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 :)