Good Eats Wednesday

A Partridge in a Pear Tree...

Beautiful illustration from John Coulture's Blog.

One thing I love about December is receiving gift baskets at work from other companies. Although, they are more sparse these days with the economic slowdown the past couple years, we still usually manage to receive at least one gift basket from Harry & David, which typically includes their delicious pears around this time of year.

And how I adore pair tarts too. This mouth watering recipe from Reader's Digest caught my eye...

Hazelnut Pear Tart

Photo by: Rob Hagen & Dan Roberts

You will need:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped blanched hazelnuts

1/3 cup apricot preserves
2/3 cup chopped blanched hazelnuts, toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
2-3/4 pounds pears, peeled, cored, and sliced

What to Do:
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in vanilla, flour and hazelnuts. Press into a greased 11-in tart pan with removable bottom. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven; reduce heat to 350 degrees.

2. Spread apricot preserves over crust. In a bowl, combine the hazelnuts, sugar, flour, butter and egg. Spoon over preserves. Arrange pear slices over filling in a concentric circle, slightly overlappying slices.

3. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.

Serves 10-12.

Bon appetit!!!


  1. Hi Sweet Friend! Yum Harry & David is divine and that pear tart is making my mouth water! Don't you just love all the things that come with this time of year? Thank you for the delicious recipe, you know...someone really should right a book with all the wonderful recipes found in blog land...I have a stack of them!

    Love and hugs,

  2. Those Harry and David pears are THE BEST! I love them. Mmmm...I want one now.

  3. That tart looks absolutely delicious!

  4. Those pears and the tarts look yummy! We get several gift baskets at work and love to just tear into them...haha...but my thighs don't love it so much, but my taste buds do....:)

    have an awesome evening! xxoo

  5. Oh the gift baskets sound does that pear tart, delicious.

    Have a great day honey,

  6. Oooo that pear Tart looks so yummy. My mom makes tarts I should print this out. Pears are one of my favorite fruit.

    Hahha Ya know I've heard that song and never really thought what a partridge in a pear tree would like?........I don't get it as a Xmas thing now if it looks like that?? =P hehe

    Hope your doing good dear & the hunting is going great! *Hugs*


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