Partridge in a Pear Tart (You Want Pies with That?)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Partridge in a Pear Tart
It's the first day of Christmas and you get a partridge in a pear tart!

Have you had one of those days (months? years? lifetimes?) where you think:
1. I'm going to the dentist on Monday at noon.
2. I'm going to lunch with Sunshine on the 8th.
And completely not make the connection that Monday is the 8th?!

Well, I thought I had til the 8th to post my pie for the monthly group "You Want Pie With That?" It turns out we post by the 3rd and then vote for our favorite by the 8th. Sigh.

Although I'm late in submitting (due at 3:14 EST - get it? Pi? 3.14??), I wanted to get my pie on! It's my birthday week (yes, I'm going to mention this until my actual birthday on Sunday) and I need to make pie (or tart)!

This month's theme was selected by Anne of Anne Strawberry (such a great blog!!) and it's Holiday Songs!

Partridge in a Pear Tart
I mixed several recipes and ideas to come up with this pie inspired by the high-rotation song, "Twelve Days of Christmas."

I used Dorie Greenspan's Sweet Tart Pastry dough and popped it into the freezer for 20 minutes (remember, I was late in my post!)

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Then I adapted Bon Appetit's recipe for Pear and Almond Tart to make the almond filling.
Pulsed together:
1/2 cup almond paste (I still have some leftover from making the pignoli cookies)
1/4 c sugar
Then pulsed:
1/4 c flour
1/2 stick of butter
Then added:
2 eggs
1/2 t vanilla
2 T sour cream (addition to recipe based on someone's comment)

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And since real pears don't ripen in the 20 minutes, I used John's Pear and Almond-Cream Tart from Everyday Food's recipe and got a few cans of pears! I brushed a little melted butter on top of the pears before baking at 375 for 45 minutes.

Partridge in a Pear Tart
And the best part? This is super darn tasty!! It has a strong almond flavor but it is also delicate and lovely. It is a great 4-days-before-my-birthday treat! (see, I can mention my birthday all week). I want to try it with real pears, apples, and my favorite Asian pears.

Partridge in a Pear Tart
Be sure to check out the other "You Want Pies with That?" bakers! They are all super creative with this month's theme!
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eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Wow that is one gorgeous tart! I love love love the second shot of the slice. And I love the way you arranged the pears.

Judy said... [Reply to comment]

OK. I'll give you directions to my house and you can deliver one of those pear tarts asap. Yummy yummy.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! This looks wonderful!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

wow this pie looks so nice and I love hoe its decorated :) pity you missed the dead line. Happy birthday . Hope you have a great day. :)Wow I m drooling looking at that picture of the pie again

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

I like the bird on top!!!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Can I tell you how gorgeous this turned out?? Wow! Great job! I have to know... did your tart pan have a removable bottom or were you just able to easily remove this from the pan? I had never owned a tart pan and I picked one up at the thrift store a few weeks ago. I decided to use it on Thanksgiving and then my recipe instructions said to use a tart pan with removable bottom. Hmm. So i ended up lining the entire thing with foil and lifting it out.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

OH MY GOSH!!! SOOOO CUTE! 1) pears are my favorite, and 2) The partridge idea = genius! I LOVE it!

Jacque said... [Reply to comment]

It looks AND sounds fantastic! Wow, so pretty :)

Happy 3 days before your birthday.

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

This is pure eye candy! Such a lovely, lovely tart... and a very intelligent combination of the partridge in a pear tree/tart!!!

What a strange coincidence, the first blog I read this morning lets me know that ...Hey! We have the exact same birthday! Sunday's THE day! LOL

Hope you manage to figure out what you'll do about the dentist and the lunch! In the meantime, have a very nice birth day/week! LOL

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Amanda, Yes, it was a 9" tart pan wiht removable bottom. Makes life much easier! :)

Vibi - Happy Birthday to you!! Wow! Same birthday! I love it!

kat said... [Reply to comment]

That is one lovely tart. My mother in law just gave me some canned peaches so I might have to try this.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a gorgeous pear tart! You must be an experienced and fabulous baker if you're mixing different recipes and it works out so beautifully.

Happy 3rd day till your Birthday!

Cathy said... [Reply to comment]

What a fun, creative idea! Your tart is beautiful, and so festive!

Beryl said... [Reply to comment]

gorgeous job birthday girl!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely stunning - first prize! Now, if I could only figure out how to get a slice over here........

NKP said... [Reply to comment]

Your pie is a work of art! It must have been hard to cut into such perfection. Please feel free to ship me any leftovers. :)

Bunny said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful!!! You can make this with apples right???!!!

Anne said... [Reply to comment]

That is absolutely stunning! Yum!

Libby said... [Reply to comment]

That's beautiful! (And looks absolutely delicious....) I'm in awe of your partridge sculpting talents.

Carrie said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, this is amazing!! My jaw hit the floor when I saw this, how creative are you! Great job!! :-)

Jen H said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE this tart! From the name to the flavors to the adorable little partridge you made. Great job!

AmyRuth said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, its beautiful and all your slicing is perfect. Great knife skills.

Bungalow Barbara said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely! I've been wanting to try one of those almond-pear tarts for a long time. I'm so impressed with the way you whipped it up so fast -- and it still looks gorgeous!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful and I do things like that all the time!

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Whoa...this is simply stunning!

Nancy/n.o.e said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful tart and so creative. Congrats! And happy belated birthday. I have some amazing ripe pears, but I'm leaving town tomorrow or otherwise I'd whip this up pronto.

Lynne Daley said... [Reply to comment]

A lovely tart! The pears are beautifully arranged and the little partridge pastry decoration really sets it off.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! I have to make this one!

Sue said... [Reply to comment]

Omg, I'm so happy to have discovered your blog!!! So many tasty looking recipes, I look forward to digging through your archives during winter break! :D

p.s. w00t, libraries and UCLA! :)

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