Welcome to the new blog!
You’ll notice that PlanetBakeLife has disappeared and in it’s place is Adventure Thyme. You’ll find I’ve changed on all social media except Facebook due to their outdated rules. So if you see Adventure Thyme pop up in your feed, hi, hello, it’s me!
I decided that a change was in order and to suit the new theme and new name, I’ve made a recipe where thyme plays a big part in making this delicious. You see, herbs are fantastic when paired with fruit. It has to be the right fruit and herb combination but when it happens, it becomes magical. Summer fruits are particularly good with herbs like basil, thyme and parsley.
My favourite combination? Thyme and pear. It goes so well together and pears are my favourite fruit so I decided a beautiful tart was in order to celebrate a new blog and a new me.

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You’ll find that this tart is perfect served with custard or whipped cream and a glass of white wine. It’s meant to be enjoyed outside on a summer evening. 
What I also love about this tart is how easy the pie crust was to make! Normally the crust is a pain in the butt, but this was so easy and the thyme bakes really well amongst the butter and flour. You could use either dried or fresh thyme in your crust but I used dried. I have learnt that the best place for dried spices and ingredients is the Bulk Savings Store on Dominion Road. They have a massive range of flours and spices and other baking ingredients at such reasonable prices. I got a whole kilo of chocolate chips for $6.90 so I felt I won that day. If you’ve never been down there, treat yourself to it one afternoon. You’ll need plenty of time to go through all the aisles (the place isn’t massive, there’s just a lot crammed into a small space) but you’ll probably end up spending next to nothing for a massive haul. Just a quick pie crust tip for you, make sure you touch the butter as little as possible. If your butter is melty and too soft, it makes for a less appealing crust.

pear walnut honey thyme pie adventurethyme

pear walnut honey thyme pie adventurethyme

You can use any kind of pears you fancy. Nashi pears were the easiest and cheapest version I found. Their sweet juice pairs really well with the honey and walnuts in this recipe but they stay just a little crisp even when cooked so they don’t just disintegrate in your mouth. You can also cover the top of this tart if you’d like to make it more like a pie or put strips of pastry over the top like I did. If you’re feeling super adventurous, the pastry recipe makes enough for you to cut out shapes to pop on top.

pear walnut honey thyme pie adventurethyme

pear walnut honey thyme pie adventurethyme

Pie Crust with Thyme
This flaky, buttery pastry is perfect for a summer fruit tart.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g Plain Flour
  2. 150g Salted Butter
  3. 1tsp Salt
  4. 1TBsp Brown Sugar
  5. 1tsp Dried Thyme (or finely chopped fresh thyme)
  6. 6-8TBsp Cold Water
Instructions
  1. Cut your butter into cubes and then pop it back into the fridge or freezer if it begins to melt.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar and thyme and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pop your cold butter into the flour mixture and use your fingertips to crumb the butter. There should be a mixture of larger and smaller pieces of butter in the flour mixture.
  4. Add the cold water a TBsp at a time. Use a spoon or your hand to mix the water until a dough forms.
  5. Pop the dough in some cling film and put in the fridge for half an hour.
  6. Roll out and use when ready.
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Honey Pear Walnut Tart
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This sweet tart with a crispy crust is perfect served with whipped cream or custard.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 Medium Nashi Pears
  2. 1 Lemon
  3. 1tsp Dried Thyme (or finely chopped fresh thyme)
  4. 1/2C Walnuts
  5. 2tsp Cornflour
  6. 1TBsp Liquid Honey
Instructions
  1. Core and chop the Nashi pears into slices. You could also dice these if you prefer.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the Nashi pears, thyme, liquid honey and cornflour.
  3. Zest the lemon straight into the pear mixture, chop the lemon in half and juice the lemon into the pear mixture. Use a spoon to mix this altogether. It will start to form a bit of a sauce which is what we want.
  4. Roll out the thyme crust (recipe above) and line a tart tin. I prefer a thinner crust but if you prefer something a little thicker just allow for a longer cook time. Prick the crust all over with a fork.
  5. Pour the pear mixture into the crust.
  6. Chop the walnuts into medium size pieces and sprinkle over the top of the tart.
  7. You can top the tart with more crust or leave it open if you prefer.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C.
AdventureThyme http://adventurethyme.co.nz/
pear walnut honey thyme pie adventurethyme

This recipe is going to be on repeat for me this summer. I’ll probably switch up the fruit and herb combinations I use but it’s definitely an impressive tart to bring along to summer events.