Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chocolate and Pear Tart - To Love!

To LOVE!!

When A was packing his bags and getting ready to go on another one of his trips, I got really upset because more than a week-long trip meant that this would be the first Valentine's Day when we'd be apart! But to tell you the truth, this one turned out to be probably the best Valentine's day I had ever had (sorry A!) because for the first time, I got to spend it with the love of my life. Just the two of us!



The day began with us waking up to each other in the morning. Then a nice breakfast with us chasing each other all across the house followed by a long walk on a sunny and warm day. By the evening, we were so tired having fun all day long that we just cuddled on the couch watching our favorite movie and eating chocolate (chocolate and pear tart to be specific!). And just a little while back we ended our most wonderful Valentine's Day with a good night kiss!



I am sure you have guessed it by now! Little monster was mommy's Valentine and she just made the day perfect just like she does effortlessly with every day of my life ever since she was born!

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But whatever I do, she is and will be a daddy's girl. She has been missing Papa so badly for the past few days and whenever we miss papa, we just make what papa loves. I'm sorry if you are fed up of seeing chocolate after chocolate recipes on Valentine's Day. But what can I do, chocolate is his favorite dessert and someone around here is missing him a lot!

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I found this recipe for Chocolate and Pear tart here a while back but just like a lot of other recipes this one was sitting in my "recipes worth trying" folder for a while now. "Chocolate needs an occasion", I'd say to myself every time I would look at this one. Recently, while I was looking at the recipe, the little monster saw a photo and jumped, "Ma! totlate (chocolate)!". So I decided, let's just make it and I got the ingredients, which were so simple that I didn't even have to make a trip to the grocery store. Both of us had a ball melting the chocolate and messing up the whole kitchen. And you should have seen her face when the tart came out of the oven!

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Do you see those holes in the tart? That's because those tiny little fingers couldn't resist poking into it!

Now the recipe that I was referring to used sliced and poached pear while I used fresh fruit wedges which I think tasted better as you could eat nice chunks of pear with creamy and smooth chocolate. You can check out the link mentioned above if you want a process for slicing and placing thin pear slices.

Ingredients:Adapted minimally from this recipe  (Serves 6)

For the crust (lightly adapted from Dorie Greenspan)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, very cold, cut into 16 pieces
1 cold egg, lightly beaten


For the filling 
3 Pears (ripe and firm)
8 oz good semisweet chocolate
3/4 cups of heavy cream
1/4 sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar for sprinkle

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Method:
Mix together flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Cut butter into very small chunks. Add it to the dry ingredients and pulse it in a food processor so that butter and flour mix together.
It will still look crumbly. Add eggs and pulse the food processor again.
A dough will form. Take it out of the food processor and work it with hands on the kitchen counter. Knead the dough for a couple minutes until the crumbly mixture is nicely incorporated.
Take a tart pan and lightly press the dough into the tart pan. The dough should cover all the sides but not lose its crumbly texture. Try not to work it too much or the butter will start to melt. Place the tart pan in the freezer for 1/2 hour.
For the filling:
Preheat the oven to 375 deg. F
Peel, core and cut the pear into quarters. Cook it in a microwave until they are just about tender.
Take out and let it cool.
In a double broiler melt the chocolate with cream. Whisk thoroughly so that it all incorporates well. 
Then add sugar to the chocolate and mix it till the sugar dissolves well.
Set it aside and let it cool.
Whisk egg and egg yolk in a mixer. Add vanilla beans or extract and mix it together.
Once the chocolate and cream mixture is cool enough pour it into the egg with mixer on medium low to combine everything together.
Take out the tart pan from the freezer. Arrange the pears and then pour the custard into the pan carefully not to pour on top of the pears but from the sides. 
Place it into the oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes but I start peeking after 40 minutes.
When the chocolate custard is puffed and set, its done. It should be a little firm to touch and slightly cracked from the edges.
Take it out and let it cool before serving, only if you can resist!

62 comments:

  1. I was wondering about the pears until I read in the end that you didn't slice and poach them. Chocolate = VDay for me, I'm blessed with a partner who agrees. Hope your little one will see her Papa soon!

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  2. What a tart Prerna. I'm sure not poaching the pears must have given a great bite to the pears. Love the first picture!

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  3. This is Fabulous Prerna!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  4. Gosh that was a very cute post. Loved the recipe and the pictures. Since I'm a mom of another little monster, I can imagine what fun you would've had ;)

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  5. Yummy looking chocolate tarts...tempting clicks

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  6. I think you're very GOOD with those recipes calls for chocolate!! I meant you're wonderful with your every creation but chocolate based recipes just shout out loudly and wonderfully! Need I say anything more about this tart?? Just gorgeous! :)

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  7. What a gorgeous tart! Beautiful and very tempting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. This looks very delicious .. my V-day was a bit different.. first time we were together on V-day after 6 years :D

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  9. How sweet! I'm glad that you two managed to have such a nice day :) This pear tart sounds delicious.

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  10. Great work Prerna.....It looks Yummy indeed

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  11. What a wonderful day and such a beautiful and delicious looking tart ~ How much sweeter when made with help. :-)

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  12. Thanks so much guys! Yes, that was a wonderful day for us and yes, we cleaned up the plate with tart :-)

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  13. Great way to spend V-Day even if its sans the Hubby ;) He sure missed you both and that delish tart :D

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  14. Beautiful n tempting clicks....tart looks perfect n fabulous dear...

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  15. Mindblowing...beautiful tart and amazingly beautiful photographs...

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  16. Beautiful looking tart :) love the way you have captured it. Chocolate flavor and pear are a superb combination to imagine :)

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  17. Awww what a sweet post. and who is this cute little world is stretching those fingers? :-) and Prerna, about the recipe and the post - I am speechless. May be when I get my words back, I will write something which will justify both. Happy Friendships Day.

    Did you save some for the Papa?

    xoxo

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  18. awee what a adorable valentines day it sounds like, love the picture of cute fingers and pear. What can i say about the tart exquisite. Its friendship day in Finland so happy friendship day to you! Love!

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  19. I'm glad you had a great V_day despite your husband being away. Beautiful tart and amazing pics!

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  20. Can't think of a better way to spend VDay :)

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  21. LOve all the shots asusual and the hightlight of the pictures is cute little one is stretching her fingers to show she too loves the pear and thats awesome.. Hope u had wonderful valentines day and friendship day. This is such awesome treat.

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  22. Prerna, I have one word for you...MAGNIFICENT!!!! Love the tart and your photography is Superb as usual! :)

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  23. We have to be grateful for our little monsters, especially when Daddies are away:) I am sure your V-Day was great.
    The tart looks very inviting - and I don't mind chocolate (in my book, you can never have to much chocolate:)

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  24. Beautiful. Sounds like a perfect Valentine's day.

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  25. So glad to have found your blog. What beautiful pictures! I'm looking forward to browsing through more of your recipes/photos - thanks!

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  26. Prema,

    I do adore this recipe and really need to try it myself. You've done a beautiful job, my friend.

    -Brian

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  27. Oh Prerna..... I always look forward to your posts and you always bring us sometign mouth-watering! And the pictures just keep getting better and better. I want to be a photographer just like you when I'm all grown up!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous photos and I love the story about you and your little monster behind this post. So cute.

    The tart looks so delicious. Definitely something this sweet tooth would love. I'm adding to my ever expanding list of must bake recipes ;)

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  29. Awesome picture as usual. And i love the tart concept. I have to try this one day. Your story is so cute :)

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  30. so beautiful!! I love the idea of non-poached pear in the tart, too. Sometimes poached pear in tart reminds me of canned stuff :P

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  31. Beautiful. Glad you retweeted it. I don't get enough time to peruse the food blogs these days.

    And I love those little fingers!

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  32. Lovely story, pictures and recipe. I'm not an all out chocolate lover and to be honest get a bit fed up cooking it for my family (who are!) but combined with pears in a tart is different. Not usually a fan of tinned fruit, I suggest you could actually use tinned pears here if short on time as they cook well with chocolate. Maybe you disagree? Anyway recipe bookmarked in 'to-do' list.

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  33. Prerna, what a beautiful and charming Valentine's you had! My heart melted when you pointed out your little one's fingers poking into the tempting tart :) I will absolutely have to try this!

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  34. Such a sweet Valentine's Day with your little one!! This tart looks amazing and I love the little finger holes. How could one resist this masterpiece and time spent at home with mommy eating treats :) xo

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  35. My huisband was away on Valentine's day too and I also spent it with my two little Valentines...

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  36. Oh Gurl ........ Your recipes n clicks are fantabulous !!!

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  37. I just love this! I've never made a tart like this with a chocolate batter before, and now I know I definitely have to try it!

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  38. Pear and chocolate...it's just gonna be sweet! gorgeous-looking tart!

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  39. Aww, I loved seeing her little hand in the photo, my 14 month old is always getting her hands in my set :)

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  40. What a sweet post about your day with your sweet girl. Your tart is gorgeous - I need some crust tips from you!

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  41. Such a sweet story, what a perfect way to spend the day! I adore chocolate and pears together.

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  42. Gorgeous tart and perfect pairing of the pear and the chocolate. At the risk of sounding redundant beautiful job as always!

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  43. Beautiful photos, as usual. I love the combination of pear and chocolate in the recipe. Your Valentine's Day sounds just about perfect. :)

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  44. Wow, what gorgeous photos. Amazing. Looks delicious to boot. Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!

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  45. it looks awesome! I have a similar one on my cooking wish list for a long time :)

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  46. Beautiful looking tart! You have captured it so well. Sounds like you had a great day!

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  47. For as elegant and beautiful as it looks, I can imagine it only tastes even better. Stunning photos; I'm tempted to lick the screen!

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  48. We LOVE your blog and we LOVE your photography. You inspire us!

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  49. Love the chocolaty tart and the flowers! It is there i=on my baking list this weekend. Lovely pictures, Prena.

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  50. How sweet! And such beautiful pictures, too.

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  51. Beautiful chocolate treat. Do you think apple will be a good substitute for pears? as it is very rare to get pears here.

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  52. Wow, what a wonderful and overwhelming feedback! Thanks guys :-)
    @Vimala- U can definitely use apples or any other kind of fruit like plums,nectarines n so on.

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  53. What stunning flowers and shots as well. So sweet that you got to spend V-day with your sweet girl. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

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  54. Awww, sooo sweeett!
    Ur daughter is a darling , so are u:-)
    The chocolate pear tart looks fantastic!

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  55. Your tart looks amazing and sound delicious. Your post photos are stunning...great job!

    We invite you to share this post and some of your favorite posts on Food Frenzy.
    Please check out our community at http://blogstew.net/foodfrenzy

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  56. I'm a new reader and looking forward to reading more. Your pictures are absolutely lovely. And this recipe sounds absolutely perfect :)

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  57. What a gorgeous tart and a delightful story of you and your daughter's delightful Valentine's Day! I am glad that it was a special time. :)

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  58. that tart looks wonderful, holes and all!! my 3 year old does the same...so we frequently have "holey" desserts :) Hopped here from jessica's post about naan. i'm going to try that soon!

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  59. Beautiful pictures indeed!

    I'd love to try this recipe. Although I'm pure vegetarian, means no eggs. I'll try using egg substitute in the recipe.

    Check out my cooking blog too:
    http://www.shvetasrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  60. I agree with your husband, the more chocolate, the better!! That tart looks amazing :)

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