blog and inspirations :)

spoonwithme said...

I will be spending Thanksgiving with my gluten-free in-laws, and this tart sounds perfect... light and flavorful--perfect to eat after a rich holiday meal!

Diana K. said...

The pear tart looks beautiful! I love the pan you baked it in!

Annie said...

I've always enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for posting!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I love this giveaway! I love Shauna's work so I would be delighted to have her book!

Marius Zota said...

Discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago. Pretty nice. Wondering where you get all those nice kitchen accessories from... :)

smalltownoven said...

Beautiful tart!

McGann said...

Yum. Forelle Pears!

Suzanne said...

Thank you so much for all your posting. Your photos are inspiring and as a novice baker, I've garnered compliments that I've often given credit to you and other bloggers I frequent. thanks for all the tips and great ideas! -Suzy

Amy said...

I've been looking for tart recipes lately in order to use a glut of apples. This one looks fab!

Amy said...

I've been looking for tart recipes in order to use a glut of apples - this one looks fab!

Daniel Joseph Anderson said...

What a beautiful tart! I hope I win! I am always on the lookout for a good gluten free dessert for my friends.

Lulu said...

I'm Brazilian and this will be my first Thanksgiving. I will prepare roasted turkey and pumpkin cheese cake.
I love your blog! Your photos and recipes are amazing!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a beautiful site! and book!

Molly
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Esther said...

Apricot and pear sound like a delicious combination!

brittany said...

Your tarts always look so effortlessly beautiful... not to mention mouthwatering. Mmm!

Kat said...

Wow, that tart looks divine! The lighting in the photos makes it appear even more heavenly.

Ann said...

I love your blog, and your lovely desserts. Thank you!

Esme said...

What a wonderful giveaway-thank you.

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natwhat said...

Awesome giveaway! :) Thanks!!

betty said...

this tart looks amazing xo

Anne-Marie said...

Looks so delicious!

Emily Nelson said...

beautiful pictures! I can't wait to try this recipe!

julie said...

I've enjoyed several recipes from your blog. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

Julie Vinogradsky

Jennifer said...

Je n'aime pas les poires, mais tes photos sont tellement magnifiques qu'elle me donnent presque envie d'en manger.
Thank you for your wonderful blog :)

Holly Dart said...

stunning! Would love to win your book!

vineela said...

Hi,
Love the tart.My toddler loves pears.Thanks for sharing.

Cory said...

Looks yummy! Can't wait to dig out my tart pans:)

Amparo said...

love this tart... it looks delicious!!! ;)

Chris Riker said...

Thank you for delving into the world of gluten free and highlighting the fabulous work that Shauna has done to make a "Free" life enjoyable. Happy Holidays!

Alyson said...

My best friend doesn't do the gluten. I'd love to win this and give it to her as a Christmas present!

Perfect Bride makeup and hair said...

Thinking of going gluten free, thanks for the supportive info!

christa said...

I love your blog and all of the yummy recipes. I've already tried a handful of them, and I'm anxious to try a macaron recipe, which is what originally brought me here. Keep up the lovely work!

karin said...

I am starting to bake and cook gluten free for my husband and would love to have this cookbook.

looc said...

This looks and sounds great!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Michelle said...

Gorgeous tart! And oh, how I would *LOVE* a copy of that book. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!! =)

Miriam Leigh said...

I love the horizontally-sliced pears in this tart -- they are so pretty and round and perfect.

LJ said...

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration!

Leslie Maksik said...

Can't wait to copy this lovely tart. Just gorgeous. My mouth is watering.

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