It’s a quick and easy tart that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. I served it with caramel drizzle and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Asian Pear & Apple Tart
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 Asian Pear (aka: Japanese Apple/Pear)
1 Golden Delicious Apple
1 tablespoon Flour
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Zest of 1 Lemon
1 10 inch Pie Crust (store bought or homemade)
Egg Wash (1 Egg + 1 tablespoon Water)
1 tablespoon Sugar
Peel, core and slice the asian pear and apple into very thin slices. Place the sliced fruit into a large bowl.
Sprinkle the lemon juice and zest, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, over the fruit and mix well.
Roll out the pie dough into a 10 inch circle and place it onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet.
Arrange the fruit slices into a few layers leaving about an inch of border around the pie crust.
Fold the crust up and pleat it over the fruit. Brush on the egg wash and sprinkle the crust with sugar.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Note the fruit will be tender but still a bit crisp.
At last I can turn my oven back on! Muffins are an easy way to get you warmed up for the baking season!
Banana Crunch Muffins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Butter (melted)
3 Bananas (mashed)
3/4 cup Sugar
In a large bowl mix together the flour baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.
In another bowl combine the bananas, sugar, egg. Now add the butter and mix well.
Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups then make your crunchy topping.
For the crunchy topping:
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Flour
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Butter (cold)
In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, flour, pinch of salt, cinnamon.
Mix in the cold butter with your fingers. I like to pinch off small pieces and mash them in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can also use a fork to cut in the butter.
Sprinkle the mixture over the muffins.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
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How to self-promote when you’re shy.
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Discover the secrets of French cool-girl style.
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We’ve all been pronouncing Voldermort’s name WRONG all this time!
In other (more important) HP news, Hufflepuff House won the house cup! And JKR has this to say about it!
I’ve told you about Château de Gudanes before. It’s a historic monument was designed by Parisian architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, famous for his neoclassical, architectural symmetry, including the Le Petit Trianon and Place de la Concorde. Sadly it was left to ruin until 2013 an Australian moved in and committed themselves to restoring this architectural gem.
Last weekend they hosted a wedding at the house and you have to go check out the photos! They are so lovely.
Happy Friday everyone!
Summer’s not quite over yet! Time for one last picnic, one last river float, one last alfresco meal at the cafe! Get out there and soak it up!
Oh my gawd! It’s a blog post? Yes, yes it is! Did you miss me? Did you even notice…
Ah, well. For those of you who did, sorry. I’ve been busy having a summer break full of other projects. Posts might still be sporadic while I meet deadlines and the like, but I had to pop in to show you this! My garden is full of lavender so after the few dozen bouquets what to do?
Lavender Shower Scrub
1 1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Baby Oil
1/2 cup dried Lavender Flowers
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Dry the Lavender in a warm dry spot then pull off just the flowers and discard the stems.
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Place in a decorative container and use in the shower.
To use: Shake container to mix contents before using. Rub onto dry skin then rinse thoroughly.
More shower scrubs to come! The combinations are endless!