Torte Tuesday: Pear Torte

Pear TorteWell, it’s that time again! Tort(e) Tuesday is officially here!  I call it a Tort(e) because it has multiple meanings: (1) a Tort is a “wrongful act . . . that results in injury to another person, property, reputation or the like.” and (2) a Torte, with an “e” is “a rich cake, especially one containing little or no flour.”

Pear TorteI chose a pear torte because this month is our wedding month and I thought it was cute to use pears since we are the “perfect pair” (get it??) One of my best friends used this pun as her wedding favors when she got married five years ago and I always thought it was daring (not to mention super creative since Pinterest hadn’t been invented yet!)Pear TorteSo I started out with a recipe for an apple torte and then adapted it to be a pear torte, and added some different things to it to make it a little more “me” (read: cinnamon).

Pear Torte

So without further ado…here’s the recipe!

Torte Tuesday: Pear Torte
 
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The Elements
Crust:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Torte Filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pears:
  • 3 large anjou pears peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F(230 degrees C).
Crust:
  1. Cream together butter, ⅓ cup sugar, vanilla, and flour. Press crust mixture into the flat bottom of a 9-inch tart or springform pan. Set aside.
Filling:
  1. In a the mixer bowl, blend cream cheese and sugar with the whisk attachment.
  2. Beat in egg then add vanilla.
  3. Pour this mixture over crust in pan.
Pears:
  1. In a medium bowl, add all the pear slices, then add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract.
  2. Toss with hands and then arrange them over the cheese filling starting on the outer edge and working inward, forming a rose-like pattern.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 400 and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool before removing from springform or tart pan.
  5. Serve warm.

The Verdict
So good. I love pears and this was a great way to enjoy them. I lowered the sugar in the original recipe because I wanted the tartness of the pears to really take a front seat and I still think it was on the sweet side, so perhaps utilize a little less sugar if you are sensitive to sweetness. Otherwise, I very much enjoyed this torte and would definitely make it again!

 

This Week on The Docket: A Moment of Silence for Oma

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Hi all… as you know by now, The Docket is where I go through my weekly happenings, much like the court goes through the calendar every morning. This week I’ll be doing something a little different, as my last living grandparent left this earth yesterday to join her parents and my grandfather.25739_1153909907404_3908483_n

The rest of this post shall be photos of Oma in a Silent Sunday tribute, but I will leave you with this message to her:  Rest peacefully Oma…the Benner clan will miss its matriarch… we will be comforted by the beautiful new beginning for you and the end of your pain.  We love you so much and know that you can see all who loved you and know them by name.   (more…)

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Crab Eggs Benedict with Panko "Fried" Tomatoes and Old Bay HollandaiseGuyssssss it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Or its fabulous alternative Galentine’s Day!  I love love, so obviously I love these holidays!  So when the lovely folks at Omaha Steaks sent me a box of Snow Crab Claws, I knew immediately that I wanted to make something Valentine’s Day-ish.  Because hello…LOVE. (more…)

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In court every morning, the judge calls the “docket” or the calendar for that day.  Here on the blog, “The Docket” is my weekly post that gives you a little peek into the life of the Attorney in an Apron, and what kinds of fun things are happening in my life this week!

Wow so this week was crazy y’all.  So much stuff happened I almost don’t even know where to begin!  So I’ll start with the most exciting news which is that my best friend Marina, who I JUST MENTIONED on the blog for her birthday just got ENGAGED and I am basically bursting with love and happiness and joy and I just feel so many exciting feelings at once I just almost can’t even take it.

So that happened on Tuesday.  On Monday I was offered a new (amazing) position with another firm, and decided to accept the offer, despite the fact that I will absolutely miss all of my colleagues at my firm.  Then Wednesday I went for my first bridal fitting (YIKES that means the wedding is getting REALLY close!) and the rest of the week I was dealing with transitioning between firms, talking to clients and just taking care of some housekeeping things.

On Saturday, I went to hot yoga with my friend Hilary, and it was awesome.  Then I went to my mom’s with my friend Arpita to work on table numbers and table assignments for the wedding (yea it must really be getting close!).  Then Saturday night I went out to dinner with Arpita and her husband, Bren.  Sunday I relaxed, finally watched Frozen, and then we had Matt’s Dad and Karen over for dinner and a very belated Christmas celebration.  It was so lovely, and the perfect way to end the week!

So what did you guys do this week?

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I can’t believe it’s already Friday.  AGAIN.  This week literally FLEW by, and I can’t believe I’m back here again posting for Fee SIMPLE Friday.  This week I thought I’d do a Valentine’s Day edition because this is the perfect little treat to enjoy after a romantic dinner.  You can eat it by itself (hello decadence!), in a nice warm cup of coffee, or with a cup of nice steamed milk (think delicious dark chocolate hot chocolate!) (more…)

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The biggest news of the week is that my Champagne Raspberry Grapefruit Pops made it onto How Sweet Eats’ Currently Crushing On!!!!!  I’m freaking/spazzing/geeking out and I can barely control myself.  It’s actually quite nerdy but I’ve been following her Currently Crushing On series religiously and I check it every Saturday before I get out of bed never expecting to see myself and it completely caught me by surprise and I shot out of bed, spazzed out and woke up the dog.  Week.Made.

Not too much else to report here unfortunately, since I have STILL been sick and I’ve barely been hanging on for dear life.  I tried a couple of witch-doctor tricks from my girl Phi, and they actually worked! I’ll be doing the warm milk with sugar again tonight!  I also got to talk to her for a whopping hour and a half on the phone tonight, which thrills me to no end because I’m obsessed with her.  I also got to chat with her hubs since I was on the car phone, so it was doubly fun!

I started Whole30 on Monday but as I’ve said I’ve been sick for two weeks so I’m really just doing the best I can to stick to it and have been doing pretty well, with a few doctor-recommended supplements.  Hoping for a recovery at some point in my future because this is seriously starting to get old.

So what’s going on with you guys?

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