Elderberry Wine-Poached Pear Crostata

Elderberry Wine-Poached Pear Crostata

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This Elderberry Wine-Poached Pear Crostata is a new recipe I tried this summer that we really loved. Honestly, I thought it was amazing. Decadent enough to include as the finale for the finest Italian meal.

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I mentioned earlier this week how we’ve received boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables this summer due to the Covid-19 Virus. Hundreds of produce boxes were given out to members of our little community all summer. Which, in itself, was really awesome.

Red Anjou Pears

What was also really great about this distribution, was that we had the chance to try fresh produce that I normally wouldn’t purchase at the store. Purple Plums, from which I made plum chutney, bags of oranges for freshly squeezed orange juice, and also these really delicious Red Anjou Pears.

I’m honestly not much of a fruit person. I buy a little, but I’m never very enthusiastic or ambitious about it. You know how it goes. The same old, same old stuff ends up in my shopping basket. Bananas. Blueberries. Strawberries. Apples, when they are in season.

So, when these sweet little red pears (really, they looked like purple pears) ended up in my fridge, I knew I had to do something special with them. I immediately considered poaching them. Perhaps in wine? And serving them as poached pears with freshly whipped cream.

Baked Crostata

Or maybe serve them in a tart? A Galette? Or a Crostata?

What is the difference between a Galette, a Crostata, and a Slab Pie?

Did you know there is very little difference in all three of these things? In fact, mostly it’s about where the recipe originates. The French call these rustic tarts Galettes, while the Italians call them a Crostata. I have a feeling that folks in my part of the United States probably lean toward slab pies, but I’m not sure.

Since, I really enjoy serving Italian dinners to my family, I decided this recipe would be a Crostata! That wasn’t a hard decision.

 

Ingredients for Elderberry Wine-Poached Pear Crostata

  • sweet elderberry wine
  • granulated sugar
  • orange peel
  • cinnamon stick
  • cloves
  • Anjou Pears
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Shortening
  • Water
  • Whole Milk
  • Decorating Sugar

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Begin by gathering the ingredients. Prepare the pears by coring and slicing them. (I left the skin on.) Cut off a large strip of peel from a fresh orange.

Place the elderberry wine, sugar, orange peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil for five minutes.

Elderberries on the Vine

A Note About Elderberry Wine

For this recipe, I happened to have some sweet elderberry wine, so I decided to take a chance and see how it turned out in the recipe. It was fabulous! The extra flavor that the elderberries gave to this dish really pushed it into a top category for desserts. You know, like what you might try at a really fine restaurant.

Sweet wines are not something I normally have on hand, so the second time I made this dessert, I used a dry red wine and added more sugar (a total of maybe 10 tablespoons). This too, worked well, although it didn’t quite have that “amazing wow” factor.

All-in-all, if you’re going for a dessert that will leave your guests with such satisfaction they are speechless, buy some sweet or semi-sweet elderberry wine. The brand I tried was from Wyldewood Cellars, from here in Kansas.

Moving on with the recipe… Add the sliced pears and make sure they are covered by the wine. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pears (and the orange peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves) and place in a bowl or plate to cool.

Continue to simmer the sauce for another 10-12 minutes until the wine has reduced to a thickened sauce. Allow to cool.

 

Preparing the Crust

To make the crust, I simply used my basic pie dough recipe and cut it in half for a single crust. To do that, combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Using a blending fork, cut in shortening until small crumbs form. Add water in two parts until dough forms a ball. Gently knead 3-4 times until the dough is smooth.

On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a 13-inch circle. Transfer dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Arranging the Pears on the Crostata

 

Arrange the pear slices on the dough, (being as decorative as you desire) beginning in the center and working outward, leaving a 2-inch border of dough. Pour the reduced wine sauce over the pears. Fold the dough edges up and over the pears. The center should remain open.

With your fingers, brush 1-2 tablespoons of milk over the top crust. Sprinkle with decorating sugar.

Crostata Ready for Oven

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven until crust has browned, about 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool.

To serve, cut Crustata into 8-10 slices. Garnish with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. This recipe will serve 8-10 people.

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Recipe for Elderberry Wine-Poached Pear Crostata

Elderberry Wine-Poached Pear Crostata

This rustic dessert will make your guests give a sigh of content. It's that good.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Fine Dining, Red Anjou Pears, Slab Pie, Sweet Elderberry Wine
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

Mauviel Copper Pans
Blending Fork
Baking Sheet
Silicone Baking Mat

Ingredients

  • 3 cups elderberry wine sweet or semi-sweet
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 strip orange peel
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 medium Red Anjou Pears

Pastry:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening + 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons Decorating Sugar

Instructions

  • Begin by gathering the ingredients. Prepare the pears by coring and slicing them. (I left the skins on.) Cut off a large strip of peel from a fresh orange.
  • Place the elderberry wine, sugar, orange peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil for five minutes.
  • Add the sliced pears and make sure they are covered by the wine. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes until pears are just turning tender. Remove the pears (and the orange peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves) and place in a bowl or plate for them to cool.
  • Continue to cook the sauce on medium low heat for another 10-12 minutes until the wine has reduced to a thickened sauce. Allow to cool.

Preparing the Crust:

  • To make the crust, I simply used my basic pie dough recipe and cut it in half for a single crust. To do that, combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Using a blending fork, cut in shortening until small crumbs form. Add water in two parts until dough forms a ball. Gently knead 3-4 times until the dough is smooth.
  • On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a 13-inch circle. Transfer dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Arrange the pear slices on the dough, (being as decorative as you desire) beginning in the center and working outward, leaving a 2-inch border of dough. Pour the reduced wine sauce over the pears. Fold the dough edges up and over the pears. The center should remain open.
  • With your fingers brush 1-2 tablespoons of milk over the top crust. Sprinkle with decorating sugar.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven on one of the lower racks until crust has browned, about 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • To serve, cut Crustata into slices. Garnish with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. This recipe will serve 8-10 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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3 thoughts on “Elderberry Wine-Poached Pear Crostata”

  • 5 stars
    This crostata looks so beautiful and delicious you’ve inspired me to make what I’m calling a galette – though I’m using plums and a gluten-free crust. And mine won’t have elderberry wine until I come across some, but you can believe I’m on the lookout for it now!

  • 5 stars
    This looks really awesome. Pretty sure the pears soaked up in that delicious sauce and baked in the pie crust would be such a great combination!

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