Wednesday, November 13, 2013

pear tarts and updates

there is nothing better than curling up with a good book,  hot chocolate,  and a cozy blanket on a cold night.
and it's especially helpful  if you want to tune out all the things jockeying for space in your brain.  i fall in love easily with books and songs.  i can devour written words in spare moments and hang on to every word.  i hear a song i love and  i play it on repeat for days on end.  i am a very porous person. this can be good and also be bad, i feel deeply and hurt easily.  i remind myself daily to open my eyes and notice things.  everything. so i am not that good at blocking things out.  work is a bit in turmoil at the moment and honestly i should be used to this by now.  change is constant but i never take to it with ease.  even if it doesn't effect me directly (at least at the moment) i can feel the tension.  i close my eyes and pretend i am back up north surrounded by the mountains and the silence and that brings me peace.

once again i remind myself there is always space for gratitude and disappointment, and of course, for baking.

pear & cream cheese tart


1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup flour
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 thinly sliced pears, peeled

 preheat oven to 425.
 beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy. (i do this in my kitchen aid mixer.)
 add flour, mix well.
 spread firmly onto bottom and up the sides of a spring form pan

 beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar in same bowl.
 add egg and vanilla, mix well.
spread evenly over crust.

 combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar with cinnamon and nutmeg.
 toss sliced pears with sugar mixture until covered.
 arrange pears in concentric circles on top of cream cheese filling, starting with the outside and working in.

bake 10 minutes then reduce to 375 and bake 25 minutes or until golden brown at edges and the middle is set.
 cool on wire rack.
 remove outside of spring form pan.
 refrigerate tart for a few hours until cool and well set.

love sent, xo


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