Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pear Tart (with Stevia)

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I got that awesome sample of Stevia in the Raw?
I finally got a chance to use it making the pear tart featured on their website.
The first step in making this tart is poaching some pears in a syrup using the stevia and some spices. I have to admit I've never had poached pears.
I pretty much adore them.
After you get your tart shell ready you spread a paste that includes almonds and butter...oh yeah! This was pretty tricky, but decided not to sweat it since no one can see it after you cover it all with pears anyway.
I had to make mine in a pie plate since I don't own a tart pan.
I'll include the recipe below with any changes I made. I didn't make the glaze because I am a huge slacker was just too tired. But I think it would have been really good because you use the juices that you poached the pears in, which smelled wonderful!
And the final analysis regarding cooking with the Stevia in the Raw. It works! I really couldn't tell a difference!

Ingredients:

POACHED PEARS (May be made a day ahead)

2 cups water

1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice

2/3 cup STEVIA EXTRACT IN THE RAW™ CUP FOR CUP

4 strips lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick (forgot to buy so just used ground cinnamon)

1/2 vanilla bean, seeds removed and set aside

(didn't want to sell a kidney so just used extract)

1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

3 whole cloves

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 Bartlett or Bosc pears (about 2 pounds), peeled, halved lengthwise and cored

TART SHELL

8 sheets (12"x17") packaged prepared Phyllo dough

Canola oil

FILLING AND TOPPING

3/4 cup blanched slivered almonds

1/4 cup STEVIA EXTRACT IN THE RAW™ CUP FOR CUP

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash salt

1 egg, beaten

1/2 teaspoon almond extract (didn't have)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup poached pear liquid, strained

1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

DIRECTIONS:

In medium saucepan bring water, apple juice, STEVIA EXTRACT IN THE RAW

, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean along with seeds, peppercorns, cloves, and salt to a boil. Add pear halves, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20-25 minutes or until pears are fork tender.

Remove from heat and cool for about 1 hour in poaching liquid.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Prepare tart shell. Lightly oil an 8" x 11" oblong metal tart pan with a removable bottom. Keeping phyllo sheets moist with a damp cloth carefully arrange 8 sheets in tart pan — brushin

g each with canola oil before layering.

Trim edges and prick sides and bottom of shell with a fork before baking at 400°F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from

oven and cool on rack.

To make filling add almonds, STEVIA EXTRACT IN THE RAW, cinnamon and salt to a food processor and process until mixture is a finely chopped powder. Add egg

, extracts and butter, and process until a paste.

Spread almond mixture in bottom of baked tart shell.

Remove pears from poaching liquid; pat dry and cut halves into 1/4 slices on angle. Arrange pear slice

s staggered in 3 rows.

Reduce oven to 350°F and bake tart for about 45 minutes on baking sheet or until almond mixture puffs. It may be necessary to shield

crust edges with aluminum foil to prevent burning. Let cool completely.

Prepare glaze topping by combining 1/2 cup strained pear liquid with cornstarch in small saucepan. Bring to a

boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove and drizzle glaze over pear slices.

Makes 15 servings.

Not sure if I'll have anything else to post between now and Christmas day, so here's wishing many blessings to you and yours this year.

14 comments:

Leslie said...

I love love love Stevia. It has replaced my Splenda for the most part

Donna-FFW said...

Oh That looks wonderful!!

Ironjack said...

looks awesome! I might have to give that one a shot!

The Japanese Redneck said...

It looks good.

Have a merry XMAS.

teresa said...

mmm, i still need to try stevia, happy holidays!

unconfidentialcook said...

I love poached pears dipped in chocolate (I buy baby French pears in a jar)--I bet a little chocolate drizzled over all would be great...and easy for anyone too tired to do a glaze.

Kim said...

The pear tart looks beautiful! I don't have a tart pan either, so it's nice to know that you can use your pie pan in a pinch. Glad to hear that Stevia is good to bake with.

Ms Bibi said...

That looks so delicious. I am always looking for new and interesting recipes with Stevia or Splenda.

My little boy is (well, he's 12)type 1 diabetic so I try to make his meals especially desserts count.

Katherine Aucoin said...

You did a fanstic job...your pictures are amazing!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I haven't tried Stevia but I will be on the lookout for it. The pear tart is perfect!

Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

Oh that looks so good! I've heard of Stevia, but haven't tried it yet... might have to go buy some!
Thanks for stopping by on my SITS!

Mara... said...

That looks good!! I will have to try Stevia, I've heard about it but didn't know anybody who has tried it. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Your blog is great, definitely going to bookmark it!! Happy Holidays!!

Katy ~ said...

This was beautifully prepared and presented. Looks so elegant!

Monica H said...

I'm going to have to give this a try. I still have a bag of weightless Splenda in my pantry for two years ago.