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5 mouthwatering pies anyone can bake

By: Rodale News on Dec. 12, 2011, 4:24 p.m.
Pear tart with whole wheat crust

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Pear Tart with Whole Wheat Crust

Another less-common but very seasonal treat, this tart could easily become a traditional addition to your holiday menu. Look for organic and, preferably, local pears when making this beautiful, seasonal pear-and-walnut dessert. Pears are loaded with fiber and are a good source of vitamin C.


  • 1 cup whole grain pastry flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ice water
  • 6 ripe pears, peeled, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple jelly, melted
Time Estimates

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 45 min

Total time: 3 hours, 5 min


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 10" tart pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, and nutmeg. Pulse until blended. Add the oil and butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add the sour cream and 2 teaspoons of the water. Pulse just until the dough forms large clumps. (Add a few drops of water if the dough seems dry.) Form into a ball and flatten into a disk. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Roll the dough into an 11" circle. Place in the prepared pan. Firmly press the dough against the bottom and sides of the pan. Trim the edges.
  5. Arrange the pears in the crust in a decorative pattern. Sprinkle with the walnuts and brown sugar.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the pears are tender and the pastry is golden. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Brush with the jelly. Cool for at least 2 hours before serving.