Friday, April 20, 2012

Vegan Nashi Tart, and going to a party where most of the food was vegetarian

I love nashi pears, pity that the season is short... mostly I eat them raw, cut into thin slices, but since I had quite a few I wanted to make a quick tart. This is too easy! I just used one sheet of ready rolled vegetarian puff pastry, then I peeled and cut 2 big nashi pears and placed the slices on top. I finished everything with a dusting of icing sugar and placed the tart in the oven until the edges of the tart were puffy and golden. As a final touch I sprayed the tart with some grappa spray. Nashi are good for cooking and baking because they keep their shape and don't become brown! This I will make again, it was even better than an apple tart, which is saying a lot (for me!).

A cameo note: a few days ago we went to Sophie's engagement party, and soon as I got in I noticed that most of the food was vegetarian! There were just a few fish dishes, but for the rest Sophie had asked for a mainly vegetarian party, even if the vegetarians present could have been counted on the fingers of one hand. She said that she went to too many parties where most of the food was not suitable for vegetarians, and she wanted something different this time (she doesn't eat meat herself). Of course I could not photograph everything, here are just a few snippets (including Nick's lovely potato fritters) but there was so much wonderful food that for once I ate a lot, but mostly, I ate a variety of different things! 
Thank you to Sophie's family who hosted the party, and congratulations and all the best to Sophie and Brendon.

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Kiwi bloggers watch this space: next week I will have a wonderful give away for you!


  1. Amo anch'io questo frutto e la sua freschezza, semplice e deliziosa la tart.
    Buon fine settimana, a presto!

  2. I have never tried a pear tart, what a great idea. Diane

  3. What a perfect tart :D
    I love Nashi pears!
    And so nice to meet a Kiwi blogger - I'm Aussie :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Hi sweet friend....loving this today....pears are one of my favourites.
    Hugs to you for a wonderful weekend. xoxoxo

    1. Ciao Koralee, I pinned one of your photos and it got re-pinned so many times!!

  5. All the best to this sweet couple and..I love Nashi too!Lovely your tarte-idea!
    Kisses, have a nice weekend

  6. Better than an apple tart? You've convinced me to give this a go!

  7. WoW Grappa spray - it looks amazing - looks like you could even wear it as perfume LOL
    Did you get it in NZ?
    Nice and easy tart, I made an apple one recently but added custard and used sweet short pastry - so quick and easy when you dont need to make the pastry...

    1. The grappa spray looks like a bottle of perfume, I used to keep it in my handbag when the kids were little and I went to a lot of birthday parties with them and sometimes I was offered a cake that was.... well, didn't appeal to me, so I used to quickly give is a spray and then eat it (without offending the host). The alcohol evaporate when spraying, but the taste remains and it goes very well with chocolate cake too!
      I don't think that you can get it in NZ though...

  8. It looks so simple! I saw ready-to-go pastry in the shop other day but I was really unsure about it, now I know its worth a try. By the way Big Congrats to your friend! Best wishes!
    I kept dusting off your little yellow stars :))

    1. I am quite fond of the little stars, which is good as I cannot remember how to take them off!

  9. I tuoi post e le tue foto sono sempre questa volta la grappa spray ha rapito la mia attenzione!!!

  10. This looks divine, and so easy! I am going to get some nashi pears and try it!



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