Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pear and Dried Cranberry Baked Custard

Welcome to Day #2 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita's Cocina!  Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway.  We hope you enjoy this fabulous event.  Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
Today, I'm sharing a simple baked custard dessert. This is the kind of sweet that you want alongside a big mug of hot chocolate or coffee - or when you can't eat another super sweet baked good. This is light, creamy, and delicious. You could probably even pass it off as breakfast :) The pear softens and becomes this delicious sweet element that pairs so well with the tart cranberries. 

You know what's even better? It's made in minutes - like, less than 10 - with just a blender! 

Isn't everything in a tart pan automatically prettier?

Pear & Dried Cranberry Baked Custard
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 ripe pear, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 400.

Lightly spray a 10-inch fluted tart pan or pie pan. LIghtly dust with flour and tap out excess.

Cut the pear lengthwise into thin slices that are about 1/8 of an inch thick. Lay the slices in the bottom of the prepared pan in a single layer.

Add the flour, milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla, sugar, and salt to a blender. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the batter over the pear slices and sprinkle the cranberries over top.

Bake until golden and set, about 25 minutes. Let stand at least 15 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Source: slightly adapted from Martha's Stewart's Dinner at Home


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  1. I'm just saying that this is so pretty that I'd *almost* not want to eat it. ALMOST, okay. I'd totally down this.

    Happy day #2!

  2. Gorgeous and I looooove the combination of pears and cranberries!!!

  3. Heavens. That is one gorgeous dessert. Great job!

    1. Thanks! It's super easy but looks way more impressive - my favorite kind!

  4. love this project. I'm a new follower stopping by from The Tuesday talent Show at Chef in training link party.


  5. Pinned your sweet recipe!! I love the custard, hubby not so much! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! New follow to your social media.

    1. My hubby wouldn't eat it either :( Strange men! Thanks for the pin and follow!

  6. This is gorgeous Aimee. I am totally in love with this one. I can just picture my family digging into this over the holidays. I am so happy you joined us this week.

  7. I've never made a custard before but after seeing this recipe I might just have to!!


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