Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Apples in Party Attire~La Cuisine Des Fées~
You may remember my telling you about this beautiful book~
It was spotted on a beautiful French blog..and I bought it..
I first made the cake I loved so much..I made galettes ..etc..The Gingerbread House ..a couple of Christmases ago..How I loved making it~
Recently~I made their little apple parcels..they are so pretty..
Delicious warm..with ice cream..however my ice cream would have melted so you are seeing the BIC pics:)
This book unlocks the child in you..
It takes popular fairy tales..and bakes around the theme..It is enchanting..
This recipe could not be easier..
you simmer your peeled apples w/ the stem on..in a simple syrup infused with vanilla.. ap 10 mins..just until tender..
Let sit until cooled..they recommend all day or overnight as the flavor enhances with time..
Wrap cooled apples in puff pastry taking care to leave the stem out..adorn with puff pastry leaves..and bake ap 45 mins..
Lovely for just you..the two of you..or more..
They remind me of another lovely make-ahead dessert that is so elegant..
Les Poires En Cage~
I am glad I saved my old photos from before my blog..
These are really really good and many of us who got to be friends on the web made them~
They puff up to perfection and the pears inside are a treat.
Pear Tart in a Cage ~ Tarte aux Poires en Cage
- 2 pkgs puff pastry
- 14 oz sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 pears
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup frangipane (almond paste)
- 1 egg
- 3-4 tbsp cream
- 3-4 tbsp apricot jam
- warm water
1. Heat oven to 350F.
2. Unroll thawed puff pastry flat and refreeze
3. Peel the pears, cut in half, core with a melon baler and rub with the lemon half.
4. Bring the sugar and water (simple syrup) to a simmer and add the pears. Cover with a damp dish cloth and simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until only a slight resistance to a knife. When done, set aside pears on a paper towel on a dish.
5. Take the dough out of the freezer and roll the lattice cutter across one of the sheets. You might need to go over the slits with a paring knife.
6. Slowly pull apart the dough so a beautiful lattice forms. (I let my dough get to soft so it was hard to pull apart evenly. Do this when the dough is as cold as possible but not so cold it breaks.) Chill.
7. Take the other sheet of puff pastry and cut out the shape of a pear. Chill.
You can do all this ahead of time. To assemble and bake:
8. Take out the pear cut-outs pastry. Place a small scoop of frangipane in the scopped out part of the pear and set it, cut side down, on the pastry.
9. In a small bowl combine the egg and cream. Brush the pastry around the sides of the pear.
10. Take out the lattice pastry and cut out the same pear shapes. You can make a cut out from a piece of cardboard such as the back of a pad of paper. Brush the top of the lattice pastry with egg wash.
11. Lay each piece gently on top of the pear (the colder the dough the easier to handle). Press down gently and trim the edges with a paring knife.
12. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until it turns a golden brown.
13. Combine apricot jam and water and microwave until warm. Mix it together then strain it to get out the clums of apricot. Brush it over the pears when they come out of the oven to give it a shiny glaze.
Garnish it with caramel squiggles or a small scoop of the best vanilla ice cream you can find.
The above recipe is courtesy of Here..and you can find a detailed description with photos there also:)
In fact my friend Jain recently made some for a luncheon she gave at sea Dream~
Go see how beautiful they look by the ocean:)