Tuesdays With Dorie – Parisian Apple Tartlet

by Jessica on June 9, 2009

I’ve patiently waited for this day since April ’08… and it’s finally here!! I went back and forth about what to choose from Dorie’s amazing book (seriously, TWD and ‘Baking’ changed my life), and I finally decided on the Parisian Apple Tartlet. Not only is the tart adorable in the picture, but the name reminds me of my last trip to France.

Parisian Apple Tartlet

As I sent in my choice, I had reservations about using ready-made pastry, almost as if it was a cop-out recipe… but I eventually realized that if it wasn’t so amazing, Dorie wouldn’t have put it in the book!

So, here it is, my choice for the 75th week of ‘Tuesdays With Dorie’… the Parisian Apple, Plum and Peach Tartlet!! 🙂

Parisian Tartlets

Parisian Apple Tartlet (pg. 319)
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

1 1/8″ thick, 4″ circle cold Puff Pastry (preferably all-butter; see note pg. 315*)
1/2 firm, sweet apple, such as Golden Delicious or Fuji, peeled and cored
Light brown sugar
1 tsp cold butter, cut into 3 pieces
1 tsp cinnamon (my addition)

Getting Ready:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and put the pastry circle on the sheet.
Cut the apple half into 4 chunks and center the chunks on the pastry circle. Sprinkle the apple with 1-2 teaspoons brown sugar (and the teaspoon of cinnamon) – depending on how much sweetness you want – and dot with the bits of butter.
Bake the tartlet for about 25 minutes (the time will vary depending on how your apple bakes), until the pastry is deeply browned and puffed up around the apple and the apple can be easily pierced with the tip of a knife.
Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let the tartlet cool – it’s great just a little warm and equally good at room temperature.

Parisian Apple Tartlet 2

*Note: Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets are available in every supermarket across the country. However, I can’t encourage you enough to search out an all-butter puff pastry at a local specialty store. If the store doesn’t carry frozen all-butter puff pastry, perhaps it will order it for you. The pastry I buy – which is so good I quit making puff pastry at home – is made by Dufour Pastry.

Serving: You’ve got a choice – you can wrap the tartlet in a piece of waxy paper and eat it standing up, pretending you’re walking the cobblestone streets of Paris, or you can put it on a proper plate with proper cutlery and serve it as an elegant finish to a meal.

Storing: The tartlet should be served soon after it is baked and certainly on the day it is made.

Playing Around: Use this simple construction to make a pear, plum, apricot, peach or even a mango tartlet.

Parisian Apple Tartlet 3

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{ 80 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Judy June 9, 2009 at 12:42 am

Thanks for such a great choice. This was super delicious and simple!


2 Tracey June 9, 2009 at 12:48 am

Thanks for choosing such a great recipe this week Jessica! I loved this tartlet, particularly how quickly and easily it comes together. All of your versions look terrific! Which did you like most?


3 Amy Ruth June 9, 2009 at 12:51 am

Hi Jessica, I stopped by to snag your website for my post and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed scarfing my sweet little tartlet right out of the palm of my hand. he he he Thanks so much!!


4 Anjeanette June 9, 2009 at 1:01 am

Thanks so much for picking a wonderful treat!! Your first photo in particular, makes me want to reach in and eat it. Very nice job!


5 snooky doodle June 9, 2009 at 1:28 am

How nice. I like this dessert. the plum and peach variation are nice too 🙂


6 Piggy June 9, 2009 at 3:43 am

Great choice! The tartlet is really yummy!


7 Cakelaw June 9, 2009 at 5:52 am

Apple, plum and peach – how devine!! I loved this recipe for its simplicity and taste, and obvioudly its versatility. Thanks so much for being our host this week and choosing this.


8 Amanda June 9, 2009 at 6:17 am

Thank you for picking this as I never would have made this on my own! It was really easy, but I still wouldn’t have chosen it LOL it was really good and I can see what the French carry them and go :0)


9 bridget June 9, 2009 at 7:02 am

Thanks – this was a fun choice! Being reminded of a vacation to France is good inspiration to pick a French dessert! Your photos are really great. I especially love the one of all 6 tartlets.


10 Sarah June 9, 2009 at 7:17 am

Great pick Jessica, we loved these (even though my pastry didn’t puff…)! So easy, but so delicious!


11 Tammy June 9, 2009 at 7:19 am

I loved your recipe choice! In fact, I think this is one of my favorites from the book. Like many others in BFMHTY, I would have never made it had I not been in TWD. I love how you used different fruits to show the versatility of the recipe. It was a great extra effort to take for all your readers. Thanks for sharing! You have a lovely blog. 🙂


12 dorie June 9, 2009 at 7:20 am

Jessica, I love the way your tartlets looks. They’re look perfect and the photographs are wonderful. So, so happy you liked them.


13 isa June 9, 2009 at 7:35 am

Thanks for choosing such a great recipe.
It was really easy to make and so delicious!


14 Courtney June 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

Your tartlets look great! Thanks for hosting this week! Great choice! Even if it was easy 😉


15 chocolatechic June 9, 2009 at 8:02 am

I added cinnamon too.

Perfect pick.


16 isabelle June 9, 2009 at 8:06 am

merci beaucoup Jessica pour le choix de cette recette ! quel excellent choix, c’était vraiment très bon 🙂


17 Kayte June 9, 2009 at 8:39 am

I know…you went back and forth trying to choose b/t this and something chocolate and thought, “My good friend Kayte REALLY wants me to choose something NOT chocolate, and she loves hot apple desserts, so I will pick this one, just for her?” Right? I thought so. Thank you. It was wonderful, and easy, and I will make it over and over and remember that you chose it. Yours look wonderful, each and every one of them. Great choice!


18 Kayla June 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

This was such a great pick!
Yours all look awesome and cinnamon is a genius idea!


19 Amy June 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

Great choice. My whole family loved this tart!


20 steph (whisk/spoon) June 9, 2009 at 9:22 am

this is a wonderful recipe, and one of my TWD favorites, for sure! thanks for the pick! all your variations sound tasty!


21 chocolatechic June 9, 2009 at 9:23 am

PS…I gotta know.

Do you sell Longaberger?

My husband works there.


22 Hornedfroggy June 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I sure do! 🙂


23 Jules June 9, 2009 at 9:26 am

Thanks for choosing such a simple, delicious recipe. I know I’ll be making it again and again.


24 macduff June 9, 2009 at 9:26 am

These look so beautiful! And thank you for picking them – something so simple and delicious. Loved them.


25 Katy June 9, 2009 at 10:09 am

Thank you for choosing this recipe! It’s great, and I have a feeling it’s going to become a staple at our house! 🙂

Your pictures look great!


26 Amy (Sing for your supper) June 9, 2009 at 10:16 am

I blame you for the newly added dimples in my backside!! I seriously stood in my kitchen scarfing these down like a mad woman! SO good!!! I can’t wait to try them with other fruits – great pick, friend! And what beautiful tartlets…so many delicious variations! I HEART you bunches! -Amy


27 dharmagirl June 9, 2009 at 10:53 am

hey jessica! thanks for choosing this simple and delicious recipe. i really enjoyed baking these with you this week:)


28 Mermaid Sweets June 9, 2009 at 11:02 am

i love how you made so many variations, can’t wait to try this tonight.


29 Peggy June 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

this was the best pick ever! LOVED loved these. Thank you.


30 kuraisollu June 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

I will try this soon!




31 Clivia June 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

Excellent choice! Thank you. Your plate of tartlets looks straight out of a Parisian patisserie.


32 Kim June 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

They look fantastic. A wonderful pick. Thank you.


33 SulaBlue June 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Mmmm – looks yummo! It reminds me of a from-scratch pastry that I got at Sol y Luna a few weeks ago with half of an apple baked inside. I love the slight crunch of large chunks of apple!

SulaBlue @ TheYeastICouldDo.Net


34 Jill June 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for the great pick! I think if Dorie says to use pre-made pastry, we can feel good about it!


35 Lauryn June 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for such an awesome pick!! I absolutely loved this tart!!!!


36 Kelly D June 9, 2009 at 1:52 pm

This was a great choice. This is one of those recipes we should all have in our repertoire.


37 uclala June 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Wow, your Parisian Tartlets look absolutely amazing! It’s the puffiest pastry I’ve seen yet! This was the best pick – something you can whip up at the last minute with amazing results! I’m hoping for better results next time. =)


38 G June 9, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I should have stopped here first, to thank you for choosing this recipe.It was easy and delicious and now I have both blatterteig and hefeteige sitting in my freezer waiting to be used!


39 Chris June 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

This looks amazing! I love the variations. And looks so simple too! I sat out this week (and last week) and again, wish I hadn’t!


40 joh103 June 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Fabulous choice- so good and so easy!!! Thanks so much!


41 Sugar B June 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Excellent choice my baking friend!

It was easy peasy and best of all, it tastes great!

Love your various tartlets! Wonderful pictures!


42 Katrina June 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

These. were/are. awesome. and. delicious. and. thank. you!!! Well, and Dorie, too. 😉 Your tarts look just like Dorie’s-fabulous! I can’t wait to make these sometime with puff pastry instead of my fat girl cop out phyllo shells! 😉


43 Vibi June 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Oh! NO! Thanks to you for choosing such a great recipe!!! …and easy too, it was almost like having a baking break! LOL And for such tasty and great idea… was truly worth it.

Yours are just as perfect as the book’s! Bravo!


44 Jessica June 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Ok, I haven’t made this yet but I have everything ready to go so that I can have this for dessert tonight. I’ve been excited about it all weekend but I didn’t get a chance to make it before this evening. So, thanks ahead of time for the great pick!


45 Sara June 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

ooo, they all look fab. Which one was your favorite? I totally agree about the cinnamon, I added some too. Awesome pick, with bonus points for how easy this was to put together!


46 Heather Peskin June 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Your pastries are perfect. Just the right golden crust color and nice and puffed. I am now really keen on this puff pastry thing – thanks for introducing it to us.


47 Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" June 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Great recipe! I made it a little more difficult by making my own puff pastry. Something I probably never would have done before. Thank you, I enjoyed the experience.


48 Amber Marie June 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for picking this awesome tartlet! It was super easy and just as good. Yours look lovely!


49 Sharon June 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm

What a wonderful pick. Easy and delicious.


50 Melissa June 9, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I just joined TWD a couple of weeks ago, and I was excited to finally make a recipe my parents would eat. 😉 I added cinnamon, too, on the insistence of my mother, and it turned out really well. The peach was my favourite. 🙂

Oh, and your pictures are GORGEOUS!


51 Tania June 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm

WOW — yours look great – such puff!

LOVE your pics….jealous!


52 Natalie June 9, 2009 at 7:40 pm

i almost didn’t make this.. but i’m glad i did! thank you!


53 pamela June 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for a surprisingly simple and easy recipe this week! It was delightfully good, but I know I would’ve skipped it without TWD. Your turned out beautifully!


54 Jaime June 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

i love your pick – esp that it was so easy – you’d think i would have completed it w/it being so simple but we had to pack everything up for our move!! i will definitely try them soon!


55 Di June 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for a great pick, Jessica! It pushed me to make my own puff pastry, something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Plus it was really tasty. =)


56 shortbreadsouth June 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I love how you can make one or one hundred of these. They were so simple, but so delicious! Cinnamon sounds like a great addition.


57 Heather B June 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Great pick this week! It was just the perfect recipe I needed, quick and easy! Your tartlets look delicious!


58 Joelen June 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Beautiful job and I love all your variations! (I’ve missed commenting on your blog for a bit so it’s so good to have some time and catch up with all your cooking/baking! 🙂 )


59 teaandscones June 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Fantastic Choice, Jessica. I like simple. And elegant.


60 Linda @ Tender Crumb June 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm

A terrific pick Jessica! I enjoyed this tremendously.


61 Charli June 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I absolutely loved this choice! I’m amazed at how something so beautiful and fancy comes out of such an easy recipe! It was inspiring!


62 Holly June 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for such a fun choice! I know I will make this one many times!


63 Margot June 10, 2009 at 12:17 am

Excellent choice! Your photos are beautiful and, wow, that Dufour pastry is lovely.


64 Megan June 10, 2009 at 12:33 am

Thanks for such a great choice – it was easy and delicious, and something I never would have tried on my own!


65 Carol Peterman June 10, 2009 at 12:37 am

I loved these and thanks to your pick I now know how to make my own puff pastry. Your tartlets are beautiful!


66 Jessica June 10, 2009 at 6:47 am

Thanks for such a simple, delicious choice…I think we all loved it! You neglected to offer another serving option – eating them right off the cooling rack in the kitchen!


67 carolina June 10, 2009 at 10:32 am

This was such a great pick! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your tarts look great. Wonderful lighting.


68 Jayne June 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

I am so glad you chose this recipe! And beautiful job on yours! I’m dying to try them with peaches next.


69 thecosmiccowgirl June 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm

these are VERY cute–nice and easy, too! i will book mark this for later in the fall when i can turn the oven back on! thanks for the add, too, on your blogroll. i’ve had some vistors!


70 Melissa June 10, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Your tartlets came out looking great. I was so happy you made this selection! I loved it!


71 CB June 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Great pick this week, Jessica! I definitely think this one’s in my top 5 and I’m glad I didn’t skip. I totally missed the “note from dorie” about all-butter puff pastry. I guess next time I’ll be looking for dufour at Trader Joes! Love all your fruit variations. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought


72 Shandy June 10, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Thank you for such a great choice! I love how easy the dessert is to put together and your little tartlets are beautiful!


73 Leslie June 11, 2009 at 12:09 am

Thanks so much for a great pick! This is my new go-to dessert!


74 Lynne June 11, 2009 at 6:21 am

A wonderful choice from the Dorie book. Yours look perfect. Thanks for commenting on my blog.


75 Teanna June 11, 2009 at 11:01 am

Thanks so much for the awesome pick this week!!!! I must have done something wrong with these, but I am determined to try them again! Your tarts look great!


76 carmencooks June 11, 2009 at 8:26 pm

great pick! delicious results w/ minimal effort. 🙂


77 nutmegnanny June 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm

These look so delicious and beautiful!


78 April June 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Fabulous choice, the tartlet was easy and SO good! Yours look lovely!


79 Bungalow Barbara June 18, 2009 at 12:28 am

Thanks for such a great choice! It gave me a chance to try making a really easy version of puff pastry and was absolutely fabulous!


80 Baking OLG September 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

My daughter tried these, and sent me the link. She can’t wait for me to bake them, and present her with a gift of strawberry tartlets. Thanks for sharing!


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