Roadkill Pears


I made two tarts yesterday, one to keep and one to give away. They were based on cheesecakes. I used my cheesecake recipe here (and my homemade cream cheese). I used the recipe for one big cheesecake, but I divided it into two 8-inch springform pans. I only lined the bottom of each springform pan with the graham cracker crust. I divided the cheesecake mixture in half, half per pan, and baked. Meanwhile, I melted 1/4 cup butter in a skillet then I added 1/2 cup sugar and about 3 cups sliced pears.

I have pears again.

Roadkill pears! They’re little.

These pears were on the road. Just on the road. On our little dirt-rock road. 52 brought them to me and I was like, PEARS?! I am still having pear nightmares from last year.


I turned the heat on high and cooked down the pears in the butter and sugar. When I took the two small cheesecakes out of the oven, I scooped the pears, with just a bit of thick, sugary syrup, on top. I sprinkled walnuts over the pears, sprinkled MORE SUGAR over the walnuts, turned the oven on broil, and put the pans back in for about two minutes. Just long enough to get a little toast on the walnuts and a bit of burn on the top of the cheesecake. Don’t go overboard here. Just scorch it a tad.

Then I chilled ’em.

I gave one to Missy for bringing the iron and helping us to disbud Glory Bee and kept the other one for us.

It was delicious. Just an idea if you have too many pears in your life! Or apples. It would work with apples, too.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on November 1, 2010  

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  1. 11-1

    Looks good. I just went up to the local orchard area today and brought home about 50 lbs of pears ( I got a really good deal) for pear butter and 10-15 lbs apples for eating and pie baking.

  2. 11-1

    Too bad we already ate all the pears my brother brought here! They just tasted too good! By the way, I dried some pear peels and cores in the oven (we don’t have dehydrator, but oven worked just as well) and put them in a freezer. I haven’t tried yet how they work out when added to hot water.

  3. 11-1

    Suzanne, you have the adventuresome spirit of a true chef! My sis is the same. She makes up things and adds this and that and comes up with delicious food! Some of us aren’t so daring and we are missing out.

    The pear tart looks delicious.

  4. 11-1

    OMG! That looks fab. I can’t wait to try it.

  5. 11-1

    That looks soooo fabulous! Glad those pears didn’t go to waste out there on the road.

  6. 11-1

    oh my that looks delicious. your creative spirit is awesome Suzanne. :eating: :eating: :eating:

  7. 11-1

    Oh my word! Those look sooooooo delicious!!! :hungry:

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  9. 11-1

    :chicken: Whoa..that looks delicious! And I’m sure you needed that after the debudding operation. You even make that look like fun..well not fun but interesting!!! A real reward!!! YUMMMMMMY!!!

  10. 11-1

    I am in awe!

  11. 11-1

    Man that looks good!!
    We got about 25 or so honey crisp apples the other day. And we will be drying them all for apple chips.
    But man! That pear tart looks delicious. Makes my mouth water just thinking of that first bite.

  12. 11-1

    Looks delicious..I too have pears again, from my daughters pear tree, and I am going to make pear fried pies. Never made them before but I think they will turn out to be scrumptious!

  13. 11-1

    The deer have been taking care of our abundance of pears this year.

  14. 11-1

    Hey Suzanne!

    I might have to drive back up to Walton to see if I can find me some roadkill pears! :hungry: It drives me nuts when we drive by old houses that have pear trees, apple trees and peach trees and they are just letting them go to waste. I can’t seem to get my husband to pick a place in our yard to plant some trees of our own. That was in the plan when we bought this farm….

    Angela :wave:

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