Tuesday, June 9, 2009
TWD: Parisian Apple Tartlet
This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe was Parisian Apple Tartlet(s). This is Dorie’s little gift to all of us bakers who attempt to scale back every week: it’s a one portion recipe! (But you can make as many or as few as you like). I had half a package of Trader Joe’s puff pastry leftover from when the Sweet Melissa Sundays group made apple turnovers a couple months back, so I made four of these adorable little pastries: apple, cherry, apricot, and peach. Since I didn’t make my own puff pastry, I think it officially qualifies as easiest TWD recipe to date: chop fruit, cut dough, sprinkle with butter and sugar, and pop in the oven – a simple and lovely summer dessert. I gave this recipe a 7 for Deliciousness and a 1.5 (I pitted more cherries than I actually needed) for Effort, giving it an EDR of 4.66.
For one of the serving options, Dorie recommends wrapping the tartlets in wax paper to eat standing up, so you can imagine you are in Paris. I loved that idea, because really, is there a better place to be? And these tartlets definitely remind me of Parisian bakeries. A while back Mr. Penpen ran a marathon in Florence, and for the second part of the trip we went to Paris and consumed a gargantuan quantity of pastries. Since I wasn’t the one who ran twenty-six miles, not to mention all the training involved to complete the race, I was worried I had gone a bit overboard. Luckily, that worrying was unwarranted since all the walking we did balanced out the overindulgence. So lesson learned: eat whatever you want on vacation! And now whenever I feel heavy, Mr. Pepen dismisses my complaints and grumbles about the “phantom Euro pounds."
Many thanks to Jessica of My Baking Heart for this great selection. You can find the recipe on Jessica’s site and see what the other bakers thought via the TWD blogroll. Since this recipe involved such minimal preparation, I decided it would be a good week to do a rewind. And what is the total opposite of a this delicate little French pastry? Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters: three classic cookies merged into one tasty treat – yummy! They were chosen back in September and you can find the recipe here.