Tuesdays with Dorie: Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart

December 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 37 Comments

rosy poached pear and pistachio tart

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!

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read I’ll Eat You.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Ciao ! Your tartlet looks so nice ! I want to try the reduced sauce with some nice aged cheese like pecorino it must be great !

  2. Your tart looks perfect. Mine is barely presentable, but still tasted like heaven.

  3. I love your little mini-tarts — I’ve got to get a pan that size. I’m glad you liked the result of all those hours of work!

  4. What a stunning tart! I love the flavor combinations and your presentation is flawless.

  5. That is a work of art, but I would so like to poke my fork into it!!! Yum, it looks so divine!!

  6. SO so pretty. I can’t evern imagine baking that after all the TG cooking I had to do!

  7. j’aime beaucoup ta version tartelette ! c’était vraiment une très bonne tarte 🙂

  8. wow!! It looks beautiful and so professional. The colour of the poached pear is stunning

  9. beautiful presentation! I am pleased I made this, but it was a lot of work a this time of year!

  10. I love your little tart and the drizzle of the syrup is perfect. I enjoyed making this and will do so again over the holidays. Your photos are great! Enjoy the holiday baking.

  11. Your mini tart is just lovely! I like the ring of syrup around the late to decorate too.

  12. Pardon if it’s been a while since I’ve visited your blog, but I am in LOVE with your layout!! 😀

  13. Your mini tart looks wonderful. I passed on this one because I didn’t have the ingredients(made the Double crusted blueberry pie instead), but all the rave comments have me thinking I may have to do a rewind on it. Lampshade on head…hahaha!

  14. So pretty! I was really not up to doing this after all of the Thanksgiving work. You did a fab job.

  15. The colours are beautiful =) The poached pear with its two-toned hues looks almost like an overgrown raddish!

  16. Your tartlette looks fantastic! I agree that this was a tricky one to squeeze in right near Thanksgiving, but it certainly was delicious!

  17. wow that is really a rosy pear 🙂 haha I guess that’s where it gets its name. that looks like it would be in a pastry shop. beautiful

  18. Beautiful tartlet! I thought the poaching liquid was like sangria too, yum!

  19. Beautiful. If only my pears would have turned out that color! I loved the pastry cream too, so much better than the jello pudding!

  20. The saucy swirls really set off your tart. Gorgeous!

  21. I love your tartlets you did a great job styling them. We have a family friend who still makes a salad with the Jell-O Pistachio Pudding. That is the only way I have ever eaten it.

  22. wow, this is really beautiful! i didn’t even know a pear that looks like that existed.

  23. I just love the colour of those pears. I’ve never seen that before. Truly adds a different dimension to the dessert. Beautiful, as always!

  24. Wow! Your tartlette looks stunning. Beautiful job. The color of your poached pears–gorgeous! Haven’t had that JELL-O pistachio in YEARS! haha Boy, was that good!

  25. Too funny – you weren’t the only one who mentioned that it tasted like sangria 🙂 Your tart is just gorgeous!

  26. Although I don’t know you from virtual… I can tell this is totaly you: simple yet elegant and brilliant. No Nonsense. Killer tart.

  27. Beautiful! And good luck with all that extra turkey – make sandwiches! 😀

  28. Beautiful tart. I loved the custard on this, and yes, it was soooo much better than jello pistachio pudding. Definitely a keeper.

  29. Gorgeous tart! This sounds really delicious. 🙂

  30. this is just beautiful! I skipped it this week. Ah well.

  31. the gradient on those pears—so awesome! love the colors. nice job.

  32. Gorgeous! What a beautiful recipe. Flawless styling.

  33. yours is beautiful. i still need to make this. i have all the stuff…just got lazy!

  34. Now I wish I would have made this one…I guess it’s never too late, right? Yours looks wonderful, but then I expected it would!

  35. This is a gorgeous dessert!!! Stunning really.

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