Pears come in more than 5,000 varieties. Choose ones that are firm, without blemishes and with stems attached. The pears at the supermarket have often spent a few months in cool storage, so they are usually a few days from being fully ripe.
- 3 Comice or Bartlett pears, peeled, halved, cored, and sliced
- 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter a 9-inch pie dish. Peel, halve, and core 3 Comice or Bartlett pears; slice 1/4 inch thick lengthwise. Arrange slices, overlapping slightly, in dish.
In a blender, process 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter, 1/3 cup each granulated sugar and all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 large eggs, 3/4 cup milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth.
Pour batter over pears; bake until golden and firm to touch, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar.