Tuesday, June 09, 2009

TWD: Parisian Apple Tartlet

I heart Jessica of My Baking Heart. I really really heart her. Dorie and her recipes are fabulous. I've tried many new and wonderful things. I've created many many dishes that the husband has to wash. Many dishes. This week's recipe was simple beyond belief. And not only was it simple, it was good. Really good. And versatile.

I needed four things to make this recipe. Four. The dishes? A knife, a cutting board, and a spoon. Four ingredients + three utensils + delicious = a total keeper.

Delicious like this.


And this.


It's frozen puff pastry topped with a few apple chunks, some brown sugar, and a bit of butter. Heaven. I will say that there are a few on the blogroll who couldn't leave well enough alone and made their own puff pastry. I say when there is Pepperidge Farm, why bother. The original recipe does call for a round pastry. If it's possible to be any lazier in this recipe, I found it. I cut squares.

Puff pastry, apples, brown sugar, butter.

I did mess around a little bit. I wanted to see if other toppings would work as well as the apples did. I have some lovely strawberry/vanilla/rhubarb compote in the fridge.

Before:


After:


Also completely delicious. The butter on this one was unnecessary.

And here's one that was just brown sugar and butter. Before:


After:


Very very good. Though I did lose a bit of the caramel. The good news was it stuck to the bottom of the pastry and I got to eat it anyway!

This is a recipe I can see myself making over and over again. It was simple beyond belief. My only note would be to cut the apples a bit smaller. I was afraid to let it bake much longer, and the apples had a bit more crunch than I would have liked.

I usually have puff pastry in the freezer. It would be a snap to pull it out before dinner, let it thaw during dinner, and then assemble the pastries while the table is being cleared and coffee is being made. Instant amazing dessert warm from the oven.

Thank you Jessica! Have I mentioned that I heart you? Next week is honey peach ice cream. The boy and girl are very excited about that one!

20 comments:

Cakelaw said...

Great job Jules. I love all the flavour possibilities with these, and they are so easy to make and tasty!!

Amanda said...

How funny, I did squares too, so I guess we are both lazy! LOL I did cut my apples smaller, glad I did now that you said that :)

Sabrina said...

I love how simple this was! Yours are lovely! Nice job!

Jessica said...

The compote looks so good -- hmmm. Might have to try this! Love the squares, too. I haven't made mine yet but I'm planning on having one for dessert this evening.

Marthe said...

Yum, this looks really good. I need a piece right now!!

Amy said...

Great looking tartlets!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Kayte said...

Beautiful...all of it...each and every single one. I love the shape of yours...I am thinking these would look very nice on some plates I have that are that shape. Need to go there soon. Ours were gone in like five minutes or less...so good.

Karen said...

Love the different things you tried with this. My husband is not a fan of cooked fruit so the butter and brown sugar might work for him.

chocolatechic said...

I bet some sweetened cream cheese on the bottom would be good too.

Megan said...

I love the brown sugar butter tart. mmm... especially where it gets totally crispy and stuck to the pan. Ha! That's the best part.

Anyhoo, this one's a keeper, that's for sure!

Hornedfroggy said...

Thanks so much for baking along with me this week! And, I heart you, too. :)

Katrina said...

Love all your "playing around" with this one. Chocolate, did anyone do chocolate? ;)
Delicious!

Pamela said...

All of your versions look good, but I'm licking my lips looking at the one that was simply butter and brown sugar. Yum!

jillbert said...

All of your variations look great! I like the idea of just butter and brown sugar.

Tracey said...

I love your variations! I also happen to think the square tartlets are cute :) This recipe was so yummy!

margot said...

All the varieties look great! I'm excited for the peach ice cream too.

MacDuff said...

I LOVE the rhubarb idea. That sounds just ridiculously fabulous.

Nice job on the puff pastry - they look super delicious.

TeaLady said...

Easy and delicious. How can you go wrong with that.

Love the brn sugar/butter tart.

Leslie said...

They're all gorgeous, but that last one with butter and brown sugar is my favorite. I may have to make that one tonight!!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I was able to cut mine frozen and it was even faster!! I'll take the compote one, I think. I saved my scraps and plan to shake some cinnamon sugar or herbed parmesan on them. Love your little equation; it is a keeper recipe for sure.