TWD: Parisian Apple (and Nectarine) Tarts
This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Jessica of My Baking Heart. I was really excited when I read the recipe because 1) it looked delicious and 2) it looked sooooo easy! Seriously, the only ingredients are puff pastry, butter, brown sugar, and the fruit. Ok, so even though this was insanely easy to throw together I still managed to make it somewhat complicated... I blame the 15 month old pulling at my pants leg the entire time I was trying to put this together. The first thing I did wrong was coring the apple (I have no idea why but I always screw up when I core fruit)- I ended up with a mauled apple half instead of the perfect little apple blossom featured in the book. I did an even worse job with the nectarine tart- the pit made the fruit look very sloppy. But my really pregnancy-brain related mistake was putting the tarts on waxed paper instead of the parchment paper called for in the recipe- of course I ended up with a kitchen filled with smoke and a lovely smokey odor in my home for the rest of the morning! Believe it or not the tarts still turned out nicely! The brown sugar and butter makes a wonderful caramel glaze on the fruit and the result is simply delicious!
I used Peppridge Farm puff pastry even though Dorie specifically says that the tarts are only good with all butter puff pastry. I'm sure that she's right and that if I had an all butter puff pastry to compare it to that I would be disappointed with the Pepperidge Farm pastry- but honestly, it was all that my grocery store carried and I thought it tasted great! I used the extra little puff pastry scraps to wrap my mauled apple and nectarine pieces that didn't make it into the regular sized tarts. I thought these were a great and easy little treat!