I love nashi pears, pity that the season is short... mostly I eat them raw, cut into thin slices, but since I had quite a few I wanted to make a quick tart. This is too easy! I just used one sheet of ready rolled vegetarian puff pastry, then I peeled and cut 2 big nashi pears and placed the slices on top. I finished everything with a dusting of icing sugar and placed the tart in the oven until the edges of the tart were puffy and golden. As a final touch I sprayed the tart with some grappa spray. Nashi are good for cooking and baking because they keep their shape and don't become brown! This I will make again, it was even better than an apple tart, which is saying a lot (for me!).
A cameo note: a few days ago we went to Sophie's engagement party, and soon as I got in I noticed that most of the food was vegetarian! There were just a few fish dishes, but for the rest Sophie had asked for a mainly vegetarian party, even if the vegetarians present could have been counted on the fingers of one hand. She said that she went to too many parties where most of the food was not suitable for vegetarians, and she wanted something different this time (she doesn't eat meat herself). Of course I could not photograph everything, here are just a few snippets (including Nick's lovely potato fritters) but there was so much wonderful food that for once I ate a lot, but mostly, I ate a variety of different things!
Thank you to Sophie's family who hosted the party, and congratulations and all the best to Sophie and Brendon.
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©
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