Tartes aux Poires or Baking the Pear Pie French Style

Tartes aux Poires

Hello fellow foodies to another weekly feast:

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This week I would love to share a delicious healthyfied recipe with a French cuisine background. “The tarte” is a pie that does not only sound delicious in an exquisite way, but also has a long tradition and history. It is not as hard to make as most of the people assume and it can be actually a quite healthy dessert with a few tweaks here and there. In my case I added some whole wheat flour, just used little sugar (next time I will make a try to use agave instead) and replaced half of the butter-fat with soy yogurt.

My poor boyfriend had to move quite a bit around the kitchen while I figured out the best lighting for the pictures. Finally he found a corner to just sit down on the flour, revolved by the kitty.

hon and kitty

Tartes aux Poires

This recipe fits an 9 to 10 inch pie

filling

  • 1 huge pear
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • few drops rum aroma
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flour

pears and raisins pears and raisins

Pit the pear and cut it in fine slices. Arrange them on a plate, drizzle with raisins, lemon juice, rum flavor, cinnamon, vanilla mixture and flour. Afterwards mix everything nicely through – it is all right if it looks like an Eton mess.

butter and yoghurt

dough
(alternation of this recipe)

  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat/ all purpose flour mix
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter + soy yogurt mix
  • 1/3 cup soy yogurt
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

doughs

I placed all of the dough ingredients in a huge bowl and brought them together with a hand mixer. Afterwards I followed theseinstructions for dough folding and left it for half an hour of rest in the fridge.

topping the tarte

As soon as time has passed (and you probably worked on the mess you left in the kitchen), preheat oven to 425 degrees and take out the dough and roll it out on a flour surface. Work fast, so that the dough is still cold and can be rolled out thin. Thinner than on my pictures, my tart was a little too tough at the end. Place the rolled out half in your pie dish and fill it with the sliced pear in a fish scale pattern, drizzle raisins and nuts on top (I did half walnuts and half cashews here – due to my boyfriends antipathy regarding walnuts), set aside.

braiding

Roll out the other half the same way, then cut in broad slices. Braid the slices over the prepared pie and press the ends on the dough beneath.

out of the oven

Place the tarte in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes and check in between for desired grade of browning. Enjoy still warm – that is the point of over the top deliciousness!

And here some other food I enjoyed in my first week Organic On A Budget week.

tofu scramble

This one is my favorite tofu scramble, made with a mixture of firm and silken tofu and a lot of Indian spices. This special mixture has to be devoted to my best friend – she truly is a freak for pumpkin and shared this meal with me on Monday evening.favorite cookis and tea

And here you have my favorite store bought chocolate cookies. I could never stand chocolate cookies due to their slightly scientific aftertaste – this ones taste like homemade plus they are organic and vegan, win win! I did also purchase another package of my favorite green tea for my aunt. It is the mildest Sencha I tasted yet and I really do hate when a green tea comes out bitter.

What were your favorite buys this week?

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9 Comments on Tartes aux Poires or Baking the Pear Pie French Style

  1. What a gorgeous tart! And great idea to substitute yogurt for some of the butter. I love pastry crusts, but some are just too densely “butter.” And your tofu scramble looks so good! I always add turmeric to mine to make them yellow, haha, but I rarely ever go full Indian with the spices. It would be delish though!

  2. That tart looks magnificent! And I know what it feels like to search for the right light for food photos! My kitchen gets zero natural light one hundred percent of the time, so I’m always taking my meals to my living room floor, or outside on our balcony. My boyfriend looks at me weird…

    My favourite buy this week… hmm. Probably my new lunch box!

    • hahaha, yeah, I am running around with dishes – or half prepared dishes – all the time. He is already used to it. On the other hand, the food is always nicely arranged and I am pretty sure that it tastes better this way ;)

      I do love lunch boxes! Is it like a bento?

      • YES IT IS and it has changed my life forever. It’s over on my wiaw blog post. It’s sillicone and it collapses for easy storage! It probably plays classical piano too.

  3. That pear pie looks delicious and gorgeous :) Thanks for sharing. Happy WIAW!

  4. Your tart looks too beautiful to eat, and the tofu scramble sounds great with Indian spices. Which store carries those cookies? My in-laws will be visiting from Munich in a couple weeks, I’d love to try some healthy German snacks (we have a ton of Dutch cookies, already!) If you have other recommendations (gluten-free) please let me know, thanks! :)

    • Sadly I do not have any experience with a gluten-free diet (probably good material for another challenge) and therefore I don’t really buy glutenfree cookies. I doubt that those beauties are… let me check… no, they are made of speltflour.

      Anyways I would recommend to go into organic stores or supermarkets (in German it’s called “Bio”). If they are big enough, they do have a range of gluten-free products.

      (my cookies and the tea are from Alnatura by the way, it is an organic brand which is sold in the convenience store “DM”)

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