1/2 cup pastry flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons buttermilk
3 tablespoons of ice water
3 medium pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons butter cut up in 1/4″ cubes
I egg beaten
- To make the crust, in a medium bowl whisk together the pastry flour, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add the butter and using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until you get a pebbly, coarse texture.
- In a small bowl combine the buttermilk and ice water.
- Using a fork or your fingers, gradually mix the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture.
- Pat the dough into a 4-inch round and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and prepare the filling.
- Peel the pears, core them and cut into 1/4-inch slices. In a large bowl toss the pear slices with the lemon juice. Sprinkle in the cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon and toss until the pears are evenly coated. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough into a large circle about nine inches. I like rolling it out on floured parchment, then you can pick up the whole thing and put on a baking sheet. Or line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and drape the dough over the rolling pin, transfer to the prepared baking sheet. If the dough tears, patch it up with your fingers. Arrange the pears in a mound in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the filling. It will only cover the pears partially and does not need to be even.
- Bake the tart for 15 minutes, and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, keeping the tart in the oven all the while, and bake for another 40 minutes, until the pears are tender and the crust is golden brown.
- Brush the crust with the beaten egg and just plop the 2 tablespoons of butter on top of the pears.
- Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
This would be yummy served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.