Tuesday, June 9, 2009

TWD - Parisian Apple Tartlet


I admit it - I have pastry envy. Every week I go through the Tuesdays With Dorie postings and read how people halved, quartered or eighthed their recipe. These adjustments often involve mini-chips, extra small eggs, melon baller-sized fruit and a single vanilla bean. Tiny perfect confections seem to rule the day.

I enjoy everyone's artistry. What could be lovelier than a perfectly formed mini-torte topped with a single raspberry? Or a single spoonful of custard?

I draw the line at a so-called cupcake on a stick. Any cupcake that can be eaten in less than one bite, cramming aside, is just wrong.

Unfortunately, I'm seldom able to participate on this microscopic level. I have a macro-family to feed, five adult-sized appetites. If I told them that I'd decided to quarter this week's recipe and that I'd be out of the kitchen in under an hour, with time left for a leisurely stroll before dinner, the whining would be deafening. And the tummy-rumbling.

I haven't done it yet.

So, this is my big week! I finally got to make something in miniature. A plate full of tartlets!

A single sheet of President's Choice All Butter Puff Pastry, one apple and one large apricot made nine tartlets. Plenty to go around.

Easier even than custard, this is a Slice, Sprinkle and Bake recipe. A little fruit, butter and brown sugar. Pop them in the oven at 400F for 20 minutes. These are as delicious as any bakery's danish.


For a more detailed look at the recipe, and some adorable photos, please check out the blog of Jessica at My Baking Heart who chose this as our recipe of the week. Thanks Jessica! It's a keeper.

Here's one more photo of my apricot tartlet with a dollop of next week's homemade Honey Peach Ice Cream.

31 comments:

  1. Look at all of those tarts! I'm jealous that you got to eat your honey peach ice cream with it. I tried, but I just couldn't pull it all together. Great job, though!

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  2. How perfect! I'm with you, there are 6 of us here and a mini version wouldn't have worked. I got five square pastries from one sheet and it worked out well as they were pretty big :)

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  3. Those look gorgeous and I love the apple apricot combination. I always end up making things small because there's usually just one person, sometimes two, eating the goodies. I envy your ability to make the full recipe. Sometimes all of the downsizing gets very tedious!

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  4. Oh! So cute Clivia! Simple, yet gorgeous! Bravo! Very, very well done!

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  5. Sometimes I wish I had more hungry mouths to feed with all this baking. I bet it's easier to scale up than to scale down like this was. They look great.

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  6. Your tartlets looks perferct!
    So cute with the apple and apricot combination. Nicely done!

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  7. The apricots sound delicious! I wish I had one right now. I'm hungry!!!! We loved these.

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  8. I want one. Can you feed one more? I bet the apple/apricot combo was great together. I loved the simplicity of these too. Nice to not have to spend hours in the kitchen. I bet the ice cream with the tartlets was fantastic.

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  9. See, I had to go with the mini-minis as everyone we had over last night would not have gotten one if I hadn't (I would have eaten too many before they even showed up! ;)
    I love your mixed fruit in the tarts. And I love apricots. I need to find some farmer's market apricots. They just hardly have any taste from the grocery store. Great job!

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  10. I love your mini-tartlets, they look soooo cute!!
    So far Canada's been treating me real good!! Today we're planning my stay in Canada, we're thinking of going to Toronto Friday the 19th and stay there overnight!

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  11. Oh, those look delightful. I am with you on the mini thing...2 16 year old boys (one a competitive swimmer) and there would be no point in making minis (one bite wonders) as they would pop them like peanuts and I would have spent all that time for nothing...full size portions only. I made the tartlets, they were gone in a matter of minutes. "Can you make some more?" Sure thing, so easy, no problem. Teenagers! I love the choice of your fruit in these.

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  12. Thanks so much for baking with me this week! Love the photos! :)

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  13. Clivia, that looks GREAT! Fruit and brown sugar goes a long way!

    Can I be a part of your family so you can feed me, too? ;)

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  14. Apricot sounds so good! Minis can be fun, but there's something to be said for making the full recipe and feeding your macro family!

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  15. bwahahahahah!


    I don't think I have ever halved a recipe either. There would be revolt on my hands if I did.

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  16. Your post cracked me up. I halve the recipes--because I end up eating them all myself ;) Glad you and your family enjoyed these!!

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  17. You really made me laugh! I bet the apple and apricot together was really good! I'm so glad this one got you out of the kitchen in record time, and that you got to enjoy it with your honey peach ice cream.

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  18. Cooking for 5 adults has got to be tough!!! I only have one son to feed which means there are never leftovers after one day.

    Your tartlet looks great.

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  19. Clivia you totally have nothing to be envious about! Your Parisian Apple/Apricot Tartlets look amazing! I love that first photo - the pastry puffed soo much it looks like a bowl of fruit goodness! And mixing the fruit up together - soo clever!

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  20. You cracked me up about the cupcake in one bite thing. I'm right there with you!! I like your variation.

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  21. That surely is better than the vanilla yogurt, granola and berries I am currently scarfing. I love that you had the peach ice cream. BTW I share your sentiments about all the recipe division. HAHA I figure I can share. Same effort and energy. Oh and also, I am jealous of your all butter puff pastry. I loved this little treat.
    AmyRuth

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  22. yuuuumm! I love apricot! I bet these were amazing!

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  23. I love the addition of the apricots - perfect!

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  24. All of your little tartlets look perfect! The apricots are so pretty. I also enjoyed that this recipe made just one tartlet - since there are only 2 people at my house I usually try to scale the recipes down and it was nice not to have to do that this week!

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  25. I love the minis--they're so cute! And your combination of apple and apricot is intriguing--I wouldn't have thought to combine those two.

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  26. Beautiful, I'm glad you got an opportunity to try minis! And BTW, small desserts are cute and practical for two-person households, but I sometimes wish I didn't have to bother with strange measurements and tiny pans.

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  27. I only hear rumblings if it's something they like. Especially if it involves chocolate.

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  28. So funny! I'm sure they loved these little mini tartlets. I agree, the weird math trade off is not the best part. That is probably why I just find people to give stuff to!

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  29. Mmmm...apricots. I did miniaturize mine, but I thought this was so easy, you could mass-produce the minis. Yours look scrumptious.

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  30. I try to 1/2 or 1/4 recipes b/c it's just me and Hubs in my house but anything other than dividing by 2 or 4, forget it! I don't know how ppl do 1/6, 1/8, 1/5 etc. HA! Love the apricot version! Great job!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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  31. love the minis!! looks delicious :)

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