Category Archives: & treats

Easy and Elegant Custard Pear Pie

We have two fruitful pear trees.
We have lots of pears this time of year.

I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes to put all these pears to good use. this is one of my favorites. I wont go on and on about the recipe, because if you are like me and looking for quick and easy recipes, you are reading – you;re scrolling. All I will say about this recipe before I get on with it is: the batter is made in the blender! THE BLENDER! So fast. So easy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized firm pears, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cinnamon sugar for topping
  • butter or cooking spray to coat pie plate

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees and coat pie plate with butter or cooking spray
  2. Place pear slices in pie plate
  3. Put melted & cooled butter, eggs, milk, salt, sugar, flour and vanilla in the blender, blend until smooth
  4. Gently pour batter from the blender over the pears. Bake for 50 minutes until the custard is firm, golden. Let cool the dust with cinnamon sugar.

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Tea & Macarons 

 Katie says:

Abby & I sampled the fine tea & macarons at Portland Patisserie. I liked that this chai wasn’t overly syrupy — like it often can be! I would, however, have liked to have tried it a bit stronger. Nevertheless this had a nice taste and was perfect to accompany these beautiful macarons! I don’t always instagram my dessert, but in this case it was to pretty to not post!

Abby says:

Holy macaron! So beautiful and colorful. Just the right pick-me-up on a cold winter day! The coffee flavored one was my fav. It had just right amount of coffee bitterness to balance the sweet. Loved how well the brittle crumbly outside matched the filling. My thoughts on the chai latte were mixed. The overall impression was that it was too weak. I needed more chai flavor, less milk. But it was blended well and was nice and frothy ! I would certainly try another one, but I think I would ask for just a bit less milk.

Tea and Cake Happy Hour at MAPS, Portland, Maine

MAPS tea

Believe it or not, one of the newer local bars here in Portland, hosts a daily tea and cake happy hour. From 4-6PM at MAPS you can get a pot of tea for one and a generous piece of house-made cake for $5. It sounds good, because it is good!

MAPS doesn’t have an an abundant selection of teas to choose from, but they’ve got their bases covered: traditional black tea, jasmine green tea and an herbal tea. I didn’t get a photo of the tea menu, but I recall about four tea options. Also the tea is served with all the accompaniments tea lovers need, all on a super cute tea tray.

The cake is really where it’s at! MAPS cakes are made by one of the owners. She typically has two options to choose from. The photo below shows a sponge cake with salted caramel frosting. She also has a chocolate cake with peanut-butter frosting and last week there was a chocolate-cherry cake up for grabs.

MAPS cake

MAPS hosts a more traditional happy hour as well with discounted draught beers and wines daily. If you find yourself in Portland, Maine make time to stop in to MAPS for some tea and cake, or a beer if you prefer. It will be well worth it.