Leek Pie With Pears & Black Garlic

This is not your usual dessert kind of pie. It’s a little bit sweet, and it’s a little bit savory. It may not be the kind of pie you’d eat with vanilla ice cream, but then again, why not? I had recently acquired some black garlic and for my first time trying it this is how I chose to use it.

Black garlic is very soft, almost like a tarry jelly. It has an unmistakable garlic flavor, only much milder and sweeter with a bit of tartness, reminiscent of reduced balsamic vinegar.

black garlic

 

It began with cutting and washing the leeks. These were particularly muddy between the layers.

leek pie

leek pie

leek pie

 

The chopped leeks, with a sprinkling of kosher salt, were sautéed in butter then braised under a lid with a little added water.

leek pie

leek pie

leek pie

 

Meanwhile the pears had been cored and sliced.

leek pie

 

A dusting of flour, stirred in with a little added water, made a thick sauce. A few of the pear slices were also mixed in with the leeks.

leek pie

leek pie

 

So it’s a store-bought crust…  Hey, I’m a stone and brick mason, not a baker.

leek pie

leek pie

leek pie

 

When the pie was almost done I sprinkled a little Turbinado sugar on top.

leek pie

leek pie

leek pie



 


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