Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yum! Yum!

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Lemon-Pear-Basil Tart


This past Sunday afternoon, I accompanied Gardening Daugher, her husband and 16-yr old daughter to my sister's home in Hot Springs Village.  Sister had asked GD and hubby to assist in realigning some closet doors which had jumped the track.  She and brother-in-law are, like me, getting a bit physically challenged when it comes to manhandling stuff.

Mission accomplished, Sister served us a delicious late lunch/early supper of Portugese Kale Soup and bread, followed by a heavenly dessert.

The base of the tart is lemon cake, made from a mix, topped with sliced firm, but ripe, pears (Bartlett's, I think - Sister will let me know), covered with a thickened lemon sauce (juice of one lemon, sugar, cornstarch and water) and then chilled.  The unexpected and utterly delicious additon to this sweet was fresh basil leaves, shown, and the expected whipped cream (not shown.)  Basil, lemon, pears and cream in combination made my taste buds sing!  I had a second bite and would have had thirds, but all those present at the table thought it was wonderful, too!

Your pear tart is a winner, Sister. Are you making another one anytime soon?


11 comments:

TSannie said...

That looks fabulous! Any chance she'll share the recipe?

Arkansas Patti said...

Sounds wonderful. I am weak for anything with lemon.

Abby said...

Basil seems to go with everything, but I would never have thought to add it to any kind of pie, let alone lemon tart. I also would like the recipe.

Snap said...

My mouth is watering!!!!!!!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That tart looks yummy... Made my mouth water.... Tell your sister that I could almost taste it... ha
Hugs,
Betsy

Peter said...

Don't you hate it when everyone else wants second helpings so that you can't have a third!! If your sister would like to export lemon tarts to New Zealand, I would happily volunteer to check that they have arrived in perfect condition! I'll have to try Basil and lemon. I saw somewhere that strawberries and black pepper are supposed to be nice..??

NitWit1 said...

Photo surely does leave me longing for a taste!.

I love basil in a number of dishes, but am never lucky enough to have fresh available.

Hilary said...

Oh yum.. that does look delicious. I've only semi-recently discovered how versatile basil is so really, I'm not too surprised. Though I admit that I thought it was mint leaves at first.

I hope all is well with you, Pat. Always nice to see that you've posted.

Carolina said...

Mouthwatering :-)

Nutmeg said...

Requested Recipe: One layer lemon cake - from a mix or homemade. I used a special pan that made a depression in the middle but I'm sure you could improvise. Lemon filling: Mix 3/4 cup sugar,3 Tablespoons cornstarch, 3/4 cup water. Cook, stirring, boil one minute. Remove from heat, add 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, 1 Tablespoon butter, and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice. Cool.
Peel 2 ripe pears. (Yes they were Bartletts, but I think any would do.) Dip pears in lemon filling as you slice them,to prevent darkening, then pour rest of filling over. Serve with fresh basil leaves if desired. (I grow mine in a window box) and sweetened whipped cream. Pat's sister.

~mel said...

yummmy... you're making me drool. I just had some kale soup over at my Mom's ~ delish also!