Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Parisian Apple Tartlets -- Tuesdays with Dorie


First off, get ready for picture overload, I just couldn't stop snapping photos of these tartlets! A huge thank you to Jessica at My Baking Heart who picked these simple and delicious treats for Tuesdays with Dorie, what a great choice!

This is a very simple recipe, puff pastry, apples, brown sugar, and butter, that's it! My challenge to myself was to finally make my own puff pastry. Honestly, I don't shy away from many recipes, but puff pastry has always seemed so 'out-of-reach' for my culinary capabilities. I don't know why, because really, it's not that hard!


After much rolling and folding, and a ton of butter (4 1/2 sticks!) -- we have puff pastry -- yay!


But, would it puff? Would I get a big schlopy mess of dough that resembled raw pie dough? I was so nervous!


Here is my test tartlet...



Before and after baking...


Ta-da! Look at that puff! It puffed, it puffed! Yay for puff pastry! No more Pepperidge Farm for me :)

Time to make a few more delicious dainty tartlets. I decided that the extra butter on top was not essential to a perfect apple tartlet...but after seeing how much butter went into that puff pastry I don't think skipping a few butter dices matters at all.


Before and after baking again...


I'm just so amazed that the puff pastry turned out! The apple and brown sugar were amazing and even my super picky husband who usually doesn't care to try TWD treats stole two of these as soon as they got out of the oven and loved them.


But really, how could anyone not want a bite of that buttery, flaky, apple-y, brown sugar goodness? Just look at those layers!


I can't wait to make some apple turnovers with my leftover puff pastry, and yes, I have quite a bit left, I'd sure hope so after 4 1/2 sticks of butter!! I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did with this recipe. I can't wait to see all of the tartlets posted for Tuesdays with Dorie, I'm sure there were a ton of creative takes on these, sometimes I like to shake things up a bit with TWD but my family really enjoyed these as written, simple Parisian Apple Tartlets :)


18 comments:

Basically, Baby Boots said...

Looks delish! I've never made puff pastery dough, instead I'm always buying it. After viewing your amazing pictures, I'll have to give it a try. Well done.

Megan said...

Congrats on making your own puff pastry - some day I hope to take on that challenge.

They look beautiful, better than the book!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Your dough came out perfect!! I mad emy own also, and I thinkI rolled it too thin (compared to yours) and mine didn't puff as high. Yours look great!

Michele said...

Your puff pastry looks amazing and your tarts are gorgeous!

Flourchild said...

Yahooo for you and making your own puff pastry! I used P.F. It was such an easy fun recipe to make and tasted so yummy! I love the look of your tartlets and Im glad your man enjoyed them too.

vibi said...

I can't believe you actually made your own puff pastry. WOW! What courage, Andrea... I would never have... pfff... I'm way too lazy! LOL

The end result is amazing! ...you MUST have French genes! lol

Natashya said...

They look awesome! Congrats on your puff pastry skills.

Hornedfroggy said...

Thanks so much for baking along with me this week! I'm very impressed with your homemade puff pastry!! :)

Clivia said...

Four and a half sticks of butter? Tell me I did not eat three of these, standing up in the kitchen this morning.
Well done, Tartlets!

jillbert said...

Good job on the puff pastry - it looks flaky and beautiful!

Sarah said...

I was always really intimidated by puff pastry, too, but I'll be making it again, for sure. Your tartlets look great - it is awfully gratifying to see the pastry puff so beautifully, isn't it?

Tammy said...

What a trooper you are to make your own puff pastry! Way to go! Your tartlets look lovely.

Di said...

I love all the pictures. Isn't it so cool to have something you make work the way it's supposed to? Sounds like we may have used the same or similar recipes--mine took 4 1/2 sticks too. And that on top of the brioche I made this weekend. I try not to think too hard about how much butter I used this weekend... =)

TeaLady said...

OH!! GOOD FOR YOU!! I came THIS close to making my own puff pastry, but just really wasn't in the mood. Next time!!

And it rose perfectly. Great!

Tracey said...

Congratulations on making your own puff pastry! I really wanted to try it but it didn't happen this week. It must have been so gratifying to see them puff in the oven! Nice job.

Pamela said...

I've been so impressed by those of you who made their own pastry! You should be so proud. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

Cathy said...

Andrea! I can't believe that you made your own puff pastry -- it looks PERFECT and it puffed like a champ! Hooray! Now you can make it and freeze it and have tartlets and turnovers whenever you want them. They are beautiful!

Katrina said...

Wow. You go, Girl on making your own puff pastry! It looks great and I'm so glad it worked out for you. I opted for the no-butter route and used phyllo dough shells. I'm chicken, well, really it's because I LOVE puff pastry.

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