1/6/09

TWD: French Pear Tart and Why I Have Been MIA...


I'm back! I feel so bad that I have let myself slip like this- but the important thing is that I'm back now! To be honest, the reason that I have been so absent these last few months is that I'm pregnant again! Yep, baby #2 will be here in July- which means that I have been wracked with fatigue and extreme food aversions- however, I'm happy to report that I am now entering into the 2nd trimester so my energy is coming back and slowly but surely the thought of nearly every single type of food no longer makes me ill. I was especially happy that this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for the French Pear Tart sounded appealing to me because it was chosen by none other than Dorie Greenspan! How exciting is that?! Be sure to check out her blog for the recipe and to see how this thing should really look!!


The tart is really delicious! The crust is buttery and slightly sweet and the filling is comprised mostly of ground almonds, butter, sugar- of course this is all topped off by sliced fresh pears! While the pie baked I felt instantly transported back to my semester abroad in France. The scent of the buttery pastry mixed with the almonds was so reminiscent of the bakeries that stood on every street corner. This is the kind of dessert that tastes really complicated but is actually pretty simple and yields excellent results!


So I'll leave you with this:
Helen Mae... showing off one of her newest tricks: squinting. Note how she is blissfully unaware that in a few short months she'll be sharing the spotlight with baby peanut.

13 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Nice job on the tart and congrats on your pregnancy! You are going to be one busy woman very soon...!

Jessica said...

Congratulations on your new peanut! How exciting!

The tart just looks fantastic!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy! What wonderful news to share upon your return to blogging!

Great job on the tart!

Helen Mae is ADORABLE! LOVE the squinting!

Jess said...

Congratulations! I smiled when I saw your post because I am also pregnant (due in March) and during my 1st trimester, I was not. into. baking. at. all. Even cookies held no appeal! Don't worry, if you are like me, your appetite will be back with a vengeance now! Cute girl and cute tart!

Rebecca said...

Welcome back! So glad you're starting to feel better. Those pear "spokes" are disturbingly perfect.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Congrats on your pregnancy! You must be so excited! :D

Your tart looks gorgeous! I'm glad you were able to make it.

chocolatechic said...

Congratulations.

Your tart looks fabulous.

kim said...

beautiful job on the tart, and many congratulations on your pregnancy!!

Pamela said...

How exciting!! Congratulations! I hope you are feeling much better and continue to feel that way indefinitely. The tart looks wonderful, and your daughter is a cutie!

Di said...

Congratulations! I'm glad you're starting to feel better. The first trimester is definitely rough--I actually lost weight instead of gaining with Gillian because everything I saw (and smelled) made me nauseated.

Beautiful job on the tart--your pears look perfect!

Emily said...

CONGRATS! Wheeee! That's amazing!
Little Helen looks so cute.

And of course the tart looks delicious and elegant.

Desmone007 said...

Congratulations! You must be so excited. Nice job on the tart too...it looks so good.
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Cristine said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your tart and your daughter are BEAUTIFUL!

Glad to hear you are starting to feel better!