A friend gifted me some homegrown pears. What delish dessert to make? How about a rustic tart? I was time limited so no time for a raft of cute little tartlets that had to have their crust rolled out one at a time and fitted into the 4 tartlet pan. Good plan. Then, I added some frozen cranberries to zing it up. Plus a touch of cinnamon and allspice. And a sprinkle of glittery sugar to fancy it up. Just delish!
I used some small Moonglow pears, another good choice would be bosc pears, just make sure they are within that narrow ripe pear window; not under ripe and not squishy. The holy grail of pears; that moment of ripe before they go bad. That. They need to be peeled, cored and then chopped, in that order. Especially bosc pears; their skin is not tasty but the are great for baking with.
Pear Cranberry Rustic Tart
First, make the crust and chill it a bit while you peel, core and slice the pears
GF Pie Crust:
1 c plus 2 tbsp brown rice flour mix (at bottom of recipe)
2 Tbsp sweet rice flour
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
6 Tbsp cold butter cut into 6 chunks
1 lg egg, room temperature
2 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice
Mix dry ingredients in bowl of stand electric mixer. Add butter and mix until crumbly and resembling coarse meal. Add egg and juice. Mix until it comes together into big chunks. Shape into a flat fat disc with your hands. Put it in a pie bag, on a large piece of sturdy plastic or on a crust sized piece of wax paper (14 x 14 inches more or less), put another piece of wax paper on top and chill it all in your fridge 15 minutes
3 -4 cups peeled and chopped pears
2/3 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. granulated tapioca
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp. allspice
a sprinkle salt
Mix dry ingredients; add to the fruit in a bowl, stir and let sit while you roll out the crust.
Directions: Roll out the somewhat chilled crust between the two sheets of wax paper into a disc; maybe 14 inches, try to get the thickness even, no thick middle! I use my pie bag as it works great. Peel off one side of paper and place on pan, centered. Remove other slice of wax paper or plastic.
Using a big spoon place your filling carefully on the crust but leave a 1 ½ inch border of crust untouched all around the fruit. Fold that excess crust up to make walls around the fruit filling. Sprinkle with 1-2 tsp. chunky sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes; golden brown crust and a bubbling, cooked looking filling. Cool at least an hour before cutting. Great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!