Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TWD: Fold-Over Pear Torte

What a strange little hybrid dessert this was.

It uses pie dough, but it's baked in a springform pan. The filling is chopped fresh pears, and pecans, and dried apricots. It's all held together with a vanilla custard, and then the pie crust is partially folded over the edges. So many things going on! It's like five different desserts got together and had a baby and named it Fold-Over Pear Torte--confusing in and of itself, since isn't a torte a European cake?--and baked it in my oven for fifty kajillion minutes during which butter leaked out of the pan and burned in the oven and filled the kitchen with stinky smoke and....somewhere along the way this sentence turned from a convoluted simile into straightforward whining. Apologies!

At the end of the day, this was better than I thought it would be, but I admit my expectations were low because it seemed so random. The truth is, most of these elements are not my favorite things--cooked pears and custard and pie crust, to name a few--so it probably didn't have a chance at winning my heart. The hubs and I were both pleasantly surprised at how not-gross it was, to give you the world's most lukewarm endorsement.


The real problem, of course, is that it's not a looker, and we all know how I like to judge books by their cover.

What did everyone else think? Were you able to see past the ugly duckling exterior and devour the tasty swan inside?*

*This time, it's a metaphor that's gone awry. Forgive me.

12 comments:

  1. Well you sure made that slice look good though. Love your way with words too :)

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  2. hybrid dessert. i love those!

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  3. Love the honest opinion! This was was pretty much a failure all over!

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  4. I think I would agree with every sentence of this post.

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  5. Not-gross...haha! I liked mine, but I also took a bunch of the stuff out. And yours actually looks pretty darn good.

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  6. I had some leakage with this one too. I was so confused and not excited about it that it certainly exceeded expectations when I tried it! It was tasty and different.

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  7. I'm so glad I found your blog, it looks like you have some truly fabulous recipes! This cake looks beautiful to me, despite what you say.

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  8. Love that it was 'not gross'. Interesting description.

    But it looks tasty.

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  9. Not gross. That's hilarious. And I think that powdered sugar hides a multitude of sins! Yours looks delicious in spite of everything.

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  10. Isn't it funny how some desserts, those that you think would never win a beauty contest, can turn out to be really tasty and interesting? For me, it's always a surprise and a relief when that happens, especially if I'm making something new and relatively unusual. I think your torte actually sounds, and looks, pretty good! You sure presented it beautifully. And, as always, your photos are very, very nice.

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