And you know, it’s kind of flattering for him to think I could make this time consuming, complicated dessert, it really is. But he is way, WAY, overestimating the patience I have to spend in the kitchen, or most places, actually. And this time consuming, complicated batch of NINE cookies that look like something the Nyan Cat dreamed about after eating a large cheese pizza would be eaten up in about 30 seconds, and I would just cry. That much time and effort deserves to be put in a glass case for ever and ever so everyone can admire it.
So I made these ‘Valentine’s Day Apple Tarts’ instead, and they where devoured in 15 seconds, and we where all happy.
Apple Tarts with Cinnamon Cream
- 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
- 1 tablespoon of milk for basting
- about 4 apples, or a mix of pears and apples if you are short of apples
- quarter of a cup of sugar, I used raw organic but any kind would work.
- Whipped cream, about one litre
- sprinkle of cinnamon, or ‘apple pie spices’
- Peel the apples and pears, dice them into smallish dice, about 1cm. Place in a saucepan with a the sugar and a few tablespoons of water over low heat. Add some cinnamon or spice mic now if you like.
- While the fruit is softening, place the puff pastry on a tea towel, and using a heart shape cookie cutter, cut as many hearts out as you can. I made about 12. If it’s not Valentines Day feel free to use any cookie cutter you please. A shamrock for St Patrick’s Day? A Bell shape for Christmas? A Star shape if your darling got a great report card? A plain circle or square shape because it’s just an apple tart not a cause for a celebration for fucks sake? What ever you like.
- Place the puff pastry shapes on a lined baking dish and bake in a hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until puffed and golden.
- While that is happening, whip the cream if you need to.
- To assemble: Place a heart or two on a plate, use a knife to open it up halfway. Place a spoonful or two of the apple mixture inside the heart. Dollop on some cream and sprinkle with cinnamon or spice mix.
- Present to happy children.