By Cal Orey
It's late winter at Lake Tahoe--a time to cuddle with my Aussie, enjoy a fire in the fireplace, and finish proofing the #7 Healing Powers series book. Outdoors the air is cold (in the teens at night) but the snow is not sticking at lake level. Translation: No shoveling.
It's a time to savor hot treats--healthful comfort foods--like a fresh fruit tart with a cup of tea or coffee. Less calories, sugar, and fat than a double crusted apple pie, a fresh fruit pear tart is a perfect way to ease into pre-springtime.
1 pie pastry (Pillsbury)
3 large, firm pears, washed, peeled, cored, sliced
2 tablespoons European style butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Fresh lemon juice to taste
1 egg white
Take pie pastry out of the refrigerator, let rest for 15 minutes. Slice pears. In a bowl, mix pears, butter, sugar, flour, and juice. Place pastry on foil. Brush egg white on top to keep crust firm. Mold into a rectangle and crimp edges nicely like a border. Place pears inside. Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour or until crust is golden brown and fruit is bubbly. *Try warming up your favorite apricot or strawberry organic jam and spread the glaze on top. Cool for 15 minutes. Cuts nicely. Sprinkle with sugar. Serves 6. Perfect for a breakfast or brunch pastry or dessert. *The Healing Powers of Honey is available 2-27! Gift Size, 400 pages! The Healing Powers of Tea is found at fine bookstores...a book that'll take you to the place you love.