Because the boys asked for it, and because it is a rainy day, I made the pear Tarte Tatin again, same as last month.
I've also submitted it to the A Taste of the Mediterranean France event, which was another good reason to make it again. Check out the neat recipes there!
3 pears, peeled and sliced
2 cups of red wine
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
2 T butter
another 1/2 cup sugar
Poach the pears in the wine, first 1/2 cup of sugar and nutmeg for a couple of hours. While they are soaking, butter a pie plate with 1 tablespoon of the butter, and sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar onto the buttered plate.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Remove the pears from the wine with a slotted spoon and arrange in a pretty pattern on the plate on top of the butter and sugar. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and dab remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over the top.
Cover plate with a pie crust (pre-made, or your favorite pate brisee), folding the edges back in towards the center. Cut a couple of small slits in the middle for the steam to escape.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until pie crust is golden and syrup is thick and ruby-colored.
Flip immediately onto a large plate after removing pie from the oven, and let cool a bit before serving.
inspired by Georganne Brennan's Tarte Tatin in Potager
It feels right somehow, now that we're back to real January weather. Cheers!
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