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a recipe by
Melissa Riggs
Abingdon, MD

Hmm..what to do with that extra box of cake mix sittin' in the pantry? We went to the farm over the weekend and my nephew went a little crazy on the pears..So! I'm thinkin pie :) Well theres also a box of quick-mix puddin and I do have a great pie crust recipe. What about tarts...

★★★★★ 1
serves 12
prep time 25 Min
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For pear-fect!

  • 2 c
    white or yellow cake mix
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 pinch
  • 4 lg
    pears or apples of your choice (sliced & diced!)
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter (to melt)
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    lemon juice
  • 1
    splash of cold water
  • 1 pkg
    instant vanillia pudding (i wager any flavor will do!)
  • 2 c
    milk (or whatever the box reads ;)
  • a few
    sighs/dashes cinnamon

How To Make pear-fect!

  • 1
    For the Cake-Pie-Tarts: In a medium mixing bowl combine white/yellow cake mix & salt. When you've finished stirring add the milk.
  • 2
    Now lightly grease your muffin tins & sacrifice a little extra cake mix to the counter-top/work surface. Roll out your dough. You may use cookie cutters to make circles or mini-crusts. I grab the dough by the handful and press it into the lightly greased muffin tins.
  • 3
    Place muffin tins in pre-heated oven and let bake for about 7 minutes and check them. The cake mix will cause the tarts to rise. Take a spoon and lightly touch the center. They will cave to form the tart.
  • 4
    Let bake for about 8 more minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  • 5
    Pears (or apples): Combine pears (sliced & diced) with butter,lemon juice and water in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cover with lid. let sit for 5 minutes.
  • 6
    Reduce heat to simmer and remove lid. Let sit for 10 minutes. Strain.
  • 7
    Pudding: Combine instant pudding & milk in a medium bowl and set in a cool space.
  • 8
    All together now!: Gently lift tarts (after they've cooled!) from muffin tins with a spoon to the edge. Fill with pudding. Add a spoonful (or so) of pears and sigh/dash with cinnamon.
  • 9
    Enjoy, you earned it! ;)