Tuesdays with Dorie: Fold-Over Pear TorteOctober 12, 2010 at 11:37 am | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 21 Comments
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!