Mini Tart Tatins
Jordan Michelle Falco
These mini apple tarts are topped with spun isomalt sugar.
I’m sorry about the European measurements. These recipes are copied straight from my notes in my individual production pastry class. I’m putting them here on just a pinch for my own posterity. If you would like to convert the measurements, I recommended using this conversions calculator: southernfood.about.com/...blconv.htm
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- sheet puff pastry
- 375 g
- caster sugar
- 125 g
- vanilla bean
- granny smith apples
- 125 g
- caster sugar
Make a "dry cooked" caramel by using a copper pot over heat and adding a little sugar at a time until each addition caramelizes, proceeding thus until you use up all the sugar and finish with a good caramel color. When the color is a light brown, stop the cooking by adding the butter and crape the centre of the vanilla mean into the mixture. Pour the caramel onto a paper lined baking tray and allow to cool.
2Peel the apples, cut into small slices, and mix with the second measure of sugar (125g). Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Place the cooled caramel into the food processor and process to a fine powder, and mix with the apples when they come out of the freezer. Bake in a fan forced oven at 180C for about 10 to 25 minutes. Set aside until needed.
3PUFF PASTRY DISKS:
Use a dough rolling mill or rolling pin to roll out a sheet of puff pastry about 2 mm thick and line baking trays covered with baking parchment. Prick the pastry, then refrigerate 15 minutes before using a cutter to cut into round disks about 4cm diameter. Place the disk onto baking trays lined with baking parchment and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
4When rested, sprinkle each disk lightly with sugar, cover with a further layer of parchment, and place another baking pan on top to prevent rising when baking. Bake in a fan forced oven at 180C for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
5TO ASSEMBLE AND GARNISH:
Fill each little 3 cm indentation of a Flexipan petit fours tray with caramelized apple and bake in at 180C for about 12 to 14 minutes. Remove the Flexipan tray and place a small puff pastry round on top of each apple tartlet and refrigerate. After an hour, invert to remove small apple tart Tatins from the moulds. Serve luke warm.