French Fridays with Dorie: Apple Tartes Fines

Mealy apples… blegh.  Few things are more disappointing than biting into an apple expecting a crisp, juicy mouthful only to find you got a sandy, tasteless one.  Even though I try very hard to pick good apples by smelling them and tapping to check for hollowness, they can’t all be perfect.  If there’s an element that redeems even the saddest apple, it is heat.  Instead of tossing mealy ones out, baking them until they are thoroughly warm turns inedible fruit into a comforting treat.  I bought earlier this week three Gala apples and struck out – that is, until I baked the bonne idée for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie selected recipe, Apple Tartes Fines.  These little tarts were so easy to pull off, it almost feels like cheating.

Essentially a ‘non-recipe’, the apple tartes fines are made with puff pastry, apples, an egg wash, and sugar.  That’s it.  I rolled the puff pastry until it was somewhere between 1/4″ and 1/8″, cut out the dough with one of my mini-tart molds, and pricked the pastry to prevent it from over-inflating.  The apples are peeled, cored, and thinly sliced, and after they are artfully arranged on top of the pastry (seriously – the hardest part for me), brushed with an egg wash and dusted with sugar.  Even though Dorie suggests baking these for 30 minutes, they looked perfectly golden brown by the 20 minute mark.  The buttery puff pastry offsets the apples perfectly, especially when enjoyed hot off the oven.

Since it’s my first FFwD post in a while, I decided to play catch up.  Last week’s hummus was an easy choice – I had everything on hand!  I normally eyeball most ingredients when making hummus and end up tasting and adjusting.  I followed the recipe almost faithfully – down to the four tablespoons of chickpea liquid – and enjoyed the results very much.  To punch up the lemony accent, I added the zest of half a lemon to the rest of the suggested ingredients.  The sprinkle of paprika makes it look just like the one we order from our favorite Turkish restaurant.

I did come up with a nifty trick to deal with a very separated jar of tahini – the immersion blender!  I hadn’t used the tahini in a very long time and elbow grease wouldn’t be enough to incorporate the separated oil with the sesame paste stuck in the bottom.

Tahini Trick! Immersion Blender

Eggplant Tartine Topping

Because hummus does not make a complete meal, I also made the eggplant tartines.  I wish I had cut out thicker slices of eggplant – you can barely see it in the pictures!  I did not have all of the ingredients on hand for the caponata, so I swapped the cherry tomatoes for a diced fresh one, the green olives for black, and omitted the cucumber.  This vinegary relish complemented the sweet, almost charred eggplant perfectly.  The heat averse should cut back but not completely skip the red pepper flakes.

Eggplant Tartines

Feels good to be back!  I have updated my catch-up tally post to include the recipes I missed during the last three months.  I already have three more in the back burner that I look forward sharing with you.

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where we work our way through Dorie Greenspan’s award-winning cookbook Around My French Table, taking on one recipe every week.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

27 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Apple Tartes Fines”

  1. lucy
    October 12, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    One day I will taste your recipes made by your hands.They look delicious.

    • October 12, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      That can be arranged. The lemony hummus is perfect for a quick snack at the farmers’ market. Thanks for stopping by, Lucy 🙂

  2. October 12, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    You’re BACK!!!! Love your mini tarts…well, actually, everything looks fantastic!!!

  3. October 12, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    A Dorie trifecta for sure! Glad to see you back!

    I thought the puff pastry tarts sounded good, so glad you tried them.

  4. October 12, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Glad we’re not the only ones behind on our posting! Love the mini tarts – so pretty looking, and oh so tasty, we’re sure! Yummmmm!!!

  5. October 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Welcome back! It’s quite the feast! I definitely need to try the mini tartes with puff pastry – they look so good!

  6. October 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Adriana, so very nice to see that you are back – I love the way your Apple Tartes Fines look like, nice and elegant. Your Hummmus looks delicious with the extra sprinkling of paprika and the Aubergine Tartines look so nice and fresh and delicious, I feel like I should be making this recipe again tomorrow for lunch!

    Wonderful post – have a great weekend! Looking forward to your next post!

  7. October 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Welcome Back:) Your dishes look beautiful. You have been busy. Hope you have a great weekend:)

  8. October 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Nice work with the catch up! I gave up on catching up long ago. :p I too made the puff pastry version. Totally know what you mean about the disappointment of mealy apples! They usually get taken care of in a mixed apple crisp but this tart is definitely another good choice.

    I love smoked paprika on my hummus too. Perhaps I will play catch up….just once. Heh.

  9. Norma Bonilla
    October 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Hola Adriana, I like the apples tarts specially because of the Gala apples (my favorites). Looks so easy to make that I will try them very soon. Que bueno que volviste a escribir!

  10. October 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Nice to have you back and congratulations on a great catch up! All three look delicious!

  11. October 13, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Aca estamos con manzanas muy parejas hace varios años ya, lo que es imposible comprar cada tanto son peras, dura o feas adentro. Tres recetas, perfecta vuelta al grupo Adriana! La tartita te salio barbara y bien caramelizada, me encanta! Buen fin de semana!

  12. October 13, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Your tart fines are fabulous!

  13. October 13, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Yea! So glad to see you back in action. We missed you!
    I like your trio of recipes 🙂

  14. nana
    October 13, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I don’t know why I never thought to use the mini tart mold to cut these out, great idea.
    All your catch ups look good and very delicious. I agree that is an interesting way to use
    older dried apples and to not have to waste anything.

  15. Amy Andrews
    October 13, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    A productive week – well done! Great idea on the tahini immersion blender treatment – I use that same brand and always try to stir it, think about just dumping it into food processor, but never seems worth the effort. Your solution is perfect! I need to check out your “catch up tally”, another great idea! (I have about 2 years of catch up!) Until next week. 🙂

  16. October 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Welcome back, Adriana! I have also been gone for awhile and this was my first post since early summer. Your little tarte fine looks so pretty. I am glad you were able to redeem those Gala apples. 🙂 Your eggplant tartines look so refreshing!

  17. October 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Lovely post!!! Welcome back to the club!!

  18. October 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I have missed you, Adriana. I checked your Blog a few times to see what was up with you so I am glad to see you back and cooking like crazy. Many of us agreed that the Hummus was good and there are so many different way using various ingredients to change the basic recipe. I thought it was a shame to de-puff puff pastry but did like the eggplant tartines. And, the apple-almond tart, in my opinion, was delicious. Thanks for such a good picture of Dorie’s Bonne Idée, using puff pastry. Thanks for the tip about the immersion blender. Again, welcome back.

  19. October 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I have also missed you, Adriana…so glad to see you back! Your apple tart looks gorgeous…a wonderful way to use up those not so great apples! Great looking hummus and a beautiful looking eggplant tartine…so fresh and vibrant!!

  20. October 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Welcome back! I’m still deciding whether or not I want to make the hummus (I might be the one person on the planet who doesn’t love hummus) but your pics are making me think I should. Everything looks great!

  21. October 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Welcome back, Adriana! Glad to see you back. L love your little tarts, especially the scalloped edges. Good to know the easier version looks just as elegant, so much less work, though the filo dough and almond cream were tasty.

  22. October 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Your entire post looks tasty!

  23. October 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Welcome back! Your tarts, hummus, and tartine look fantastic!

  24. October 17, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    Fantastic catch up! I’d like to try the apple tartes fines some time – yours look so good.

  25. October 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    QUite the catch up indeed! And a reminder that I need to try that puff pastry version!!


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