Tuesdays With Dorie: Parisian Apple Tartlets

June 9, 2009

This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Parisian Apple Tartlets: rounds of puff pastry topped with apple, brown sugar, and butter. I’m still resting my ailing knee,  so thank you to Jessica of My Baking Heart, for selecting an easy-on-the-knee recipe so that I could participate this week! Check Jessica’s site for the recipe or look on page 319 of Baking: From My Home to Yours. Or, you can probably figure it out by reading this post!


What I did:

  • I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. The recipe recommends using an all-butter puff pastry; however, my husband has temporarily taken over grocery shopping duties and I wasn’t going to ask him to go on an all-butter puff pastry hunt.
  • My largest round cutter is 3″, so I used that to cut out four rounds.
  • I peeled and sliced one Fuji apple. The recipe says to cut an apple in half and then cut the half into quarters, but that seemed too chunky for my tastes, so I sliced it thinner.
  • I had some puff pastry left over, so I twisted the pieces and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar.


How it went: Dorie says that this is “almost embarrassingly simple to make.” It was super-simple and I was not embarrassed by that! Thaw the puff pastry, cut out the rounds, peel and slice an apple, sprinkle with brown sugar, dot with butter, and bake. The cinnamon sugar twists baked in about 20 minutes; I think I baked the tartlets for about 30 minutes. (And one of these days, I’ll remember to jot down the total baking time!)

How it tasted: Tasty and simple. I like a good fruit dessert, and fruit + puff pastry is a great combo. I think this would have been great with vanilla ice cream. My husband seemed to be expecting an apple pie, and he was pleasantly surprised by the crisp, flaky puff pastry. The apples were a little crunchy, but we liked that. My husband thought that the cinnamon sugar twists were too plain, but said that he “wouldn’t turn one down.” I think they’d be better with big sugar (um, I’m sure there’s a better name for it than “big sugar” but I can’t think of what it is right now – anyway, I know you know what I mean).

Would I make this again?: I’d like to give this a try with homemade puff pastry. Admittedly, then this recipe would no longer be embarrassingly simple. I’m not knocking the Pepperidge Farm, but homemade and is so buttery and delicious – I think that would…kick it up a notch? Take it to the next level? Upgrade it to Parisian Apple Tartlet 2.0?

PS: Are you interested in joining the fun? Check out the Tuesdays With Dorie site for information on joining the group!


  1. Your tarts look delicious!

  2. I like how you sliced the apples. I wish I would have thought of something fun to make with my leftover puff pastry. Mine ended up in the trash – you were much more creative!!

  3. Looks fabulous to me! We thought they were yummy too 🙂

  4. Looks delish!! I haven’t made these yet….

  5. AHHhhhh! Yes! I’ve been to Paris many times… and THIS is how I remember tartlets looking like! Bravo!

  6. These look great! I tried to use up my scraps, but they burned. I’m impressed with how yours turned out. Yummy!

  7. Thanks so much for baking with me this week… even on your bum knee! Love the cinnamon twists! 🙂

  8. Love how you placed the apples. Looks delicious!

  9. Your tartlet is picture perfect! And I wish I had one of those twists right now.
    Well done.

  10. These look great. I can’t wait to see the version 2.0. I would love to eat one of those twists. Yummy.

  11. Love your idea of the cinnamon twists with the leftover dough. And the tarts were amazing. We loved them.

  12. Way to use up the extra pastry dough!! The tart looks good. I went with thinner slices, too. I liked it just fine!

  13. Beautiful tarts.

    I was trying to think of a way to use the leftover pastry. Great idea.

  14. Your Parisian Apple Tartlet looks yummy! You can see the sugar coating on the apple. I can’t stop looking at the puffy pastry too! Hope your knee feels a lot better soon!

  15. Your tartlet looks wonderful! I’m with you – I really want to make this again and try my hand at making puff pastry!

  16. yumm! those twists look delicious, and a nice addition to the tartlets. the puff pastry i made wasn’t too difficult, and had such a delicious flavor!

  17. I like the way you cut the apples, much more manageable that way. I agree: someday I want to make puff pastry, this seemed way too easy! And you were kind to not send your husband on a big all-butter puff pastry hunt; I feel bad about some of the ingredient treks I’ve made my boyfriend go on.

  18. Big sugar! I like that expression.

    I thought this tasted just like apple pie, too – but much less work (thankfully).

  19. Yes, this did taste like apple pie, but was so easy. I am going to try to experiment with these babies for my next ladies’ get together! I think they will be a hit.
    Nice going!

  20. What a fun idea! Cinnamon twists! Love it. I’m with you. I am NOT embarrassed about this at all. Actually I was bragging to my Hubs about how easy it was. It’s kinda like getting a pair of Coach shoes on sale! HA!

  21. These look awesome! I did my scraps with big sugar (I LOVE that expression) aka turbinado sugar with cinnamon and they were yummy too.

  22. These were winners, and your right, why be embarrassed by easy?

  23. Wow, I would have been lucky for my husband to even find the Pepperidge Farms stuff, LOL.

    Your tartlets look fantastic… so dainty and cute.

  24. Beautiful tartlets, and I agree with you. There’s nothing embarrassing about something this delicious!

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