Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesdays With Dorie: Parisian Apple Tartlet

This week's Tuesdays With Dorie pick is Parisian Apple Tartlet, chosen by Jessica of My Baking Heart.

This is probably the easiest dessert I have ever put together. It goes like this:

1. Roll out puff pastry into a thin sheet and cut into a circle.
2. Halve an apple, cut this half into four pieces, and place on the puff pastry circle.
3. Dot with brown sugar and butter.
4. Bake.

That's basically it. No mixing. No dough-making. Incredibly easy.

One problem, though. The brown sugar and butter slid off and turned the bottom of the tart into a blackened mess. I caught it halfway through and slid the tart away from the charred pool of sugar, but then most of the leftover sugar also turned into a pile of char.

Next time, I'll have to make sure the puff pastry is as cold as possible (I think the pastry didn't rise enough to keep the sugar and butter in) and put the pieces of apple together to create a wider border of pastry.

The flavour of this tartlet (besides the slightly burnt flavour, of course) is worth a second chance. Simple but classic, with its homey baked apple and brown sugar taste, it would be perfect for an impromptu dessert for just one - or a dinner party, for that matter.

Just be careful where your brown sugar ends up!

Check out My Baking Heart for the full recipe.


Steph June 9, 2009 at 12:18:00 AM EDT  

Too bad it burned at the bottom, that's the part I hate about sugar! It looks really cute though!

Megan June 9, 2009 at 1:09:00 AM EDT  

Awww - I hate it when that happens. It's worth trying again, that's for sure.

Clivia June 9, 2009 at 8:21:00 AM EDT  

Your tartlet looks delicious! Next time I'm going to add more brown sugar.

Amanda June 9, 2009 at 8:32:00 AM EDT  

Looks great from here! I really enjoyed this : )

vibi June 9, 2009 at 10:12:00 AM EDT  

WOW! At first I thought... how cool would it be if the apple retained its green!!! Alien tartlets! LOL

Very, very nice Kait! Very French!

Hornedfroggy June 9, 2009 at 3:42:00 PM EDT  

Thanks for baking with me this week! I had problems with the butter/sugar combo sliding off, too... resulting in a few of the bottoms burning! :)

Pamela June 9, 2009 at 8:31:00 PM EDT  

It's definitely worth trying again, just because it's so simple. It looked good though!

Tracey June 10, 2009 at 12:15:00 AM EDT  

Bummer about the brown sugar burning the bottom a bit! It still looks terrific! Definitely give it a second shot - this is one of my fave Dorie recipes to date!

Anonymous June 11, 2009 at 6:42:00 PM EDT  

I like your Parisian Apple Tartlet! The apple looks really tasty!
I had the same experience with my first try! My puff pastry was too warm (so no puffiness) and the butter/brown sugar melted and burned all over the place. The next time I tried it, I made sure the puff pastry was cold and it puffed up nicely!

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