Roadtripping and Farmers Wife 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…
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!
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?
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.