Friday, April 24, 2009

SWEET AND SAVORY PEAR TART my hemc #32 contribution

HEMC or hecho en mi cocina (made in my kitchen) is a blog that hosts monthly events for other bloggers to participate in. Each month an ingredient is selected, in this case puff pastry, and anyone can make a contribution by:
· creating something with that ingredient
· taking a picture of it (optional)
· posting it on your blog, indicating that this is your HEMC contribution
· notifying HEMC that you have done so by leaving a comment on their site with a link to your recipe
At the end of the month all the contributions are displayed on HEMC for all to see. This is my first time participating in the event. This recipe is an adaptation from the “Warm Pear Tart with Blue Cheese and Honey” in Tyler Florence’s Eat This Book, one of my favorites. The ingredients are pretty much the same but by changing a few things here and there, I have made it more to my liking. The process couldn’t be easier and the result is delicious and eye-catching.

250 g or 9”x 11” puff pastry
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c tbs butter
2-3 pears, cut into ¼ slices
Honey for drizzling
1/4 – 1/3 c gorgonzola
2 tbs toasted almonds (preferably marcona), coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 F or 200 C. In the meantime roll out the pastry onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. The pastry needs to remain cool so place it in the refrigerator while you get your other ingredients ready. Arrange the pears on the pastry to your liking leaving an inch or so for a border. Sprinkle with sugar and dot with butter. Bake for 40 min, turning the tart after 20 min. After 40 minutes, carefully place the tart directly on the rack with the use of a wide spatula and cook for an additional 5 minutes. This will ensure that the crust is crisp in the center. Remove the tart and place on a cooling rack. Dot the tart with gorgonzola, sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with honey to your liking. Serve warm or at room temperature.

HEMC requested that I post my entry in Spanish as well…..

HEMC o hecho en mi cocina es un blog que se dedica a organizar eventos en cual otros bloggers puedan participar. Cada mes escogen un ingrediente, en este caso hojaldre, y todos que quieran contribuir tienen que:
• cocinar un plato relacionado con el tema
• tomar una foto (es voluntario)
• crear una entrada en tu blog que especifique que esa es tu contribución
• dejar un comentario en HEMC con enlace a tu receta
Al final del mes todas las contribuciones se exponen en HEMC. Esta es la primera vez que participo en el evento. La receta es una adaptación de “Warm Pear Tart with Blue Cheese and Honey” en Eat This Book, escrito por Tyler Florence, uno de mis favoritos libros de cocina. Los ingredientes son mas o menos iguales pero al cambiar un par de cosas he consiguido algo mas a mi gusto. La elaboración no podría ser mas fácil y el resultado es delicioso y atractivo.

250 g hojaldre
50 g azúcar
50 g mantequilla
2-3 peras, cortadas con un grosor de ½ cm
50 g gorgonzola
2 c.s. almendra tostada y troceada (preferiblemente marcona)

Pre-calentar el horno a 200 centígrados. Mientras se caliente, colocar el hojaldre sobre una bandeja con papel de plata. Es importante que la pasta se mantenga fría así que ponerla en la nevera mientras prepares los otros ingredientes. Colocar las peras encima de la pasta a tu gusto dejando un borde de 2-3 cm. Espolvorear con el azúcar y poner la mantequilla en trocitos. Cocinar por 40 minutos, girando la tarta después de 20 minutos. Al cabo de los 40 minutos, poner la tarta, con mucho cuidado y la ayuda de una espátula ancha, directamente sobre la rejilla del horno por 5 minutos. Esto asegurara que la costra del centro quede crujiente. Retirar la tarta del horno y colocala encima de una rejilla para que se enfrié un poco. Repartir el queso en dados, las almendras y la miel a tu gusto. Servir templada o a temperatura ambiente.


  1. Hi Nikki,
    I'm very happy for your sweet HEMC participation.
    This savory pear tart is very good and pear-gorgonzola are a very nice couple.
    I'm sure that your pastry chef sister would like it very much.

  2. WOW, such a nice dessert. Love the combination of flavors.

  3. Pear honey and blue cheese is such a great flavour combo! That tart looks really good!

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