Book Club & Pear Almond Torte Recipe

I recently started up a book club here and we met last month for the first time after reading The Help. I know I'm speaking for all 7 of us when I say we had a blast! I cannot wait until next month! We're reading 'Wildflower Hill' by Kimberly Freeman if you'd like to skype in!

For The Help, I stated on the invite to bring a Southern-inspired dish.  Well, I thought it was funny a couple girls asked me for ideas and I'm from NJ! I just used good old Google! I made a Pear Almond Torte (recipe below) and Cream Cheese Pound Cake (recipe post here):

Of course the book club on The Help wouldn't be complete without Chocolate Pie! Thanks to Marcy:

 Audrey brought Corn Bread Muffins:

Katie brought Snicker doodles with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Icing:

My mother in law Leona brought Ham Peach Pecan Bake:

I wasn't able to get pictures of Jen's Hash Brown Casserole or Courtney's Pumpkin Cake, but both were fabulous! Without a doubt, the highlight of the evening was Jen's Cupcake Bouquet:

Seriously, how beautiful is that? I think Jen got offended because no one came in the room with a cupcake on their plate, but we didn't want to eat it, it was too pretty!

Overall we had so much fun talking about The Help as well as any other topic that came up.  I highly recommend either starting a book club or joining one, they are so fun! Book clubs definitely open you up to reading new books, meeting new people, as well as trying new cuisines, etc. 

Pear Almond Torte

1/2 cup      butter or margarine, softened
1 cup         sugar, divided
1 cup         flour
1 pkg.        (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1                egg
1/2 tsp.       vanilla
1/2 tsp.      ground cinnamon
4                fresh pears (1-1/4 lb.), peeled, sliced
1/4 cup      Sliced almonds

  1. Heat oven to 425°F.
  2. Beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar in small bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup of the remaining sugar in same bowl with mixer until well blended. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Spread onto bottom of crust. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon. Add to pears in large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange over cream cheese layer; top with nuts. Bake 10 min.
  4. Reduce temperature to 375°F; bake torte 25 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen torte. Remove rim. Refrigerate torte 3 hours.


  1. Amazing post, soooo yummy!
    And great blog!
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  2. Those all look amazing! But that cupcake bouquet definitely steals the show!

  3. Ummm.... I want to join your book club! First of all, I loved the Help and thought it lived up to all the hype I heard about it. Second, I would definitely eat a slice (and seconds) of that pie. Delish!

  4. FUN book club! Love the food themed to the book (huge fan of the HELP, too!).


  5. I love this idea :) I attempted to start a bloggers book club and read "water for elephants" but then my life hit a rocky patch when my Grandmother became ill and I never started reading... now that things are setting down again maybe I should revisit the book club idea.

    xo Teresa
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  6. That torte looks amazing! Sounds like a great time.

    (Also, thanks for your sweet comments about my blog! Thanks for stopping by!)

  7. amazing post. All the food looks fabulous and i love those cupcakes.


  8. Thnkas guys! We should start up a bloggers book club. Teresa (commented above) is the one to contact.