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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Going Local for SHF #34

It's time for another Sugar High Friday, hosted by The Passionate Cook, and this month the theme is 'going local'.
It's particularly hard for me to choose which sugary treat to make as there are so many local specialities where I live. Kent is the 'Garden of England' after all, and fruit is in abundance at the moment.

Farmers' Market Produce apples in trug

We have a beautiful farmers' market every two weeks on the village green, where I went to find something special to buy for my entry. I came home with local strawberries, plums and honey, but then decided to pick a few apples and pears from my own garden to make these fruit shaped tarts.

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When I'm in the mood to make desserts that look attractive, and also require the minimum of work, these fit the bill. Of course, you can cut the pastry into circles or squares, as well as fruit shapes.

Easy Fruit Tarts
Makes 4 tarts

2 apples or pears
½ lemon
2 tablespoons apricot jam
400g all butter puff pastry
1 egg, beaten, for glazing pastry
1 tablespoon caster sugar

Squeeze a couple of teaspoons of lemon into a small bowl and mix with the apricot jam, you may need to warm the jam slightly.

Peel the apples, cut in half and remove the cores neatly. Place the apples in a bowl and cover with some water and the lemon shell while you roll out the pastry.

Roll out puff pastry and cut into apple shapes - use half of an apple as a guide by laying it on the pastry and cutting around it, leaving a 1cm border, score a line around the apples.

Lift off the apples and brush the pastry edges with a little beaten egg. Cut the apples into slices, and reassemble onto the pastry.

Sprinkle some caster sugar (fine granulated) over the apples.
Bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to medium and cook for a further 15 minutes until pastry is well-risen and golden.

Brush the apricot jam and lemon juice mixture over the top of the apples and serve with icing sugar dusted on the plates and some spiced whipped cream.

(Printable Recipe)

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Marie Rayner said...

Lovely looking tarts Nic!! I'm impressed! When we going to get together?

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are absolutely lovely! I love how you shaped them!

Abby said...

Omigoodness those are so cute! I'm going to have to try this, myself. I just watched Martha Stewart (my hero, except for the prison thing) make rustic apple tarts - but yours are even cuter! They'd be great, and easy, for a dinner party!

Maggie said...

Wonderful set of photo's. The pastry shapes are delightful.

Marie Rayner said...

Nic, I've just awarded you with the Droolworthy award. Hop on over to my journal to pick it up! Well deserved I might add!!

Celia Hart said...

The apple and pear shaped tarts are a fantastic idea! They look beautiful.


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

These tarts are such a wonderful idea. Perfect for company!!!

Jules said...

They look so simple and delicious.

Anonymous said...

Amazingly adorable. Great idea.

Nic said...

Marie - thank you for the award! I'm honoured!

Patricia - thank you!

Abby - I like Martha too, but we don't get her here in the UK.

Margaret - thanks for visiting!

Celia - thank you, I'm going to try using some other fruit/veg shaped ideas!

Valli - and good hot or cold!

Jules - don't you just love simple ideas?!!

Scott - thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments!

Anonymous said...

Nicisme, what an inspired idea. So simple, yet so incredibly fun and elegant. Kids of any age would find it appealing. I will have to make these with the new apples coming in and the puff pastry in my fridge waiting for an inspired idea. Thanks!

thepassionatecook said...

these are the cutest fruit tartlets ever! what a great idea to keep the shape of the fruit! thanks so much for participating...

Nic said...

Hi Bri! Thank you! I wish my kids would eat fruit :(

Thank you and thanks for hosting this month's SHF Passionate Cook!

Abitofafoodie said...

These were the first thing to catch my eye when browzing through this month's SHF. They are beautiful! I can't wait to give them a try, though am not sure I will be so good at creating the shapes. I have almost zero artistic talent!

Anonymous said...

Wow...those are *really* cute.

Nupur said...

These tarts are too pretty to eat! So adorable!

Anonymous said...

What is "spiced whipped cream"?

Nic said...

Antonia - thank you so much! I popped over to your blog and you have loads of artistic talent!

Ann and Nupur - thank you both!

Anonymous - you can make up a simple spiced whipped cream by adding a little cinnamon to it.

Here is a recipe for 'Pumpkin Pie Spice':
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon all spice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix the 4 spices together.

You can use it to add to whipped cream.

kellypea said...

Oh my goodness, these are so gorgeous. I'll bet they're tasty as well, aren't they? I'd love to try them -- especially with pears, which have been on my mind.

Anonymous said...

I meant your tartelettes! Silly me!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Simple yet so elegantly yummie:)!!! MMMMMM.....Eating that with some good warm custard on the side,.......mmmmmmm!!!!