First up, a gorgeous Pear and Cranberry Tart that two of our readers (who also happen to be amazing Little Black Book photographers otherwise known as The Youngrens) crafted on a lazy Sunday morning. This is the perfect ending to a simple Fall meal and one that I will most certainly be making in the coming weeks.
From, The Youngrens…This sweet and sassy pie is just the right balance of sugar and tart, with the creamy pears mellowing out the lip-smacking cranberries. It’s the perfect treat for the holidays with its festive colors and flavors and it is quick and easy! This dessert looks way more complicated than it really is. Shhh… don’t tell anyone though… You can still pretend you spent hours in the kitchen today instead of hours in your PJs on Pinterest…Enjoy!
FRESH PAIR + CRANBERRY TART
1 recipe Single-Crust Pie
8 cups sliced red and/or green ripe pears (7 to 8 pears; 3 to 3-1/2 lb. total)
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons apple cider or water
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons caramel-flavored ice cream topping, plus additional for drizzling
1. Prepare and roll out Pastry for Single-Crust Pie (below). Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Arrange half of pears in prepared pastry; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cranberries. Arrange remaining pears atop cranberries. In bowl stir together 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, cider, and nutmeg; drizzle evenly over pears. Cover pie with foil.
3. Bake 40 minutes. Remove foil; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake, uncovered, 30 to 35 minutes more or until pears are tender and juices are bubbly. Remove from oven and place on wire rack.
4. Meanwhile, in small saucepan combine remaining cranberries and 2 tablespoons caramel topping. Bring to boiling. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Spoon over hot pie.
5. Serve warm. Drizzle with additional caramel topping. Make 8 servings.
PASTRY FOR SINGLE PIE CRUST
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
4 – 5 tablespoons cold water
In bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon water at a time, until flour mixture is moistened. Form dough into ball. On floured surface flatten with hands. Roll dough from center to edges into a 13-inch circle. To transfer pastry, wrap around rolling pin. Unroll pastry into a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan. Ease pastry into plate without stretching it. Trim pastry to 1 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry.