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Old 11-25-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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Which spices go well with pear?

I made a pear tart according to a Danish recipe. It had ginger in the dough. I liked it but my DH doesn't really like ginger, so he thought it detracted from the dessert.

What spice(s) would you use for a pear tart if you were using a little bit of ginger?

What spice(s) would you use for a pear tart if you were not using any ginger?

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Old 11-25-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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I'd try nutmeg or cloves, but just a smidge. Thats in answer to both questions.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:38 PM   #3
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In addition to what Alix suggested, you could also use cardamom with or without ginger. I recently bought a jar of pear cardamom jam at a local market and it was really good.
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:18 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I used ground cloves. I will definitely try cardamom, but even if I hadn't already done it with cloves, I wasn't in the mood for grinding cardamom this evening. That's why I chose cloves instead of nutmeg ;)

I'll let you know how it turns out. It's in the oven now.
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:21 PM   #5
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My "famous" Pear Tart is made with browned butter custard and cardamom. :-D
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:34 PM   #6
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i like cinnamon. just don't over do it. and maybe a hint of nutmeg.
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The clove was good, but I should have put more than 1/4 tsp.
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My "famous" Pear Tart is made with browned butter custard and cardamom. :-D
Have you posted the recipe here?
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:56 AM   #9
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I cheat a lot, I buy bottles of ready made Gluhwein, leave the pears in it for a few hours then heat to poach them. I then use the lightly spiced pears in various ways and serve the drink as usual.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:43 AM   #10
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I'd try nutmeg or cloves, but just a smidge. Thats in answer to both questions.
I second this. I use these plus ginger in my pear pie.
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