Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pear Cranberry Roll Up Tart ~ Baking Chez Moi

Per Tricia~
Kitchen shenanigans ensued as I baked this tart. 
 And they added to the fun.
My four legged sous chefs were busily monitoring the blowing leaves 
and saving our home from "intruders"..... when an actual squirrel dared
 to invade the back porch.  I managed to catch the moment on camera 
since I was already taking tart photos. Suffice to say that the scene below 
was the last moment of calm for quite some time after this sighting. 
The seasonal ingredients, wonderful aroma of the added ginger and 
the accepted (but dangerous) devil-may-care attitude to my spilling
 out fruit filling all added for a memorable baking experience. 
This proved a lovely addition to  our Thanksgiving week recipes. 
I can attest to the delicious results personally, but I am 
really looking forward to all of my taste testers being 
home to share their opinions this evening. 
A happy holiday indeed.  
And as to the continued shenanigans, I came back to the kitchen
 after uploading photos to find that the cat helped himself to the 
small bowl of "decorating" cranberries. And proceeded to roll them 
ALL over the kitchen floor.  Oh the things we give thanks for :)  

Happy Thanksgiving all ~
Per Nana~
 This pear and cranberry tart was so easy to make and delicious to eat.  
It's also absolutely wonderful as a leftover. 
We simply reheated it in the microwave for a few seconds. 

I love using Dorie's recipe for Galette dough because it is so easy to work with. 
This time I rolled it out before chilling. I found that easier than trying to 
roll a disk after it has been chilled. The combination of pear and cranberry 
for the filling was so tasty. I added Penzey's "Raspberry Enlightenment" 
spread instead of orange marmalade and it was just perfect. 

This dessert reminds me of a strudel so I am anxious to try it with apples
 and raisins, or as mentioned in the "bonne idée" - with some summer fruits. 

This marks another Tuesday recipe testing as we cook along with the "Tuesdays with Dorie" online group.  Please note that we do not post the recipes, per the group rules, but we do encourage others to RUN out and buy their own copy of Dorie Greenspan's "Baking Chez Moi".  Better yet, buy the book and JOIN THE GROUP ! www.TuesdaysWithDorie.wordpress.com


  1. Sounds like something my cat would do! Your tart turned out lovely!

  2. Sounds like something my cat would do! Your tart turned out lovely!

  3. "Raspberry Enlightenment" sounds like something I'd like to eat by the spoonful! Both your tarts look beautiful - love the pearl sugar topping.

  4. Liking what you said about the devil-may-care attitude contributing to a positive baking experience. I try to remember that whenever I bake. The tart looks perfectly rolled and baked.

  5. Both your tarts look wonderful. And what an exciting moment that must be for your four-legged sous chefs, with the sudden presence of the squirrel! :)

  6. Tricia: Those pears look amazing! I also like how you used pearl sugar on your tart!
    Nana: Your crust looks perfect! I like the color your got on it. I warmed my tart up in a toaster oven, and it was like eating a fresh tart again!

  7. I am so impressed with how much filling you were both able to get inside your tart…and have your dough stay in tact!! Wow. Great job to both of you.

  8. Those both look wonderful! I'm planning on making this for Christmas brunch this year. I think it will go over very well. I hope you both have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend!

  9. Tricia thanks for sharing all your kitchen shenanigans. We have city slicker squirrels here in Venice Beach that love to taunt my dog, never a quite moment. Glad that this tart was a hit for you. Nana your tart is picture perfect. Mine was not nearly as symmetrical. Great idea about the apples and raisins, I will have to try that one.

  10. Beautiful tarts ladies. Tricia, LOL at the shenanigans of your pets.