Friday, February 13, 2009

The Economy and Me


So the economy sucks right now. And I am trying to be better about what I buy and if I really need something before I buy it. I'm not going to lie I do have impulse buys. I am trying to be more diligent about using all of my ingredients before they go bad. So I had 2lbs of Seckel pears left over from my pear tarts so I had to figure out something to do with them. And I also had quite a bit of almond filling left over. So I figured I liked the flavor combo before why not change it up a little with a different crust and double the almond filling because well I could eat it out of the can! So I had a pie crust thawing as I was testing a recipe for a contest. And figured I could use the other one up with these pears.
So I tried my hand at making it look pretty. Do you ever try to do that? You see something some where that looks amazing and try it at home only to find it either ridiculously easy and it makes you wonder why you thought it was so cool. Or really hard and a Big pain in the ass and you never want to do it again and will now just purchase said item from now on. Well this was the first option, I always see tarts in these nice concentric circles but think man that is has got to be a pain, and it did take like 5 minutes to arrange them but I felt pretty good about my self after that. Maybe I could work in a Bakery, but those early hours would be a killer, I like my sleep people a lot.

Pear Almond Crostada

1 pie crust
1/2 cup of almond cake filling
10-12 seckel pears
2 tablespoons of apricot jelly

Preheat oven to 350. Unroll your pie crust onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Leaving a border of about 1 inch around spread the almond filling around in an even layer. Layer on the pears in a decorative pattern. Bake for 20 -25 minutes or until the pie crust starts to brown. Melt the apricot jelly and brush it on the pears to give them some sheen.

8 comments:

  1. Good job being "economy" friendly! Your tart turned out beautifully, and I love the flavor combination you chose!

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  2. That looks good. I like the use of the apricot jelly.

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  3. you're darn right, the economy sucks. i'm loving your crostada though--rustic and flavorful and perfect.

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  4. Guess what I have in my kitchen right now? Two lbs of seckel pears - what a coincidence! I was waiting for them to ripen up a bit and then was going to search for a recipe, seems like I don't need to look any further. Thanks!

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  5. Beautiful tart! I feel the same way about working in a bakery. On one hand, I think it would be fun, educational, and almost Zen-like in the repetitive motions needed. But on the other hand, I value my sleep! Gawd, to go to work at 3 a.m. would just about kill me. I don't think that even the lure of eating unlimited baked goods would make that easier.

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  6. Your effort was way worth it...the crostada looks beautiful. Love pears + almonds.

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  7. Such a scary and crazy economy!
    I was at the grocery store the other day, and a random lady waiting behind me in the lineup was checking out what I was buying for the week's groceries... she said that she just had to tell me that it was the "healthiest" looking grocery order she had seen in a long time. It made me take a good look at what I was buying (after getting past the fact that she was slightly a crazy person), and I realized that it was almost all fresh/ not prepackaged ingredients - flour, fruit, veggies, pasta, etc. (aside from some diet coke and goldfish crackers :) ). If this is the way the economy is making me shop, it probably isnt such a bad thing... I like cooking from scratch anyway, and if it helps be healthier in the long run, than perhaps it is teaching me a valuable lesson... I hope others are doing/learning the same...

    Anyways, sorry about this longwinded comment :) Your tart looks great! I love the pear/almond combo!

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  8. Carolyn - the 3am would kill me even if I got some magic way to eat all of the desserts and lose weight instead of gain it the 3am would still kill me.
    Gastro - I love the combo too and for once it was worth all the effort.
    Finsmom - Don't feel alone I get that a lot at costco. Everything is healthy minus, fresh or frozen fruit and veggies, fish etc. And next to me is always a cart full of processed foods. Its so much better to cook from scratch. And this economy is scary.

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