Pansies & Pears

We finally got rain! Yippee! We needed it so badly. With the rain and the finally cooler temperatures my sweet little pansies are lovin' it. And speaking of cooler temperatures, I made this wonderful Pear and Gruyere Torte that is a fabulous appetizer for Fall. I served it at the wedding rehearsal party and everyone loved it. It would be a very pretty presentation at your Thanksgiving dinner or any autumn dinner party. It's kinda pricey but it makes a lot and instead of Gruyere cheese you can substitute Jarlsberg. I did a mixture of both. Also, because there is so much it is hard to mix with a little hand held mixer like I have. If you have a heavy duty mixer you will be fine, otherwise I would mix it up in halves. I make it sound complicated but it's quite easy and so beautiful. It goes great with a crisp white wine. Try it .... it's a good thing. :)

**** Melissa over at theInspiredRoom is having a most wonderful party today and over the weekend to celebrate her 100th post. Please do drop in and see what all the fun is about. You won't be disappointed.

Caramelized Pear and Gruyere Torte

2 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sugar
6 large green pears, chopped
4 ( 8 oz.) packages Neufchatel cheese, softened
2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
1 cup chopped pistachio nuts

> In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in sugar and pears until well combined. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes until liquid thickens and pears begin to caramelized. (Watch carefully) Remove from heat: set aside, and cool completely.

> In a medium mixing bowl, combine Neufchatel cheese and
Gruyere cheese. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended.

> Line a round 8-inch cake pan with plastic wrap. Spread half of cheese mixture in bottom of pan. Spread half of pear mixture in pan; top with remaining cheese mixture; refrigerate for 1 hour.

> Invert onto serving dish, and remove from pan. Carefully remove plastic wrap. Cover sides of torte with pistachio nuts; top with remaining pears. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with crackers.


Cowboys and Custard said...

Lovely scrummy recipe Lynn.
I love the pansies too.. I have a pot of pinky red ones outside my front door.. they just go on and on and the flowers are so velvety..
Thanks for dropping by.. Pickles has gone back to bed... too exhausting to do anything but eat!

Carol said...

That looks yummy.
I have copied and pasted to print off and put in my collection of receipes.
I bought my winter pasies today and cannot wait to plant them out, they are so cheeky!

Scrappy Moments said...


The torte Looks Delish :) I am drooling and hungry now. The Pansies are Beautiful, are You going to use them as a Thanksgiving Centerpiece? They are Just Beautiful!


Sweet Remembrance said...

Oh Lynn...How could you!
I am so trying to diet & this looks so scrumtious!
(did you notice I said trying)
Thanks, will have to try this for sure...

Nunnie's Attic said...

OMG! That looks phenomenal!! I wonder if Swiss would work too. Ooh I can't wait to try this...


BellaColle said...

aGGh! that looks so delicious!! Thank you for sharing such a nummy recipe

Cape Cod Washashore said...

OMG! My mouth started watering when I saw the finished product! lol

Thank you for your SWEET SWEET note on my blog! I am so glad you are happy with your cards! =)

Carrie said...

Wow, I am new to your blog and I must say, this recipe sounds scrumptious! I will have to try it!

Unknown said...

OHHH Lynn,that looks so yummy!!! I just love pears!!

The flowers are gorgeous too! I will miss flowers for the next 6 months :(


Ruth Welter said...

Ow Lynn, thanks for this recipe, it looks so delicious.

vintage twist said...

Beautiful flowers and a great recipe, thanks.

Bristol said...

I love pansies! Recipe and pictures look great.

Anonymous said...

Yummy Yummy. I just want you to know I feel such peace when I visit you.

kari and kijsa said...

That looks absolutely delicious! So glad that your niece enjoyed the growth chart!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari and kijsa

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Oh that looks sooooo gooooood!! I am going to save that recipe and try it for sure!

I would love to play tennis!! I wish we lived a little closer. Do you play in leagues? USTA? Singles/doubles or both?

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Sorry I missed you at Melissa's party! I have been in and out all day - lol..

I have not played tennis since May. I hurt my back and then got kind of busy. I play singles and doubles, both club leagues and USTA..Rated 3.5 but play in a 4.0 club group. We have a indoor/outdoor facility here. I am thinking about playing Dec thru March in a league...I am worried my back will go wacko on me again though...

Janet said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am glad you enjoyed it. It is all so new and mysterious to me. I will be back to visit and look around later.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely my BFF!

Thanks so much for inviting your friends!

and that torte! YUM!


Elzie said...

That recipe looked just georgious. I'll try that one day. I hope you're having a great weekend.
Love Elzie

Elzie said...

I couldn't help laughing at myself. I ment that recipe was gorgeous and nothing else LOL.

CIELO said...

Oh, that looks soooo good!!!

Thank you for sharing the recipe...


Sharon said...

Oh Lynn this looks so good and sounds good too, Why don't you just drive on down here and make one for me.

ps...I just showed your plumber's butt pumpkin to my DH and he is rolling on the floor over it.

Amber Cargile said...

What scrumptious photos! And I have to tell you, your music selection sure made me smile. I had a classical lullaby CD I used to rock my babies to...and this song was on it. Sure brought a smile to this mama's face. Thank you for that!

Brittany said...

Looks delicious and your flowers are beautiful!!


Vee said...

Ohhhhhh, that looks absolutely divine. Pears are my favorite fruit so I'm thinking that this recipe will be coming to reality in my world soon. Thank you so much for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, such a pretty treat. Makes me just want to trail my finger right through all that yum. :)

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Lynn-that torte looks so delicious. I love to cook and will have to try this recipe! Thank you!

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