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.