Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I Baked! Pear Custard Pie
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.
Pour the batter over the pears; bake until golden and firm to the touch, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or a room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar.
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.