As a lifelong San Diego Padres fan, I grew up in the illustrious heyday of Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman. I used to enter poetry contests sponsored by the local supermarket to win baseball game tickets, and then I’d scream my little heart out from the nosebleed section for love of the game and free admission.
In addition to the soft serve in a helmet and the seventh-inning stretch, doing the wave was a major highlight. I was always amazed that so many people scattered around a stadium could coordinate a movement so fluid, even when some individuals weren’t perfectly in sync.
This design, made up of many thin slices of fruit layered together, reminds me of that orchestrated effort. Even if some of your slices are a little thicker than others, or the placement of your rows a tad wobbly, the overall effect will still elicit wave reviews.
I often refer to this as emergency shortbread. Its simplicity makes it the perfect candidate for last-minute dinner parties, surprise houseguests, or sudden midnight cravings, and its humble flavor profile complements any sweet filling. Keep this recipe in your back pocket.
Topping alternative: Apples
The type of pear matters less than the color variety, although for design variation, you can opt to limit your color assortment.
I serve this tart right away, but if you are concerned about oxidation, mix 2 tablespoons honey in a bowl with 1 cup water and soak the pear slices for 1 minute. Drain the slices and pat dry before arranging.