Holiday entertaining and desserts have been on my mind for a while now. I love making our traditional treats and trying new things. Most of all, I want what I serve to be lovely and delicious. This simple recipe does the trick.
Below I’m sharing how to prepare both pear and apple tartlets. I love the taste of this dessert since it’s not overly sweet and tastes very fresh.
Puff pastry is an extremely versatile medium. So many ideas and inspirations can be found on Pinterest and online, but this particular way to work with it, will give you wonderful results every time. It’s also simple and great for beginners and has definitely built confidence in my little chefs/kids.
Here’s what you’ll need:
sheets of puff pastry – They can be found in your local grocery store’s freezer isle.
freshly sliced apples and pears – Try to slice them with the same width, so that they can cook evenly.
Here’s what you’ll do:
Mind you, there will be instructions on your puff pastry packaging and I recommend you follow them.
The first thing you’ll want to do take the sheets out of the freezer, to thaw at room temperature. About 20 minutes ought to do the trick. Pre-heat your oven. My home oven is at 400 for this recipe.
On a flat surface, lightly dust with flour and roll out your sheet using very little pressure.
Cut your pastry. For more precise portions, you can use a square cookie cutter.
Place a silpat or piece of parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and space out your cut pieces. I fit 8 of these onto my standard-sized cookie sheet.
Next, place your slices of apples or pears onto the cut puff pastry. It’s more pleasing to the eye to use odd numbers. It looks even better on the table if the pastries have a varied number of fruit, so I recommend making some with one slice, some with three slices and some with five slices.
Take your egg, and make an egg wash, to brush over each pastry, only after your fruit as been placed. To make an egg wash, use the egg white and whisk it in a bowl. I use a silicone kitchen brush to apply the wash.
Finally sprinkle crystalized sugar over the top. I prefer this sugar since it’s prettier and adds the right texture. This will be the only sweetener for your pastries.
Bake in your oven for 20 minutes. Again, please keep in mind that this is the perfect time for my home oven to get the pastry to bake to a golden brown. I recommend that you start watching your oven after about 15 minutes.
These patries should be made on the same day that you will serve them. One package will yield about 16 servings.
If you want to take this desserts over the top, allow them to completely cool and drizzle caramel over the top. Caramel makes just about everything better.