Friday, June 8, 2012

French Fridays with Dorie: Olive Oil Ice Cream and Thin Pear Tart

It was time to get the ice cream bowl out of the cupboard and back in the freezer, so it's ready for impromptu summer ice cream making. One of my favorite cookbooks has a recipe for ice cream sandwiches, with an interesting flavor combination, that I've been wanting to make for the longest time. Now I'm motivated!

Speaking of interesting flavor combinations, I may have gone a bit wild on this week's French Fridays with Dorie Olive Oil Ice Cream. It has potential, but I used a tad bit too much of a certain olive oil in this one. Dorie's recipe calls for milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract and olive oil. She suggests a fruity olive oil, and I had originally planned to go down to Coronado Taste of Oils to choose one of their flavored oils. Until I saw that little bottle of Tartufo in my pantry. I'm not the first one to make white truffle infused olive oil ice cream and, like I said, it has potential. Just don't use 1/2 cup of the stuff. Subsequent reading suggests maybe a tablespoon or two at most.

Thin Pear Tart and White Truffle Olive Oil Ice Cream

I consulted The Flavor Bible to assist me in deciding what to serve with my ice cream.  Eggs, pasta and risotto are the key pairings, but pears and thyme were also listed. Pear tart came to mind and I was able to find a quick and easy recipe by Martha Stewart. There you have it. 

Thin Pear Tart

The truffle aroma and taste was toned down a bit by the pear tart, but it was still overpowering. Maybe I'll just melt down this batch and serve it over pasta.

Martha Stewart's Thin Pear Tart recipe can be found here. I varied the recipe slightly: I used about 1 1/2 Bosc pears, brushed the finished tart with apricot preserves, and sprinkled a few fresh thyme leaves over the top. I didn't sprinkle cinnamon over the top because of the truffle ice cream. Watch the cooking time as it gets crispy brown around the edges.  It was very good and a breeze to throw together.

Trapper and his new toy

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group, dedicated to Dorie Greenspan‘s book Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours. As members of the group, we have purchased the cookbook and cook along as much as we can. There is a new recipe each week, and we post about that recipe on Friday. We are asked to refrain from posting the actual recipes on our blog. The book is filled with stunning photography, and personal stories about each recipe, which makes it that much more intriguing. I highly recommend adding it to your cookbook collection if you haven't already!

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Maya Mohd said...

White Truffle Olive Oil ice absolutely decadent! And your pear tart is gorgeous, what a perfect pairing :)

Cher Rockwell said...

Truffle olive oil - nice. Beautiful tart.
A olive oil store just opened up near us & I love all the combinations they have to offer.

Susan said...

What a beautiful pairing! I used Lime Olive Oil in mine. I've never heard of "The Flavor Bible" - I'll have to check it out.

Enjoy your weekend!

LakeladyP said...

The ice cream and tart sound great, but I can't get past the picture of Trapper and his new toy! He is so adorable, and that looks like the flat critters toy that ALL dogs seem to just adore. As much as I love hearing about the fabulous dinners, I most look forward to updates on Trapper.

Anonymous said...

Pears make such great desserts this looks amazing. Yum!



Rose said...

That pear tart looks delicious. I had a similar apple tart this past winter and it was amazing. I need to give it a try at home and I bet the olive oil ice cream would be a great pairing. Sorry to hear that the truffles overwhelmed yours.

Adriana said...

Truffle oil was a very brave choice! I love The Flavor Bible and was glad you could find such great ideas for pairing the ice cream. I hope it turned out great as a pasta sauce!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

I admire your adventurous spirit. I would not have thought of truffle but I think it could be fantastic! I do think that when Dorie said 'fruity' she meant 'olive' and not 'infused with other stuff' though. If you make a batch with that type oil you won't get any olive taste at all. And lady, this tart looks just fantastic. Wow.

tricia s. said...

Holy moly- this was an amazing post. Your photos are stunning as always and I loved reading of your adventures and their results. I love pears and am absolutely going to try to make that tart -thx for including the recipe. And Trapper is adorable. That toy doesn't stand a chance :)

Guyla said...

Truffle oil ice cream sounds intriguing. The tart looks delicious! Wish I had an olive oil store!

Nana said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I am going to
bookmark that pear tart, it looks delicious. I love
making tarts and this week Costco had the biggest
blueberries to start me off for the season. Hubby
had one all to himself, ( do not like blueberries) and
Tricia's #1 son enjoyed a tart also.

loavesandstitches said...

That looks really yummy! I love pears and I bet t he ice cream was a perfect match.

Pacheco Patty said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Loving the ice cream flavor and your pear tart, a marriage made in heaven;-)

Teresa said...

Gorgeous combination - I'm betting the next time you make it, the proportions will be spot on.

I love the photo of your dog with his toy. Our dog is so attached to some of hers, that when we go away for a few days, she greets them like long-lost friends.

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a tasty and gorgeous combination. Nicely done!

Adele Forbes said...

Where is the Love button? The tart is amazing and your dog is awesome too. I have a 7 month old Bernese Mountain Dog by the name of Max and he is a riot. Looking so forward to disecting your site.

Adele Forbes said...

Where is the Love button? The tart is amazing and your dog is awesome too. I have a 7 month old Bernese Mountain Dog by the name of Max and he is a riot. Looking so forward to disecting your site.