Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Creamy Pear Tart

I love pears. I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy them. I recently came across an old recipe of mine from October of 2010, my Creamy Pear Tart. This raw dessert has the perfect amount of sweetness, with a deliciously moist crust. The texture and flavor of this pie is truly enjoyable. The best pears to use for this pie are the red pears, but any variety will do. Be sure that the pears are ripe. The riper the pear, the better the flavor – enjoy!



Crust.
Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1 cup Brazil nuts (ground)
1/2 cup organic dried shredded coconut
1 cup pitted Medjool dates (soaked in water for 20 minutes)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
coconut oil (to lightly grease pie pan)

Preparation:
Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor. Combine until well blended and powder-like. Add soaked dates and date water. Process until dough-like. Add more or less water to create the consistency of dough. Remove dough and press into a lightly greased pie pan. Press evenly on bottom and up the sides of the pan. Place in dehydrator for a couple of hours, or in a warm oven (heat off) and allow to slow dry. Remove and let stand until cool. Set aside.

Pear Filling.
Ingredients:
1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 4 hours)
1 cup raw macadamia nuts (soaked for 4 hours)
1/4 cup raw pine nuts (soaked for 4 hours)
1 cup pitted Medjool dates (soaked for 1 hour)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 T lemon juice
1/2 T raw honey with 1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
dash pink Himalayan salt
4-6 drops English Toffee flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia
2-3 seeded, peeled, chopped pears
4-6 seeded, peeled, sliced pears

Preparation:
Combine nuts, dates, lemon juice, honey-water, stevia, and cinnamon in a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth, adding a little water at a time if necessary to help break-up the nuts and dates. Add the chopped pears and blend again. While mixing, slowly add the coconut oil and salt. Blend until thick, smooth, and creamy. Set aside.

Assembly:
Layer slices of pear on the bottom of pie crust. Pour half the cream pie mixture on top. Add another layer of pear slices, and pour the remaining cream pie mixture, spreading evenly over the pie. Garnish with more slices of pears. Cover and place in freezer for several hours until pie sets. Pie is now ready to eat. Store in freezer.

Options:
Use leftover cream pie mixture and pour into container with lid and freeze for delicious cream pear ice cream.


Drizzle date caramel sauce over top.