Pear Tarte

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The Tarte Tatin is a typical French recipe that originated (perhaps unintentionally) in the 1880s and consists of fruit—usually apples—that is cooked in butter and sugar, and then baked with the crust…

In the original recipe the apples/pears were put in first then the dough was put on top This is an excerpt from History of the Tarte Tatin

“Take a good chunk of butter and knead it vigorously.  Spread it over the bottom of your copper dish, and cover generously with a layer of sugar. Cut up pippin or calvile apples, and place them carefully into your dish. Put as many layers as the dish will hold. Cover the apples with a thick layer of sugar. Separately, prepare a dough with flour, butter, and water. Roll it out as thinly as possible, about 1 millimeter [3/64″]. Cover the apples and trim the dough  around the dish. Cover with the lid which must not touch the dough. Bake as mentioned above. Once done, cover the tarte with a serving dish and flip it upside down. Eat warm”

Recipe from Delicious Recipes

Pear Tarte

Yields 1, 9 or 10-inch tart Ingredients Crust:

  •  1 stick cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup plain, Greek yogurt

Filling:

  • 5-6 pears (bosc)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon candied ginger, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar and salt.
  2. Slowly add in cold butter and pulse until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of peas. Then add in yogurt and pulse until ball of dough forms.
  3. Turn out and roll into a flattened disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Peel and halve pears and place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice (to reduce browning) and 2 tablespoons sugar and toss to coat.
  5. In a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter (make sure butter evenly covers skillet) and evenly distribute ¾ cup sugar. Stir to incorporate and cook until sugar dissolves.
  6. Add pears and coat well with sauce. Continue cooking until sauce caramelizes and turn a dark, amber color. About 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  8. Carefully arrange pears so they’re cut-side up in skillet, rounded edges facing out, with as few gaps as possible. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and candied ginger.
  9. Remove dough from fridge and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to a ¼-inch thickness that is approximately 1-inch larger than your skillet.
  10. Place skillet on a baking tray (to catch extra liquid) and place dough on top of pears. Use a fork to carefully tuck excess dough inside the edge of the skillet.
  11. Place tray in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
  12. Remove skillet from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes. Run knife along the edge of the skillet to loosen crust.
  13. Cover with a large Pyrex dish or serving plate and use both hands, and thick oven mitts, to flip the skillet over. It’s okay if some crust or pear sticks, carefully rearrange and let cool.
  14. Serve with ice cream or crème fraiche.

 

Enjoy!

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Carrots anyone?

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GARLIC CARROTS

Here is s simple way to jazz up carrots. This has a kinda sweet garlicy taste. I gave this recipe to a friend many years ago and years later her son says “So your the one who gave my Mom that carrot recipe!”  He said his Mom makes it all the time. He could tell when the garlic wafted from the kitchen. My friend loves garlic.

You can adjust any portions of this recipe to suit how many people you are serving. You can use garlic power or dried parsley if this is all you have.  Also you can substitute the butter with margarine or olive oil.  This is a great pot luck dish.

Ingredients:

1 bag baby carrots 16 OZ.

2 cloves minced garlic

Fresh Parsley

2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine or olive oil

Prepare:

Bring carrots to a boil, turn down heat to medium and cook until fork is easily inserted in carrot. Usually 20 to 25 min. Don’t over cook. Chop parsley and put aside. Remove from heat then drain water from carrots. Stir in butter, garlic and parsley.  Put lid back on to let the steam meld the garlic and parsley flavours into the carrots. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve.

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No Cable For Me or Netflix Simply Explained.

family-watching-a-cartoon-tv-artistic-wallpaper-1920x1080-3414Mother’s Day 2014, I signed up for Netflix. I have not stopped since. Cable is a thing of the past for me. I have watched whole TV series, movies, documentaries, scifi, romance, mysteries, detective, kids shows, animated features, action and international programing.

Each episode can be watched consecutively, you can pause, leave and come back the next day and start watching right from where you left off. Now this is how you should be able to watch TV. No commercials blaring at you and interrupting the story line. You can watch each series and get a better feel for the story line instead of having to wait a week. Also, having worked shifts I could not catch the shows when I wanted.  I ended up with a recorder full of shows I didn’t get to watch. Having not watched much TV (husband who hogged the TV) I have pretty well caught up with the series and movies I may have missed during that time.

Three things are required to view Netflix:

1.  Netflix, www.netflix.com subcription. Yes, there is a monthly fee depending on which type of service you want $7.99 CAD or $8.99 CAD.

2. WIFI connection (Internet service provider). Make sure you have enough data in your data plan to watch streaming videos. https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87 << link to how much data you can use depending on which picture quality you choose.

  • Low (0.3 GB per hour)
  • Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
  • High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)

3.  Receiver attached to your TV set (I chose the Roku box.)  You can use other boxes like Xbox 360 or Wii box. https://help.netflix.com/help << help center to set up.  Just follow the instructions from the Roku box on the TV.   You will need to know your WIFI password and name of network. Call your ISP if you don’t know your WIFI password. You can also just watch on your computer, IPAD or laptop from the Netflix website www.netflix.com.

 

I have been having a field day watching what ever I want when I want. :0)  A little free advertising for Netflix.

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HAPPY WATCHING!