When it comes to fruit in the culinary world, pears may very well be the most valuable player. They can be prepared with pretty much any savory dish, incorporated into most side dishes, add some true wonderment to salads and, rather obviously, make for some of the finest desserts.
This dessert comes from one of the true classic culinary regions of the world, Tuscany. Though Tuscany is known for its wondrous wine regions, classic old world beauty and some of the best Italian food in the world -- it can also boast the fact this dessert was created there. An incredible tender and juicy pear encased in a rich crust with the slight hint of cloves. What a perfect way to end a memorable meal!
Ingredients needed to make Tuscan Pear Tart (serves 4):
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 4 large pears, peeled and halved
- 2 Tbs. butter
- ½ cup dry breadcrumbs
- 12 whole cloves
- Pre-heat oven to 375.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar and salt. Stir in the flour to make a batter.
- Remove the cores of the pears (using a melon-baller or teaspoon) and cut each into 1-inch slices. Place the pear slices into the batter and evenly coat.
- Lightly oil a non-metallic baking dish and sprinkle the bottom with the dry breadcrumbs
- Place the battered pear slices into the prepared baking dish and pour the remaining batter atop. Dot the top with the remaining butter and cloves.
- Place in oven and bake 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before serving.
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