Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Parisian Tartlets (TWD)


The ingredient list for this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe: puff pastry, fruit, brown sugar, and butter. Who knew that this short and sweet ingredient list could create these beautiful and elegant tartlets!

As we're just jumping into the summer fruit season (yipeee!!!), I also used fresh cherries and peaches, along with apples that are called for in the original recipe (please visit My Baking Heart for the complete recipe)
Along with the 4 inch tartlets, I also made some bite-size baby tarts (cherries and donut peaches shown here):
Out of necessity, I made puff pastry from scratch, as Trader Joe's only carries their frozen puff pastry seasonally --- who knew that puff pastry went out of season!

The last time I made puff pastry was in my pro-baking class a year or so ago, and I literally made it one-handed as I was in a cast with a broken wrist (Mary Jo can bear witness to my one-armed fiasco!).

As you can imagine, the process this time around was a lot more pleasurable. In all honesty, puff pastry isn't all that difficult to make...it's scheduling the time to roll out the dough 4-5 times to get those beautiful flaky layers that makes the recipe a little tricky.

I ran out of time (apologies), so I owe all of you lovely TWD'ers a post on this puff pastry recipe, including process photos.
Roll out the dough, use a cutter (or a knife) to cut out the dough, top with fruit.
Sprinkle each tartlet with some brown sugar and dot with some butter. Pop them into the oven for 25 minutes (I only needed 20 minutes, as went a wee bit smaller for my tartlets) and voila! --- you are rewarded with a beautiful dessert!
Thanks to Jessica of My Baking Heart for a wonderful selection this week! Please make sure to make the rounds at the TWD blogroll.

38 comments:

Isabelle said...

quel bel assortiment de tartelettes, Linda ! c'est superbe ! moi aussi, j'ai fait ma pâte feuilletée, c'est tellement meilleur :)

Melissa said...

Wow, your tartlets are gorgeous! The ones with peaches and cherries sound delicious!

The Food Librarian said...

You are such a flake!!

Well, I mean, your homemmade puff pastry is BEAUTIFUL! Such a nice tart!

Marthe said...

I love all your variations and the fact that you made your own puff pastry!!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

every one looks so delicious! and what a lovely homemade puff you've made!! (much easier to do with two functioning arms and hands, i bet!)

chocolatechic said...

Gorgeous as always.

myfamousrecipe said...

Your puff pastry looks so professional. I used peaches and blueberries, but now I want to try it with cherries, too!

vibi said...

I've been to Paris many times... and this looks pretty much exactly like I remember tartlets to be in pastry stores! ...you probably have hidden French genes, I don't know about! LOL LOL Totaly beautiful!

Pollyanna said...

Your pastry looks amazing. I may have to try it by hand next time. Lovely!!

Amy said...

YUM! These look amazing! Great variations!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Charli said...

Your puff pastry looks so...puffy! Kudos for making it from scratch! These are really beautiful!

Ingrid said...

I'm just in awe that you very successfully made your own puff pastry! I bow to your greatness!

The tartlets look so sweet in your even mini-er size!
~ingrid

carmencooks said...

your homemade puff pastry looks AWESOME! i love the idea of the cherry tartlets .. perfect for summer. yum :)

Cynthia said...

Really nice job - one handed, huh??

SUGAR B said...

I LOVE YOUR PUFF PASTRY! WOW!

GORGEOUS!

Kudos to you for making the pastry from scratch and I want to try all of your yummy variations!

Mary Jo said...

true, you did it one handed and ended up w/ the best end result than anyone else in class :) these all look fantastic!!!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I love the rectangular shape. So pretty. And homemade? Kudos to you.

Hornedfroggy said...

Thanks so much for baking along with me this week! Your photos are just gorgeous! :)

Pamela said...

Beautiful! The puff pastry looks so gorgeous and I love all of the tart varieties you did.

RecipeGirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love that you experimented w/ different shapes, and omg... you made your own puff pastry?? I'll have to try that sometime.

jillbert said...

Your tartlets are beautiful, and it looks like your puff pastry was a huge success!

dorie said...

Such a beautiful selection --really gorgeous. And your puff looks perfect!

Audrey said...

I love your little shapes...they look wonderful!

Tracey said...

I envy your baking skills - homemade puff pastry with one hand?? That's intense :) Your tartlets are stunning - probably my favorite this week.

Lauren said...

Your puff pastry looks fab. I come to your blog just to drool over the photos. Really lovely. You've outdone yourself--look at those flaky layers!

Elise said...

Beautiful! And you made your own puff pastry. You are a brave and talented woman. And patient. :-)

isa said...

All of your versions looks delicious! I love them!

Marta said...

you are my hero!!! to have made your own puff pastry with one hand... you deserve a life-long supply of Trader Joe's puff pastry, without seasonal restriction!
the fruit toppings looks pretty and delicious!

Nichi said...

Yours turned out beautiful... better than store bought thats for certain. My TJs had it in a weird place in the case, I almost couldn't find it.

Engineer Baker said...

That puff pastry is just gorgeous! I love all the layers, it's just perfect. And I went with mini tarts too - a bit less tempting that way :)

Helene said...

First time here. Love your blog. These tartlets are perfect.

Anonymous said...

Oh my the pictures are beautiful!! and the tarts look delicious.

Kim said...

Beautiful pictures and I want one of each!

Carol Peterman said...

What beautiful puff pastry. What a relief it must have been to have two working arms when making it this time.

Ingrid said...

Hi, Linda!
Haven't seen you in awhile. Everything okay? Hope so!
~ingrid

nick said...

Your baby tartlets take the cake on this one.

"who knew that puff pastry went out of season!"

I was completely unaware of this one as well, until reading multiple TWD posts about it not being available. The seasonality of puff pastry is a complete non sequitur IMHO.

Your homemade dough looks wonderful as well. For some unGodly reason my edges never line up that nicely when I make it. I guess I need a cranky old French guy standing behind me the whole time screaming "Square up ze edgez... Squares them!!" :)

TeaLady said...

Missed you on the last round. All of those look wonderful. I love making puff pastry and then watching it puff up in the oven.

Wonderful job.

Justine said...

these are beautiful and look like they just came from a real parisian patisserie!

justine

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