Tuesdays with Dorie: Rustic Fold-Over Pear Torte

10/12/10


This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Cakelaw, from the lovely blog, Laws of the Kitchen. Normally when following recipes, not having a picture to rely on only adds to the fun. However, I really wanted a photo of this torte before jumping into it. For the life of me I couldn't picture how this was supposed to look. Add to that my irritating habit of over analyzing directions. In this case it was the crust that became the helpless victim of my scrutiny. Did I press it down too far over the batter? Maybe I measured the circumference of the crust incorrectly? Do I have a fun-house ruler? What if all this time I've been wrong about what an inch actually looks like? Luckily the torte had enough with the second guessing and just sorted everything out on it's own.

This is may not be the most beautiful dessert, but it makes up for it by busting out the flavour card. It's filled with juicy pears (I used red anjou,) plump raisins, walnuts, and a soft almond-rum custard. It's much less fussy than the name implies, so please just go with the directions and take them as they are. This would be the perfect dessert for a chilly fall night.


For the recipe, please visit Cakelaw's blog by clicking here. Thank you, Cakelaw. This turned out to be a very pleasent surprise. And I'm aways up for making Dorie's infamous pie crust! Also, don't forget to visit the other TWD bakers.

24 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

natalia said...

Ciao Valerie ! Your torte is gorgeous and I wish I could talk to the ship guy to convince him !!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Valerie, thanks for baking along with me this week. I chose this partly because of the mystery of it - I couldn't find anyone who'd made it before, even when I Googled it! You are right - this torte is not a beauty, but she sure tastes good.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

That texture looks heavenly! I think it's really beautiful; don't even second guess it.

Beth said...

This torte looks delicious! You did a great job, photo or not. You must have done everything just right. And thanks for the tip -- I didn't know a fun-house ruler would help my baking!

Jacque said...

Mmmm, looks perfect!

Clivia said...

Your forkful of torte looks so inviting. Beautifully done!

Mary said...

That looks scrumptious! Yes, I'm running out of adjectives with you, because everything looks so good! I have a big problem with measurements too--I either ignore them, don't believe them, or just can't envision them. Oh well, this torte, like many of Dorie's recipes, was quite forgiving.
:)

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Gorgeous torte, Valerie! :)

Pamela said...

Looks wonderful!

Flourchild said...

I would gobble that right down! It looks very good. I did a horrible job..I so rushed the crust and you can sure tell!

Tia said...

wow. your topping looks like crème brulée

Carole said...

Gosh, this reads as though it's delicious and I'll bet it is.

Stella said...

Hey Valerie, this sounds delicious. I love apples, but there is something extra special about their cousin, the pear (smile). Oh, and I think it looks like a pretty dessert-very rustic that top photo is. Rustic is my favorite 'look' by far...!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks so yummy!! great job:)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The torte looks great. You managed to create a winner out of a recipe that failed most people. Awesome. [That could be reason #3 :)]

Ms. Meanie said...

Looks beautiful! Love that browned top. I can't believe the dutch harbor folks haven't snagged you up yet! what are they waiting for??

Sadie said...

It looks so delicious! I'd love to try this out. Thanks for the share!

mike said...

Wasn't this the most strange but wonderful creation? I agree - I wanted/needed a photo, but looks like everyone had different results - all good! I think yours is lovely - no matter what "she" looks like!

Nirmala said...

Hi Valerie, you make everything look good and this torte is no exception. You have a very lucky set of friends who get to indulge in all these fabulous baked goods, and soon will your boat people!

In your header I noticed a delightful muffin covered in sugar? What is that? I must have it. :)

Valerie said...

They're caramel-filled sugar donut muffins. :~)

http://pixie-baker.blogspot.com/2010/01/donut-muffins-with-caramel-filling.html

Katy ~ said...

Definitely wanting a nice slice of this beauty. Ooooooh my!!!

Brittany said...

Valerie,

Your torte looks lovely and tasty! Thanks for sharing the pear love! Check us out at www.usapears.org for recipes and variety information.

happy baking!
your friends at USA Pears

Valerie said...

Thanks, Brittany!

I would love to learn more about the varieties of pears out there.

 

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