So its Saturday today, otherwise known as soccer central around our house. I can only imagine what it will be like when Ella gets older and decides that she too needs to play the family sport…. Heaven help me then! All I can say is that I hope Eric can figure out how to be in three different places at once…
On a more work related front, I finished up the bird quilt, which I’ve almost for sure decided I’m going to call Birdsong. Then I took a few shots of 2 other new patterns so that I could give you some peeks, but as I said before, I’m not so good with the whole peeks things, so I’m showing you the whole things instead.
You’ve already seen a portion of the ninepatch quilt [which as of now is unnamed, except for the fact that it will have the word Patchwork in it…] The Star one is called Sugar Drops becuase the stars just remind me of all of those wonderful frosting embellishments that we are seeing on all those gourmet cupcakes these days!
I have to tell you that I have fallen in love with the way my quilter has done this quilt- I don’t know if you can see it in the picture, but she has these wonderful double circle wreaths in the alternate squares… they’re making me happy.
THE DESSERT EXTRAVAGANZA
So for those of you who haven’t yet figured out this whole dessert button on the left side thing, I’ve been told that now is my appointed time. I guess we all have our 5 minutes of fame LOL.
I’ve also been told that the dessert queen bee herself has given me quite an intro… I don’t have a clue what it is as I write this, so please know to take whatever she is saying about me over there with a grain of salt :-)! I have a feeling that her effervescence might spilleth over…
SO….. DRUMROLL PLEASE…. for those of you who know me personally in any way, you know that the baker in our family is my husband. I’ve gone as far as to have him bake cookies for my kids class activities and pass them off as my own! True confessions I tell ya!
Well, this recipe is so easy & so delicious, looks so very special and fancy & is so moist & tender… that even I make it every fall when the pears are fresh and ripe. So now is the time ladies & in some cases gentlemen, the pears are just wonderful these days!
ALMOND PEAR TART
Non-stick cooking spray
1 C. unblanched whole toasted almonds
2/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
5 Tbsp. melted butter
1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2-3 small ripe pears [I put in as many as I can fit on the tart]
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar for sprinkling on the top
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly coat a 10″ pie or quiche dish with cooking spray and set the dish aside.
Using a food processor or blender if you don’t have a processor, pour in the almonds and the sugar. Process until the nuts are completely ground and combined with the sugar.
Add the milk, butter, flour, eggs, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, salt and nutmeg. Process the mixture until well combined & pour into the prepared dish.
Core and quarter the pears, leaving the skin on. Take each quarter and lay it skin up on a cutting board. Slice the section thinly, cutting from the wide part toward, but not all the way through to, the stem tip of the pear. Don’t seperate the slices, but fan them out slightly.
Arrange the fanned pear sections on the tart mixture. Many of them will sink down into the mix and a few will remain peeking out from the top.
Sprinkle with the 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the surface has puffed up and is golden brown. If you find that your edges are browing faster than your center, cover them with foil for the last 10 minutes or so to prevent overbrowned edges [I personally usually take it out around 40 minutes becuase I prefer a more moist inside and not too much browning around the outside, but that’s just personal preference…].
Remove from oven, loosen the edges and serve warm if possible with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It is delicious cooled as well. Makes 10 servings.
[p.s. I know that last picture looks like its a bit dry and more like a cake…. it really isn’t. The picture taker really didn’t do it justice. Its really quite soft & moist & delicate…. I’m think I’m going in the kitchen for another slice… midnight snack…]
Enjoy and talk soon,