Spicy Pear Tarte Tatin

Just a quick bit of baking for you, now that the nights are getting darker there is something quite comforting about sitting down with a hot pudding and a bit of cream.

This is what the hubby and I made a couple of weeks ago.  Its a bit of a mash up of a number of recipes, but effectively its a sheet of shop bought puff pastry, some pears with some sugar and spices.

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I boiled down some sugar with a touch of water, some star anise, a few cardamon pods and some cinnamon.  Then placed in some pear halves (peeled) cooked them for a few minutes.  Now most recipes they say to pop the pastry over the top of the fruit in the dish you are cooking in.  I had too many pears for that, so I quickly transferred then to a warm roasting tin (warm so the syrup doesn’t do rock hard in seconds) arranged the pears and then placed the pastry on top.  Tuck it in around the edges and pop in the over.  25-30mins later – YUM!

Simple.  And you can do this with lots of fruits, I love the subtle warmth of the spices, but you could amp it up if you wanted a bit more heat.

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Midweek Dinners

Now, I’m the first to admit that in our household I’m the baker. I’m not the cook. That mantle falls to my wonderful hubster who is a bit of a whizz in the kitchen. Lucky me I hear you cry. Yes, you’d be right. So I wanted to quickly share something lovely he made this week for a quick and easy dinner.

A lovely tomato and pesto tart, with pre-made and pre-rolled filo pastry.

It was super yummy, you can find the recipe here from Olive Magazine, it was awesome and I cannot wait for him to make it again!

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