My lovely friend Sarah, i.e. Scrumptious Sally, gave me the beautiful ‘Tea with Bea’ book for Christmas. I have never been to Bea’s of Bloomsbury, but after looking at the stunning pictures in the book I am very keen to go. The chocolate cake pictured on the front cover looks especially inviting.
Though I haven’t, strictly speaking, tested an entire recipe from the book as yet, I did use it to guide me through this extremely tasty pear and frangipane tart.
I used my mother-in-law’s simple recipe for pears poached in red wine. This is another favourite dessert for us at Christmas time, usually served warm with a big dollop of creme fraiche. You simply bring half a pint of red wine to the boil, with a teaspoon of cinnamon, a slice of lemon rind and 3 tbsp of caster sugar, then poach six peeled pears in the red wine mix for around 40 minutes.
Phil in the Kitchen says
I love the combination of pear and frangipane and this looks lovely. I tend to poach pears in white wine these days since someone I know refused to eat red wine poached pears because the colour "wasn't right for a pear". Oh well, it takes all sorts.
What a lovely warming tart- and a great flavour combination! I've been to Bea's a couple of times- it is such a delicious treat to pop there for a slice of cake (or two, or three!)
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
I used to work about 50 metres away from Beas of Bloomsbury before I had my son, it's fortunate it wasn't there at the time as I'd have never been out of the place! Dying to take a peep inside this book!