Tuesday, June 9, 2009

TWD: Parisian Apple Tartlets


Oh, thank goodness. Quick, easy, elegant, and tasty. Those are all pretty good adjectives for a dessert, aren't they? After some relatively big baking projects, it was nice to whip these up on a busy weeknight. I think, after all the stress I've been under at work, that Jessica read my mind. I needed something quick and simple. Needed.


So in the interest of having the post reflect the dessert, this one will be short and sweet. Not elegant, because I'm not really that way. Sorry, I swear like a sailor, use sarcasm and irony way too much, and like jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. I'm pretty sure that's three strikes right there. No weekend wearing of pretty sundress and high heels is going to make up for that, although hopefully it mitigates it a bit. Oh yeah, and not the tasty bit either. 'Cause, um, that'd be a little awkward, doncha think?


Two notes: I used Braeburn apples which were pretty sweet to begin with. Nice and crisp though. Since they were sweet, I forswore the brown sugar and butter on top and just drizzled some honey over them pre-bake. If you go that route, I'd just suggest drizzling enough that the top of the apples doesn't dry out in the oven. I probably could have used a bit more than I did.


Last Week: Cinnamon Madeleines
Next Week: Honey-Peach Ice Cream

52 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

looks perfect and yummy! can I have one now ? :)

Megan said...

ha! I did a square shape too!

This was a perfect, easy recipe - and your week sounds like mine.....

Judy said...

They look delicious. I have enough puff pastry remaining to make another one. Soon.

Marie said...

Oh your little tart looks delicious Caitlin! I think it's qite perfect!

Michele said...

Your tart looks amazing!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Not elegant my foot, these look totally elegant and fabulous tasty.
I'm thinking I'd brush these with a light mix of honey and lemon juice.

Mary Ann said...

yummy! I love the way you sliced your apples. You made me laugh too, so thanks.

Cakelaw said...

LOL - I adore your honesty! The honey sounds like an interesting idea, and your tartlet looks great.

Pamela said...

I like the square tart! I hope that some of the stress goes away!

Amanda said...

I squared mine too :) I love how the sliced apples look, I should have done that!

Dorie said...

You'd never know you're "not elegant" if all you had to go on was your apple tartlet -- it's elegance itself.

bittersweetblog said...

After seeing so many cute little apple tarts thanks to this event, I'm seriously tempted to grab a sheet of frozen puff pastry and whip up some of my own. Looks delicious!

Lady Baker said...

I like the square shape and the sliver/crescent shaped apple slices! Looks great11

Marthe said...

Yours looks perfect, I would really like a piece!!

rainbowbrown said...

Ay, lady. This tart is gonna be a regular thing for me because now I have to try it with honey.
PS - My verification word is "stanktv"

Pollyanna said...

Honey!! I actually thought about using honey on mine too. But I thought caramel would be even better. Next time I may have to try honey. Your tartlet is lovely!

berrybushel said...

What? sweatshirts aren't elegant?

Kidding aside - your tartlets look incredible! The apples on the angle take up the elegance rating!

dharmagirl said...

gorgeous. utter simplicity and goodness. yay:)

Bridget said...

Yes, easy is good. Makes up for a certain over-chosen category... (coughcelebrationcakescough) I do love those sliced apples - it looks great and it seems easier to eat as well.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

That looks lovely, simple, and elegant. Oh, and delicious!

Clivia said...

You're not the frilly apron type? Me neither. And we bake just fine.
Your tartlets look lovely!

Kayte said...

Looks very pretty in that shape with the fanned apple slices...of course, I could have left off the butter and brown sugar, but then the guys would not have made sure I didn't have too much of it to eat...LOL. Yours look beautiful, love them on that plate.

Jamie said...

Love the square shape! So pretty and elegant! Nice job!

jillbert said...

Honey sounds great with the apple. Your tartlet looks fantastic!

Maria said...

I love the square shape. The tartlets look divine! Nice job!

Megan said...

Nothing wrong with t-shirts and jeans, If I dress up, I just put on newer blue jeans and a t-shirt that I ironed. Isn't that the way people dress up? I wouldn't, shouldn't, couldn't wear heels.
The tartlet looks very elegant. Just like my new black jeans. heehee

Karen said...

Short and sweet. :) I am a jeans and t-shirt girl myself. Looks delish!

Manggy said...

Oh man! I hope things get better for you a work, and quickly. Here's what the sound of me eating this under stress would be like: *CHOMP* "mm, excellent." Yes, I'd eat it in one bite, hee hee :)

Tracey said...

Love the square shape and the way you sliced your apples! I was psyched about quick and easy this week too :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

so nice to have an easy recipe (hey--i'm a t-shirt and jeans wearing, sailor-swearing, girl, too)! yours looks great!

Katrina said...

Simplicity at its finest! Great for you, great for me.
P.S. We dress the same! ;)

Natashya said...

They are adorable, I love baked apples.

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful.

I wish I had made mine square.

Hornedfroggy said...

Thanks so much for baking with me this week! Your apples slices are so pretty! :)

Banjo said...

Right on for easy and yummy!!! Agreed!

Leslie said...

I love these as square tarts! You were so smart to slice your apple and fan out the slices since a lot of bakers had topping slippage. I thought this one was proof of why I should always have puff pastry in the freezer.

Amber Marie said...

Nice tartlets. I was also thankful for a nice, no-fuss recipe this week. Here's to more!

Peggy said...

Of course you had to be wonderfully different and make yours square! Love them. These were so good!!!

Em said...

Swear like a sailor and use sarcasm too much? Honey you're my kinda gal!!! And you're a sister engineer - woot woot!

Oh... uhm... your tartlettes look great!

Tania said...

Love that you did squares...I totally thought about it, but went with the circles since Dorie told me to!

You pics are great!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

That apple tartlet is tempting.

Y said...

I love chopping and changing between time consuming and easy baking projects. The easy ones help you get through the tough ones.. and everyone goes home with cake at the end of the day (or apple tartlet, as in this case). I'm a sundress and heels wannabe, but the reality is more jeans and some wooly jumper, week in week out.

Di said...

I like how you sliced the apples. I wish I had thought to do that; maybe mine would have cooked faster. And I had the same problem with the apples drying out. I hope things at work are getting better.

TeaLady said...

Caitlin, these should have been right up your alley - already downsized. Looks perfect to me.

Cathy said...

Swear like a sailor and use sarcasm and irony a lot? I knew there was a reason I liked you. Your tartlets are gorgeous. Great idea to omit the sugar with sweet apples.

Heather B said...

yum! Good idea with the honey! I'll have to try that next time!

Veron said...

I love apple desserts and these tartlets look absolutely like my kind of dessert.

Jamie said...

That is indeed the perfect little dessert, snack or breakfast. Those would disappear quickly at my house.

Elra said...

The prettiest Apple Tart out there Caitlin! Look absolutely delicious as well.

CB said...

... and I LOVE that you are a jean-wearing-sailor-swearing baker. Don't ever change. Tartlets look delish. I bet the honey was yummy. Great job!
/Clara

Steph said...

It looks really pretty! The honey is a great idea. I like your square version.

Mermaid Sweets said...

The tarts look fabulous - and I loved your recycle post!