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Poached-Pear Frangipane Tart


Serves 8 to 10
Pears are poached in mulled wine here, infusing the fruit with spices and giving the exteriors a deep crimson hue. When sliced and nestled into the rich frangipane filling, they create a glorious ombre effect. Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2018

Ingredients

Pears

3 to 4 firm, small pears, such as Forelle, Anjou, or Bartlett
2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Peeled zest of 1 orange, plus 1/3 cup fresh juice
2 cloves

Pie

1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 recipe Test Kitchen’s Favorite Pate Brisee (below)
1 cup whole blanched almonds
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Pears: Peel pears; transfer to a saucepan. Add wine, sugar, vanilla bean, orange juice and zest, cloves, and enough water to cover pears (2 to 3 cups). Top with a parchment round to keep pears submerged and bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until pears are easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof bowl; cover with poaching liquid. Let cool completely.

Pie: On a lightly floured piece of parchment, roll out dough into a 13-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Fit into a 9-inch tart pan. Trim dough flush with rim; lightly prick bottom with a fork. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees, with a rack in lower third. Arrange almonds on a rimmed baking sheet; toast until golden and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely. Transfer to a food processor; add flour and salt and process until finely ground.

Beat butter with sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Add almond mixture; beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees. Line dough with parchment; fill with dried beans or rice. Bake until edges begin to turn golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove beans or rice and parchment; bake until bottom and sides are golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely. (Crust can be made up to a day in advance and covered tightly in foil.)

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees; place a foil-lined baking sheet below rack. Spread crust with almond mixture; smooth top with an offset spatula. Working with one pear at a time, remove from poaching liquid; pat dry with a paper towel, then slice in half lengthwise, remove stem, remove core with a measuring teaspoon or a melon baller, and cut crosswise on a slight bias into 1/8-inch slices. Fan pear slices in a random pattern to completely cover top of frangipane. (You may not use them all.)

Place tart pan directly on oven rack; bake until frangipane is golden, puffed, and just set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. (If crust is getting too dark, shield with a foil ring.) Transfer to wire rack; let cool completely, at least 4 hours.

Cook’s Notes:

To shield the pie rim from darkening too fast, make a foil ring: Cut a 13-inch round of foil, then cut out the center to create a ring about two inches wide. Center it over the crust; gently fold the edges down to secure.

The pears can be poached up to three days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container, submerged in their liquid. (Their color will become deep red throughout; for more contrast — dark-red exteriors, beige interiors — use pears poached the day of baking.)
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Test Kitchen’s Favorite Pate Brisee

Yield: Enough for one 9-inch double-crust pie, or one 10 1/2-by-15 1/4-inch single-crust slab pie

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
7 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Directions

Pulse flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces remaining. Drizzle 5 tablespoons water over mixture; pulse several times to combine. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until mixture holds together when pinched.

For a 9-inch pie, shape dough into two disks and wrap each in plastic. For a slab pie, shape dough into a rectangle and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day, or freeze up to 3 months; thaw overnight in refrigerator before using.

Note: To avoid creating water pockets in your brisee (which will wreak havoc in your dough), make sure to strain the ice out of the water before drizzling it in and processing.
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Pear Crisp


6 Servings
Choose Bosc pears that are ripe but still a little firm for the filling of this oat-almond crisp — they’ll stand up well to baking.

Ingredients

Crisp Topping

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Filling

6 Bosc pears (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in center.

Crisp topping: Stir together oats, sugar, almonds, flour, and salt. Add butter and mix with hands until small clumps form and dry mixture is coated in butter. Cover with plastic and refrigerate.

Filling: Peel, halve, and core pears, then slice into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Add to a large bowl and toss with lime juice as you work to prevent pears from browning. Toss with sugar, ginger, flour, and salt. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish. Remove crisp topping from refrigerator and break into small pieces. Scatter evenly over the top. Transfer to oven and bake until bubbly, 50 to 60 minutes (tent top with foil if browning too quickly). Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack 20 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream. Crisp is best eaten the day it’s made, but can be stored, covered, for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
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Apple-Raisin Pandowdy


8 Servings
A pandowdy is a fruit dessert, usually sweetened with brown sugar or molasses, that’s closely related to a pie — without the bottom crust. Its pastry top is broken with a spoon halfway through cooking so the collapsed bits soak up the juices and soften. For ours, we used brown sugar and apples and raisins laced with cardamom and allspice. Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2005

Ingredients

3 pounds mixed apples, such as Rome Beauty, Empire, and Cortland, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
1 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Pinch of ground cardamom
Pinch of ground allspice
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Toasted-Pecan Dough
Heavy cream, for brushing
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss together apples, raisins, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cardamom, allspice, and salt in a large bowl. Transfer to a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Dot top with butter; set aside.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to an 11-inch round that is about 1/8 inch thick. Carefully place dough on top of apple mixture. Fold edge under itself, crimping if desired. Chill in freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.

Brush dough with cream, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until crust is set and beginning to brown, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven; gently push some of the crust into the filling using a spoon. Bake until crust is golden brown and crisp and juices are bubbling, 25 to 35 minutes more. If crust is browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil. Let cool on a wire rack 1 hour before serving.
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Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust


Yield: One 11-inch crostata
Cheddar in the pie dough and fresh apples in the filling give this dessert a rustic charm.

Ingredients

For the Crust

1 disk Cheddar Pie Dough
All-purpose flour, for surface
1 large egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
Coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling

For the Filling

2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Gala, plus 2 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup apricot preserves, warmed

Directions

Make the crust: Roll out dough to a 13-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Make the filling: Toss together apples, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread filling over dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Fold edges in to form a crust; brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Refrigerate until edges are firm, about 30 minutes.

Bake crostata until apples are tender and crust is golden, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Brush apples with apricot preserves.

Cook’s Notes

Serving Idea: Farmhouse-style cheddar cheese pairs well with this crostata.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2010
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Apple and Cranberry Pandowdy


8 Servings
This dessert features two varieties of apples in season: Firm but tender Rome holds its shape, while the creamy McIntosh cooks down into a sauce. Source: Everyday Food, October 2010

Ingredients

For the Crust

3/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 to 2 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling

3 Rome apples (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
4 McIntosh apples (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 cup cranberries (thawed if frozen)
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 teaspoons coarse sugar

Directions

Make crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add 1 tablespoon more ice water). Do not overmix. Form dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to 2 weeks). On a floured piece of parchment, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.

Make filling: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together apples, cranberries, brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, and salt. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish; dot with butter. Tear or cut dough into pieces (around 3 inches square). Lay dough pieces, overlapping slightly, over apple mixture. Brush dough with cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake until crust is browned and juices are bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Cranberry Clafouti

6 Servings

This simple batter is similar to pancake batter. Poured in a pan with fruit, it bakes into a creamy custard. Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2011

Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature, for dish
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1 cup chilled heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 1-quart baking dish (not metal) using a pastry brush; sprinkle 2 tablespoons granulated sugar over bottom. Sift remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the flour, and salt into a large bowl. Gradually whisk in eggs, 3/4 cup cream, the milk, and zest.

2. Scatter cranberries into dish; pour batter over top. Bake until puffed, slightly set, and brown around edges, 32 to 34 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes (it will sink).

3. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup cream until soft peaks form. Dust clafouti with confectioners’ sugar. Serve with whipped cream.
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Note from Wikipedia:

The clafoutis comes from the Limousin region of France, and while black cherries are traditional, there are numerous variations using other fruits, including sweet cherries, plums, prunes, apples, pears, cranberries or blackberries. When other kinds of fruit are used instead of cherries, the dish is properly called a flaugnarde.

The dish’s name derives from Occitan clafotís, from the verb clafir, meaning “to fill” (implied: “the batter with cherries”). Clafoutis apparently spread throughout France during the 19th century.

see also: Flaugnarde
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Grilled Apple Crisp With Porter-Toffee Sauce


Prep: 25 minutes Grill: 45 minutes Makes: 6 servings

7 cups peeled and thinly sliced cooking apples (7 medium)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
Porter-Toffee Sauce (recipe below)
Ice cream (optional)

In a large bowl combine apples, granulated sugar, tapioca, lemon juice, apple pie spice, and salt. Transfer apple mixture to an 8x8x1 3/4-inch disposable foil pan or metal pan (Note: metal pan may burn on grill).

For topping, in a medium bowl combine oats, brown sugar, and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over apple mixture. Cover pan tightly with foil.

For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Test for medium heat over center of grill. Place crisp in pan on grill rack in center of grill. Cover and grill for 15 minutes. Uncover pan. Cover grill and grill about 30 minutes more or until apple mixture is bubbly. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Place crisp in pan on grill rack. Grill as directed.)

Remove crisp from grill; cool slightly. Serve warm with Porter- Toffee Sauce and, if desired, ice cream.

Porter-Toffee Sauce:

In a small saucepan, combine
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup porter beer
3 tablespoons light-color corn syrup

Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 12 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency.

Store any leftover sauce, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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