French Frdays with Dorie

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Parisian Apple Tartletts

Oh, how I jealous I am of Jessica. I wish I had memories of eating something like this in Paris. I wish I had memories of eating anything in Paris, but alas, I have not visited the City of Lights so far. It's something to dream about.

Go to My Baking Heart, her blog, to see the full recipe for this incredibly easy, delicious and satisfying dessert.

I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry; I wanted to try the all-butter version, but I did not see it at the Fresh Market or Kroeger. I will try to stop by Trader Joe's tomorrow when I pick up my fruit and see if they have any. I can't justify the expense of Dufour and if Trader Joe's doesn't have their less expensive version, I'll probably do as many others did and make my own. Because, I am definitely making this again. It is like a sophisticated apple turnover - or should I say an open-faced apple turnover?

Next time I will probably add a little bit of spice to the brown sugar - maybe give the apples a light dusting of cinnamon sugar before I put them in the oven.

I used McIntosh apples. I generally eat Granny Smith apples, but I went with Dorie's suggestion of a sweeter apple. I can't even stand the thought of touching a Golden Delicious apple - I've never had one that wasn't mealy - so the Mac was as sweet as I could go. But, my gosh, what is with the apple growers? I don't want a ten-pound apple for a snack! I cut my apple into sixteen pieces and made four tartletts because a half an apple was just huge.

I had a good bit of pastry left over so I made myself a Nut Duo Tartlett with Nutella. I covered the dough with chopped walnuts and slivered almonds. Then I sprinkled on some brown sugar, cinnamon, and dabbed the top with a little butter. I baked it for about 20 minutes and after it came out of the oven I dabbed on about 2 tablespoons of Nutella. It smells divine and a couple of the nuts fell off so I munched on them. Delightful - gotta love a toasted nut.


Tracey said...

I hear you on wanting to visit Paris - I'm so jealous of all the blogs I've read today that mentioned Paris trips. Your tartlets look wonderful!

Heather said...

Good description of these lovely tarts as open apple turnovers. Yours came out beautifully. (I have much to learn.)

Marthe said...

Dreams are to be treasured!! Paris is a lovely city, I'm sure you'll get to visit it someday!

Your tartlets look good, I really liked these!

debbie said...

They look so delicious. But,you know me, I'd have to add a scoop of ice cream on top! :):)

Hornedfroggy said...

Thanks so much for baking with me this week!! Um, do you mind shipping one of those Nutella tartlets down here to Texas?? ;)

TeaLady said...

I was soooo young in Paris - a silly teenager - but I remember the pastries.

Your tart looks delicious.