Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Pie for People Who Fear Baking: Pear Custard Pie

Hear are two simple questions to assess if you will have the skills to make this amazing dessert:

1) Can you slice fruit?
2) Do you own a blender and can you successfully operate it?

If you said yes to both, then you can totally make this delicate pear dessert that looks like it came from a gourmet pastry shop. I completely heart this recipe because it does NOT involved making pie crust. Let me say that again- no pie crust.

So here is the link to the full recipe but below is the step-by-step:

1) Peel and slice pears into thin ( ~1/4") slices and lay them in a buttered pie pan overlapping in a fan like pattern. This doesn't have to be perfect.

2) Dump the rest of the ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, melted butter, salt, milk, into the blender and blend until mixed.

3) Pour the blended mix ( this is the custard) over the pears and bake in the oven.

And that's it. The custard sets and forms a firm enough base to be both filling and crust and the pear pattern can be seen just enough to give it that gourmet appearance.

Dust the pie with a bit of powdered sugar and you will wow your roommates/ spouse/ friends/ family with this.

So, please, make this pie and post a comment telling us how it went. We fell in love with the flavors of pear and vanilla and the lovely texture, can you tell?

2 comments:

Marc said...

This looks like a clafoutis, which I make in the summer with apricots and cherries. I hadn't thought about making one with pears -- perhaps that is what I'll do with the pears sitting in my kitchen, so thanks for the idea.

Lauren said...

Exactly! A friend mentioned the same thing to me. I think the vanilla and the pears are a fabulous combination. I managed not to overcook the pears so they had a nice texture that wasn't too soft. I hope you enjoy it!