Tuesdays with Dorie: Fold-Over Pear Torte

October 12, 2010 at 11:37 am | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 21 Comments

fold-over pear torte

Wow…it takes a move to make me realize just how much kitchen crap I have.  Seriously, boxes and boxes of stuff I never touch.  I have an 11-inch square pan that I used once eight years ago!  I have five flats of unopened Ball jars (was I thinking I’d be the next Smucker’s or something??).  A lot of it went into storage when we moved to Sydney four years ago, and it didn’t come out when we moved back. Until now.  My latest project is sorting though it…what to keep handy, what to put in the basement and what to say goodbye to.  Housing Works has already gotten three boxes full!

One thing I’ll never give up is my six-inch springform, which I found just in time to make a half-size of the Fold-Over Pear Torte that Cakelaw of Laws of the Kitchen chose for TWD this week.  This was the first recipe in a long time where I didn’t know what the heck I was making!  I couldn’t really tell by reading the recipe how it would turn out, and there isn’t a picture in the book for a visual clue. 

After muddling through and crossing my fingers, here it is in a nutshell: fresh pear chunks, nuts and dried fruit are suspended in a rummy custard-like batter, and the whole thing is encased in flaky pie dough.  It’s assembled in a springform for high sides to hold all that fruit and custard.  It may look like a deep dish pizza, but it tastes like pure autumn.  A delicious surprise out of the oven!  

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Laws of the Kitchen.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. I have a lot of kitchen crap too.

    Unfortunately I use almost all of it.

    Your torte looks fabulous.

  2. Looks very pretty and bursting with fall flavor! Beautiful job.

  3. Mine looked like a deep-dish pizza, as well! 🙂 Love those big chunks of pear!

  4. yours looks FANTASTIC! very professional. nice job.

  5. I love how big and thick it is. It almost looks like a cheesecake slice!

  6. Oh, a 6″ pan…I would love to have one of those. And that white cake stand, oh yeah, I would love that, too. And your sense of photography, that too…bundle any of those up when you are tired of them and send them to me. Your torte looks fantastic.

  7. that looks great! I wasnt sure what to expect either, but was pleasantly surprised

  8. This looks so good! In my last move, I realized I had more boxes labeled “kitchen” than any other room… 🙂

  9. that tart wins the “most beautiful twd photo I have seen so far” award.

  10. I love small versions of Dorie’s desserts! Your torte is adorable. :~)

  11. I’m totally with you on the kitchen “stuff” – more than I really need, but it’s so hard to resist it! Your torte is gorgeous – love the photo too 🙂 Glad it was a hit!

  12. Your torte is gorgeous!!! I have lots of kitchen crap as well – I kept all the baking tins upstairs though, ’cause I never know when I’ll need them. Thanks for baking along.

  13. I am so glad that I am not alone when it comes to kitchen stuff. Sometimes I even forget I own a certain type of pan or instrument and buy another. I have most of my stuff in large semi-clear plastic boxes because there in Hawaii there are many bugs. Your cake looks wonderful.

  14. Beautious!!!

  15. It looks gorgeous – a sort of cross between pie and cake.

  16. You reminded me how much I loved my six inch form – until I lost the base to it! I really miss it, it was perfect for making half recipes!

    The torte looks gorgeous 🙂

  17. Beautiful tart, and congrats on your new place!

  18. This looks so perfect, and it cuts so well too. no runny mess!

  19. Your cake looks amazing Steph! I’m scared to move because then my husband will realize really how much “stuff” we have in the kitchen.

  20. Oh, yeah. Hard to resist new kitchen stuff even when you KNOW you may never use it. I also have a square spring form. One day I WILL use it.

    Love the picture. Very stunning photography.

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