There is no escaping life's ups and downs. Sometimes after a day of bad news or unpleasant situations, it's good to come home and shut out the world and burrow under a warm quilt.
The best food for these occasions is something a bit homey and rustic, maybe made from odds and ends and whatever you have on hand.
This rustic tart is such a dish. You can make it with your favorite pie crust or even use a pre-made crust.
Rustic Walnut-Apple-Pear Tart
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup Splenda-brown sugar mix
2 tablespoons butter
2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 large pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup sugar or fructose
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pat pie crust into tart pan, rolling back the edges and doubling before crimping.
Sauté chopped walnuts in brown sugar and butter. Pour into tart pan, spreading them onto the bottom of the crust in a layer.
Mix sugar, butter and spices in large bowl. Toss apple and pear slices in this mixture. When thoroughlyy coated, later the slices into tart, atop the walnuts. Drizzle remaining sugar and butter and spices on top. Bake for about 45-55 minutes, until crust browns and filling bubbles.
Serve with whipped cream or even yogurt or enjoy it plain. You could even top it with a strussal-type topping or one made of walnuts, sugar and butter.
It's gooey and a little chewy. The sweetness is tempered a bit by the lemon peel.
Note: I used the pears and apples I had on hand, but I recommend Golden Delicious apples and Bartlett pears. The dessert is very crumbly when cut — but it's supposed to be a casual dessert for, say, a weekend at home. So don't worry about impressing anyone, just enjoy it!