DORIE GREENSPAN chose the TWD recipe this week. DORIE GREENSPAN- the author of the cookbook TWD it currently baking its way through. I was so pumped about this recipe because Dorie has made all the recipes in the book many times, and I knew she had something special to share with us through this recipe. I am dying to know whether this would have been her pick out of all the things that have already been chosen, too.
I was also pumped because I got to use two of my new Christmas presents.
I asked my in-laws for a food processor. Instead of buying me a new smaller regular ol' food processor, they bought me the 11 cup Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus. After I watched the 30 minute instructional DVD, I realized that this thing is AMAZING and I do not know how I've ever cooked or baked anything without it. Besides processing, it also chops and sliced whole fruits and vegetables. Amazing. The feed thing on the top is so huge that three whole potatoes will fit in it and the machine will slice all three in about 10 seconds. It also has a DOUGH feature and special dough blade, which is the reason my mother-in-law selected this one. How exciting!!
The second gift I got to use was my shiny new 10 inch tart pan with removable bottom, which my friend, Pam, gave me. When I started this club back in June, Pam bought me mini tart pans for my birthday. Since I haven't bought any others, all my tarts so far have been minis. So, this is my first time to make a full size tart.
I started with the Sweet Tart dough with nuts. It was super easy with my new food processor. I can't image that Dorie herself used a better tool to make her dough. This dough is so tasty and baked beautifully.
After the tart dough came the almond creme, which was amazing. I really just wanted to eat the entire batch and make more for the tart.
This tart was really really really fabulous. I have made several tarts since TWD baked La Paulette's Strawberry tart and I haven't been as proud of any as I was of that very first tart. However, this pear tart was the tastiest one I've made so far.