Pear and Cheese Tart

Memorial Day was last weekend here in the USA, it always conjures up images of beaches, boats and barbeques.  Besides looking forward to a nice long holiday weekend, we also remembered  the men and women who sacrificed their lives.  I saw a post just recently with the words “Home of the free, because of the brave”!  How very true!

We got invited to a barbecue, and when I asked the hostess what I could bring to add to the menu, she said “I think we’re ok, but just because it’s you, I’d ask you to please bring something”.  Now I wasn’t quite sure how to take that, was it a compliment I wondered? :).  It’s fairly known around these parts that I enjoy cooking, and that I love cooking for others even more.  I decided to bring my infamous Pear and Cheese Tart – hardly barbecue worthy, but what the heck I thought!  It’s a recipe passed on by cousins Joe & Noreen, and it has forever had rave reviews.

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Assembling the ingredients – a yellow and green pear? I sent my husband out to bring either 2 yellow or 2 green pears. Is he color blind?

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Now for the base ingredients – In a cake mixer, add 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup all purpose flour, blend all ingredients.

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Add to a 10″ or 11″ tart pan with a removable bottom. Make sure you get it up the sides of the tart pan for the ripple effect.

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Now cream the filling in the mixer – 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg. Use spatula to smoothen the filling over the base.

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Thinly slice about 2 pears and add this over the filling in a concentric circle.

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I guess the yellow and green doesn’t look so bad after all – I’ll forgive my husband this time 🙂

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Last, but not least top with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional).

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees bake 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 degrees and bake an additional 20 minutes or until edge of cheese mixture is a golden brown.

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VOILA!! Would you care for a slice?… and you can’t tell the yellow/green when it’s all said and done. 😀

……And now, I’m bringing the Pear and Cheese Tart to Angie’s Fiesta Friday gathering, it’s a real treat to meet all these wonderful folks who share the same passion.  I’d like to thank the co-hosts too for taking on this brave venture. http://thenovicegardener.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/going-vegetarian-for-fiesta-friday-18/

38 comments

  1. Waves to Mr Fritz….This looks wonderful and a piece of art. If you whizz up and down the screen through the different pieces it really is like one of those moving pieces of art forming infront of ones eyes..hehe..

    Happy Fiesta Friday from me, Justine, Co Host with Mr Fritz xx

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    1. Ahh, that’s so sweet of you to refer to the tart as a piece of art Justine, thanks, it has the most incredible taste and never fails to disappoint no matter where I take it.

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    1. Oh come now Jhuls, don’t be so modest, I’ve seen your works of art many times. I’m enjoying the party, I’ll be hopping onto other sites to check out the latest additions. Always learn a lot more after visiting.

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  2. This looks gorgeous Loretta – I can see why it is so popular! I love how the pears look like petals and I bet it smells amazing with the cinnamon sugar. Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    1. Thanks Selma…yes they do indeed look like petals don’t they? I like leaving the skin on, just because it gives it that rustic look. I’ve been on the look out for your post, but haven’t seen it yet? Did you not enter this Friday? Have a mahvellous weekend 🙂 It’s summer here for sure, a high of 80 deg both days predicted….yeeeeeeeeee hawww!

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  3. I want a slice of this! I read there’s bubbly to go with? I’ll take one of each, thank you! Lovely tart, Loretta, and so beautifully executed with the pear petal design.

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  4. Your tart looks delicious Loretta! and you’re so right about us being on the same wavelength… there’s something vaguely therapeutic about arranging concentric circles of fruit, don’t you think?! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Margot – you’re absolutely right though, it’s like being in the garden, it has that calming, soothing feeling, and then you get to indulge too :). Happy weekend to you!

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful tart! Stunning presentation! Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday, I’m definitely going to be making this soon. 🙂

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  6. What a beautifully arranged tart! You are an artist! I really need to try this with an egg replacer. Do you think flax seed powder would work well?

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