April 20, 2010
Those of you who watch the show know I don’t use recipes. I’ve made a lot of easy desserts using elements that don’t need to be baked, or using simple already baked goods like Strawberry Shortcake. I was thinking some of you might want to get a little more sophisticated with your dessert recipes. So I did some research and put together this combination of recipes that made this dessert so easy.
You’ll need: puff pastry (usually comes frozen), tart apples like Granny Smith (who is Granny Smith anyway? does she know Aunt Jemima?), sugar, lemon, cinnamon stick, butter, heavy cream and confectioner’s sugar. Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface. Cut into 6” squares, place on cooking tray. Put 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup water and the juice of half a lemon in a saucepan. Add a cinnamon stick if you like. Cut apples in thin slices, no more than 1/8” thick. Heat mixture until sugar is melted. Toss apples in syrup but do not cook them. Drain liquid from apples and put the liquid back in the saucepan. Lay apples on puff pastry. Sprinkle with brown sugar or turbinado sugar. Put in oven for about 15 minutes until pastry is golden. In the meantime, add about two tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of heavy cream to syrup and cook until it caramelizes. Swirl caramel on plate, place tart, sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. If you want to add whipped cream, watch the video.
Enjoy and indulge!