This recipe is based on one my grandmother used to make (and my mother still makes.) The original is for apples, specifically green apples, as in not yet ripe apples. The crust is a tender, sweet pastry crust, and my grandma and mom make it by hand. (I like the food processor, but whichever method your prefer will work.) A simple powdered sugar glaze is applied shortly after it comes out of the oven. It is typically served at room temperature, but it's also good slightly warm. It can be eaten for a sweet breakfast treat, or as a dessert or snack.
I have been experimenting with different fruit and herb fillings. My husband's favorite (so far) is the pear rosemary. I've added rosemary to the dough as well as the filling. In the first version the filling oozed juice, so I decided to add a grated Granny Smith for some extra pectin. A small amount of sugar & lemon add just enough sweetness and zing to the rosemary scented pear filling. I used Starkrimson pears, and left the skins on. I think any firm ripe pear would work, and I leave the skins up to you!
If you want to make the apple version, use green apples, no rosemary, no lemon zest or juice, and 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar in the filling. My grandma would just layer the apples straight into the crust then sprinkle with the sugar, salt, and butter. - hardlikearmour —hardlikearmour
This isn't your squishy grocery store danish. Even after being draped with a festive trail of icing, every inch of the dish maintains its integrity -- from the flaky, rosemary-flecked crust to the firm, sweet bites of pear in their gentle tart-savory sauce. This recipe is meant to feed a crowd and is just as good warm, room temperature, and even cold the next day (or two). In other words, it's the perfect holiday breakfast. - A&M —The Editors