Rachel’s No-Pastry Pear and Almond Tart @KerrygoldUSA


This is a delicious tart and is also perfect for people who don’t want to make pastry. You can use a variety of fruit for the filling (see below).

Serves:  6
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and quartered, then cut into long slices
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz almond meal, about 1/4 in thick
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 5 egg whites
  • Confectioners’ sugar, to serve
  • 12 tbsp Kerrygold Salted Butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable

bottom and place a disc of wax paper on the base. If you prefer to serve this tart on the tart pan base, do not use the wax paper.

Sift the confectioners’ sugar and flour into a bowl and stir in the almond meal and lemon zest. Whisk the egg whites for 30 seconds, until just frothy, and add to the dry ingredients with the warm melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Arrange the slices of pear on top and sprinkle with the slivered almonds.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 350°F (180°C) and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until risen and a pale golden color. The filling should feel firm to the touch in the center.

Allow to sit in the pan for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to serve.

This is delicious with softly whipped cream.


Instead of pears, I sometimes use 4 oz raspberries or blackberries (either fresh or frozen) for the topping. Alternatively, I use 2 oz pine nuts instead of fruit. You can also make this with 4 oz peach or nectarine slices, which is particularly nice in the summer!


Rachel’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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OHHH YESSSS….These Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are possibly up there as my very favourites. This is a perfect day for some cosy baking. Let me know how you get on.. see Recipe below from my book Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen , @harpercollinsire @harpercollinsuk #baking #cosy #cosybakingday #doublechocolate #doublechocolatechip #doublechocolatechipcookies Makes 20 large cookies-never enough

225g butter, softened

325g caster sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

225g flour

75g cocoa powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

¼ tsp salt 175g dark chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 175’C.
Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper .

Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until very soft. Add in the sugar and beat to mix well. Continue to beat and add the eggs in one by one followed by the vanilla extract. Sift in the sifted flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix in until combined.

With wet hands, form the dough into balls the size of a golf ball (or use 2 soup spoons to scoop onto the tray) . Arrange on the tray , about 6 or 7 on each tray, leaving space for the cookies to spread.

If you’re using a fan oven, cook all three trays at once (at 150’ FAN ‘C). Cook for 9-11 minutes until they look slightly cracked on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove from the tray and place on a wire rack to cool completely. PS- You can just bake a few and keep the cookie dough in the fridge rolled up into a salami shape in parchment paper, then slice to bake when you fancy. 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪

Trisha’s Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood

**Cookbook Review**

I’m a big country music fan and I love cooking!!  So, when I saw Trisha Yearwood had a new cookbook, I had to give it a try! 

You can tell that Trisha has put a lot of heart and soul into this cookbook.  She shares family recipes and stories throughout.  Trisha has a way of making you feel like you are a guest at her dinner table.  By the end, you feel like you know, not only her better, but others in her family.

The recipes did not disappoint.  As always, when I do a cookbook review, I had to try some of the recipes so I could genuinely rate the cookbook.  There is a little something for everyone with 125 recipes that cover everything from breakfast, snacks, pork & beef, chicken, turkey & fish,  etc.  I made Company Chicken and PB&J Cookie Bars.  What I love about the book is that it doesn’t call for a bunch of fancy ingredients, and I had everything on hand to make these two recipes.  The Company Chicken was very flavorful and something easy that I will be able to make for guests.  The PB&J Cookie Bars have become a fast breakfast in my household and are also super easy to make.

Keep in mind that most of the recipes are southern-inspired comfort food so, if you want to make the recipes healthier, you may have to make some ingredient substitutions.

QOTD:  Do you have a favorite celebrity cookbook?  If not, what’s your favorite dish to cook?

Do you like country music?  Who’s your favorite singer/group?

Thank you @netgalley, @trishayearwood, and @marinerbooks for my ARC of #trishaskitchen in exchange for my honest review.

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