Tuesdays with Dorie: Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio TartDecember 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 37 Comments
I feel like I’ll be dealing with leftover turkey forever, but the holiday bundt is all gone now. Time to move on to the Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart that Lauren of I’ll Eat You picked for TWD. I will be honest and admit that making it was a bit more work than I felt like doing after just having prepared Thanksgiving dinner a couple of days before. You have to make tart dough, pastry cream, poached pears, caramelized nuts and sauce. That’s a lot of stuff, but the payoff is most definitely worth the effort. This is a stunningly delicious tart!
Pastry cream-based tarts don’t hold up so well overnight, so I made individual tartlette shells that I could fill with the pistachio pastry cream as needed. I haven’t had JELL-O pistachio pudding in years, so I’m not sure if I’d love it today as much as I did when I was little, but this pastry cream is spot-on for my tastes now…little flecks of nuts and the color is a far more “natural” green. I used bosc pears for poaching, and they sucked up all that gorgeous color from the red wine. BTW, the chilled poaching liquid tastes an awful lot like sweet sangria to me…hmmm…keep me away from the leftovers or I may wind up with a lampshade on my head!