Roadtripping and Farmers Wife Pear Tart

road trip with pear tart

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I love travelling like most people and sometimes find the best trips are ones done spontaneously without to much planning.  Last Christmas, we decided on the spur of the moment to drive to Sydney to visit our daughter Emma who lives there.  We went to bed early with the anticipation of getting up at the crack of dawn to begin the 10-12 hour journey.  My husband and daughter always like to leave super early but I’m of the belief that you shouldn’t be driving when you’re meant to be sleeping so managed to contain them to a leaving time of 5am or so…

Farmer's Wife's Pear Tart

When I was young and we did roadtrips as a family Dad would be super vigilant about making sure the car had been serviced and was in good shape.  I guess with mobile phones, better highways and modern cars these days people are more casual about that.  We’re all members of the RACV in my family, it makes me feel secure knowing the roadside assistance is available any time of the day or night if the car breaks down on a roadtrip or when I’m going about my day to day business.  I couldn’t think of anything worse than being stuck on the side of the road with no-one to call.  Make sure you put it on your to do list if you’re not already a member, they do care and have never let myself or my family down and we’ve used them alot!  These videos show the frustration of breaking down in a nutshell, thank goodness the RACV is heaps more helpful than the people in these scenarios!

road trip with pear tart

It’s always good to have a break when doing a long car trip.  On our way to Sydney we stopped off at Glenrowan and then Gundagai for lunch.  We bought pies and coffee from one of the bakeries and found a nice spot in the park.  It also gave us a chance to have a look around the town and find tourist landmarks like The Dog on the Tuckerbox.  Drinking plenty of water and sharing the driving were very helpful, our daughter is learning to drive so this was a good chance for her to get some driving practice in.  We aim to enjoy the journey and if other cars are impatient behind us or want to speed we just let them pass on by.  Arriving safely is the most important thing of all.

This Farmer’s Wife’s Pear tart is a great tart to take on a roadtrip, it’s quick and easy to bake.  There’s no pastry and everything is mixed together in a bowl before being poured into your baking tin and baked in the oven.  Very nice to have with coffee on one of your breaks.  Do you like doing roadtrips?  What’s been your favourite?


A Farm Wife's Fresh Pear Tart

Farmer’s Wife’s Fresh Pear Tart

2 eggs, 4 tablespoons milk, 225g/80z caster sugar, salt, 170g/6oz plain flour, 900g/2lb fresh pears, 22 cm/9in springform cake tin lined with baking paper, butter for dotting the tart.

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5.

Beat the eggs and milk together in a bowl.  Add the sugar and a tiny pinch of salt and continue to beat.  Add the flour, mixing it well to make a compact cake batter.

Peel and core the pears and cut into small chunks, add to the batter and mix gently.  Pour the mixture into your lined cake tin, level the mixture with the back of a spoon and dot evenly with little bits of butter.  Place in the upper third of the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until the top has become golden.

This recipe has been slightly adapted from “Essentials Of Italian Cooking” by Marcella Hazan.


Catherine x


  1. Miranda

    THis tart looks so good and seems so easy to bake!! I used to love roadtrips a lot more, when I was a kid my father always took us on a roadtrip every summer, and it was really cool, I got to know my country top to bottom thanks to that. My honeymoon was my fave roadtrip, though, we left the center of Portugal northbound and then entered Spain and drove all the way down ’till we re entered Portugal through the Alentejo. At one point in the trip we were driving through the countryside in the deep of night and it was raining cats and dogs, the car had water up to the doors, I was scared stiff as we could see nothing ahead nor behind nor sideways. The car in front of us noticed we were foreigners and probably did not know the roads there and drove ahead of us real slow, guiding us out of the country road into the highway. Scary but cool, heh!

    1. Catherine

      Your honeymoon roadtrip Miranda sounds like a dream trip, one my husband and I would like to do someday. Glad the rainy night part of it turned out the way it did, sounds like an adventure you won’t forget. x

  2. tina @ Colourliving

    Ha. I must make sure I travel with you on road trips and get fed like this if we break down:-)
    That tart looks amazing and so delicious!

    To be honest I used to do more long road trips. In my 20’s I would kust decide to drive back to Frankfurt so hopped in the car (alone) and drove the 7-8 hours without a break.

    In my 30’s I would drive with people and now I’m afraid I tend to fly as it’s so much quicker.

    I’m surprised to hear you guys break down so much. I believe I’ve never broken down on a motorway and hope not to:-)

    I do of course have RCA cover (that’s what they are called here) but rarely use them. I have used them in the past and also for my Vespa. The guys working there are always super friendly and they make me feel really safe, especially when I once broke down at the airport at midnight.


    1. Catherine

      Wow Tina, 7-8 hours without a break is a long time I would have to stop at least once for a coffee to keep me going! We do a mixture of flying and driving, love driving as it means we have our car at the destination and we can take as long as we want to get there. I should clarify my dad’s car use to break down alot when we were kids not our car now. I’ve been a member of the RACV since I was 19 when I got my licence, I’ve always found them super friendly and feel reassured they are just a phone call away even if I just have a flat tyre I don’t know how to deal with. xx

  3. mel

    Hi Catherine,

    Oh road trips are as small as we can possibly do at the moment with the kids. But I have to say I do love the anticipation of them, heading on a holiday, lunch stops… Makes me feel like heading away. The tart looks lovely and simple to do. Mel x

    1. Catherine

      I know roadtrips can be hard with small children as they get so bored and are always asking “are we there yet!” you could do some beautiful roadtrips in New Zealand Mel, Nick and I did a roadtrip around the North Island of New Zealand many, many years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly.

  4. Amanda @ Gourmanda

    Oh, I’ve done that Melb-Syd, Syd-Melb drive more often than I can remember. In fact, we probably passed each other on the road over Christmas, as I drove down to Melbourne to spend time with family. :)

    It’s a tough drive – definitely easier when you can split the driving between two or three, and stop off along the way for treats as well. Next time, I’m contemplating the coastal route, instead of the inland route – might take longer, but it might be more interesting as well!

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