Yes, I know I bake bread every week. But bread baking doesn’t really seem like baking to me, when I think of baking, I think of desserts. Baking desserts scares me, there just seems like there can be so much can go wrong. But when I saw this recipe for Pear Custard Pie from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast, I knew that I had to try it. It seemed so simple that even someone who was dessert challenged like me, could do it.
Pear Custard Pie
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pie dish
3 ripe pears, peeled, halved, and cored
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350; butter a 9-inch pie plate. Slice the pears 1/4 inch thick (the thinner the better) lengthwise. Arrange the slices, overlapping slightly, in the dish.
In a blender, process the melted butter, granulated sugar, flour, vanilla extract, eggs, milk, and salt until smooth.
Do you believe how easy that was?? The hardest part for me was arranging the pears. I never got them to look all that pretty like the picture in the book. Also, my pears did not overlap slightly, they overlapped a lot. I had about 3 layers of pears as you can see in the pie picture before the custard was added. So, if you really want a single layer of pears, probably two pears would work just fine. That is what I will try next time.
So, yes, I baked. Expect more to come in the future.