Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pear Custard Pie

I find it difficult to branch out from chocolate when making dessert. It's not that I don't appreciate the endless assortment of dessert varieties available, it's that I am such a chocoholic I'm always worried I will be disappointed. 

This week, I knew I was going to have branch out. I had a bag of D'Anjou pears on hand that I needed to do something with before they passed their prime. I turned to my trusty library of cookbooks and came across this extremely simple recipe. The most time consuming part is prepping the pears. After you have completed that process, this pie will be finished in no time.

Pear Custard Pie
Adapted from Everyday Food

1/4 cup melted butter
6 small D'Anjou pears, peeled, halved and cored
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 t vanilla bean paste
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 t salt

Preheat oven to 350*
Butter a 9" pie dish. Slice pears thinly and place in the pie dish in an overlapping circle. Pulse remaining ingredients in a blender to create a batter. Pour the batter into the pie dish gently as to not disturb the pear slices. Bake for 45 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Dust with some powdered sugar if desired and enjoy!


Erica said...

This sounds simple and tasty (and not extremely heavy)! Perfect for dinner guests!

Meg said...

Oh man this looks good. I love that it is so simple to prepare but looks like you spent hours on it!

Michele said...

I loved anything involving baked pears! This actually sounds very simple and elegant.

Anonymous said...

I like how the pears don't have to be cooked beforehand. Whenever I make apple pie, I always cook the apples beforehand, and it makes the waiting all the more difficult :).

Maria said...

I am going to buy pears today! This dessert looks fabulous!

Hopie said...

The nice thing about branching out, is that you can always come back to chocolate ;-) This dessert looks delicious though.

Unknown said...

i bet chocolate could go with pears :) how about roasted with a chocolate sauce??

alexandra's kitchen said...

this reminds me of a recipe I have and adore for a custardy apple cake. I am a chocoholic too, but fruit desserts like this one are my favorite!

Unknown said...

I think this just made me change my mind about pears. Yum!

Annie said...

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Jacqueline Meldrum said...

This sounds really good and very, very comforting! Pears are good with custard, although I haven't tasted this combination for years.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great fall version of clafoutis. Mmmmm... clafoutis.