Pear-fict Mini Rustic Tarts

One of my new years resolutions is to tackle (and maybe master) rustic tarts. I’m talking ground up. From that amazing crumbly buttery crust to the delectable filling.

My first attempt of the year was a rustic bourbon pear tart. If anyone is craving some pure earthy rustic goodness (with a little smokey bourbon kick) make this today.

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As for my first attempt at a tart crust I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t perfect, but I wasn’t that far from my goal of tart crust heaven. The recipe (CRUST ONLY) was thanks to Sweet Fine Day. I will confess I have never made scratch crust before. The horror stories of the complication of a pie crust left me running for the refrigerator section poking that famous giggling dough boy.  Unfortunately our favorite sugar-rushed cartoon doesn’t make the crumbly, heavenly crust I’m determined to master. As far as I know scratch is the only way to go.  Do not be afraid to try this recipe. If you can manage your way around a typical scratch recipe you can handle this.

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As for the filling, I found this absolutely scrumptious rustic bourbon pear filling thanks to Design Sponge (FILLING ONLY).
For those that know me I doubled the bourbon, other than that minor change follow the directions as listed. Assemble the pie (lay out the pear slices pretty if you feel so inclined) bake as directed and enjoy a pure rustic symphony of flavor. These tarts actually get better a day or 2 after baking. The flavors really meld and intensify making for a truly earthy treat.

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Where HAS she BEEN?

Hello my Pretties! It’s been a long while since my last post way back in May. (MAY?!?!)  Let’s just say it’s been a busy couple of months.

This happened

baby sister's Sr. Prom!

baby sister’s Sr. Prom!

Which was quickly followed by this

Baby Sister Graduated High School

Baby Sister Graduates High School

And this

(one of) My Best Friend's Wedding

(one of) My Best Friend’s Wedding

And this

Engagement pictures! (more on this in a later post!)

Engagement pictures! (more on this in a later post!) photo credit http://www.lbfoto.com/

which lead to this

Bridal Shower Tea Party!

Bridal Shower Tea Party! (more on this in a later post!)

and this

Bachelorette weekend in the country

Bachelorette weekend in the country (more on this in a later post!)

oh and then this happened

We don got married ya'll!

We don got married ya’ll! (photo credit http://www.lbphoto.com) (WAY more on this in many posts coming soon!)

Which obviously led to this

Vancouver Island Honeymoon!!!!

Vancouver Island Honeymoon!!!! (more on this in a later post!)

and some of this

tea, cookies, and kayaking in Vancouver Island

tea, cookies, and kayaking in Vancouver Island (more on this in a later post!)

oh and a lot of this

sleeping. lots and lots of post wedding sleeping.

sleeping. lots and lots of post wedding sleeping. (complete with the glow of a roaring fake fire)

phew.

With all that stated I’m happy to announce I’m officially decompressed, recharged, and ready to get this blog a-rolling again. Look forward to LOTS of new projects, recipes, and general merriment. New year, new (married) me. Thank you all for holding tight during my long sabbatical. We’re back, and prettier than ever.