french pear tart


This tart had everything going against it. For one thing, I wasn’t in the mood to make a three-part dessert. For another, Dorie says that it’s supposed to be eaten the day it’s assembled, and I had my doubts that Dave and I would be eating the whole thing in one day. But that worked out – I made a third of the recipe, which I divided between two mini-tart pans. I prepared the ingredients, but didn’t layer them or bake each tart until the day I planned to eat it.


I was too tired to take photos of the finished tart the first night we ate it. But the second night was even worse – Dave had very attentively refilled my wineglass throughout the evening, and I was hard-pressed to find the motivation to take photos of food. Plus the second tart (the drunk one) wasn’t as pretty as the first tart (the tired one). Imagine that.


But all’s well that ends well, because the tart was delicious. The crust was crisp but not tough, and the almond cream complimented the pears nicely. The dessert was pretty sweet and I could have used some more salt somewhere, but I say that every week. I had never eaten anything like this, so I’m really glad I tried it.


Dorie actually chose the recipe for us this week, and the recipe is posted on her blog.ย  Dorie has been fantastically supportive of Tuesdays with Dorie from the beginning of the group. She regularly answers questions, she’s posted about the group multiple times on her own blog, and this week she took the time to answer a number of interview-type questions that TWD members have wondered about for the past few months. I love baking along with a group and I enjoy the recipes from the book, and having Dorie interact with TWD so closely is the icing on the cake.

One year ago: Oatmeal.ย  We just had this last weekend – I love it during the winter.



  1. You persevered!! I think it turned out marvelously.

  2. joelen says:

    It looks gorgeous and I love the idea of making them into small tarts. Fortunately my husband has a hungry staff at work that got to enjoy some of the leftovers we had!

  3. juju73 says:

    I think your tarts are gorgeous!

  4. Gorgeous photos! I like the small tarts too!

  5. your mini tarts are beautiful! I loved the pear/almond combination too- and I was so excited to see that Dorie actually picked the recipe this week!

  6. What a great idea! These are so pretty. The pear slices look lush.

  7. Your minis look great.

  8. Ah, minis– you gotta love ’em ๐Ÿ™‚ That looks gorgeous, Bridget, I’m glad you pulled through with it ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I think we were both a bit surprised at how much we liked these. I will definitely be requesting them again sometime.

  10. Dave – Pbbth. Whatever. You never request anything except banana cream pie.

  11. What pretty mini-tarts…perfect portion control!!!

  12. Well now I bet the thing was mighty tasty with a belly fully of wine. What a sweet man you have.

  13. fingers80 says:

    So pretty! All those flavors together must be fantastic. I really need to buy this book, don’t i??

  14. pinkstripes says:

    Your tartlets look absolutely perfect. Great job!

  15. Lovely tartlets! They look good enough to eat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Well I think ‘the drunk one’ looks amazing! I wish I had been as smart as you and not baked all of my mini tarts on the same day. Don’t know what I was thinking, but by the next day, the pastry was soggy so I threw out 3 mini tarts ๐Ÿ™

  17. Your pictures are gorgeous considering you were drinking and shooting!

  18. you know, that’s such a good idea to hold off on filling the tarts until you’re ready to eat them. they look beautiful.

  19. Oh that looks delicious AND beautiful! I made a pear pie a few months ago and really need to bake with pears more, I think.

  20. Tired or drunk, I think the tart you made looks terrific!!

  21. How elegant! I have yet to make a custard tart, so maybe this is just the inspiration I need. Keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Just adorable.

    I could have eaten it all in one day.

  23. That last picture is beautiful. Glad you were able to stick it out b/c that tart was so worth a 2 day, drunken photography session, no? LOL. Glad you and D enjoyed the recipe!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought