Tuesday, June 9, 2009

TWD: Parisian Apple Tartlet

Jessica at My Baking Heart is my new hero and best friend, though she doesn't know it. Anything with baked apples is at the top of my culinary loves. One day remind me to wax poetic about the Tarte Tartin I had during my 48 hours trip to Paris. It was long before I knew anything about food, but the trip gave me an inkling of what I was missing. So I was totally on board with any pick that has apples and sugar in it. Then add to the fact that on the busiest week of my year Jessica picks a recipe with no need for a mixer, a bowl, a sauce pan or most any other kitchen tools, well, I almost fell to my knees in gratitude!

I had some puff pastry from our friends at Trader Joe's in the freezer. Only needed to pick up some apples from the store, and I was ready to go. This couldn't be easier to make. But just like the last few recipes I've tried, it took longer to bake than stated in the recipe. And even then my apples weren't completely cooked. I was worried about the puff pastry being a little too done, so I made do.

It was yummy for dessert last night and yummy for breakfast this morning. I love the fact that I could whip this up at basically a moment's notice. We've had other desserts that were prettier, more decadent and/or sinful, but this wins in the "easy to make but with bang for your buck" category (don't worry if you didn't know that was a category until now. Neither did I).

This will be it for me until sometime next week. Plans for Mom's party are in full swing with relatives landing on Thursday AM and being drafted into work upon arrival. Shopping on Thursday, food prep on Friday, panic on Friday night into Saturday morning, then "too late to change anything now" mode at noon on Saturday. Wish me luck. I'll report on how it all turns out next week (I'd say after I've recovered, but it would be nice to make an appearance here sometime before 2010).

Will miss you while I'm gone. Have a nice week and see you soon!


Marthe said...

My tartlets took 10 minutes longer to be completely baked... But at least these were easy to put together and tasty too!!

Anonymous said...

I should have checked for doneness because mine could have used extra minutes in the oven - the apples were a little bit firm.
We used the same puff pastry and yours looks soo much better and puffier! Great looking Parisian Apple Tartlet!
Good luck with your party! Your family is lucky to have you plan all of this!

Hornedfroggy said...

Yay! I love new BFFs! :) Thanks so much for baking along with me this week - glad you liked the tartlets!!

Jayne said...

My tartlets took longer than the recipe stated, too. Ah well. I loved this dessert as well - apples and sugar and pastry are always a winning combination in my opinion! Great job!

Pamela said...

Oh, gosh! Tons of luck with the party! Looking forward to hearing about how it all came together and went fabulously! Nice job on the tarts! Easy and delicious...perfect combo!

Anonymous said...

Looks great and by everyone elses reviews of this recipe, it is def. going on my "to bake" list.

nick said...

These tartlets were delicious.

GL w/party and other busy-ness :)

Leslie said...

Mine took less time, but I didn't use apples. These look amazing, you're making me want to try them with apples! I hope your party goes well...don't stress out!

Bungalow Barbara said...

Mine took a few minutes more to cook, but not a lot. Maybe your oven is running just a lttle cool? You could try turning it up by 5 degrees or so.

I agree, these are easy and fabulous!