"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Puff Pastry Savory Tarts

These are easy to make.  

Use frozen store bought puff pastry
or try the recipe below.

A quick and easy puff pastry
based on one of Julia Child's recipes.

Filling for this tart was caramelized onions with garlic,
spooned into the middle of a 6 inch square.  
Topped with sliced tomatoes, feta cheese
and Kalamata olives.  A couple of sprigs of
fresh thyme and a tiny drizzle of  olive oil.
Baked  at 450° until golden brown. 

Easy to adapt.
I like it with eggplant and tomatoes 
and a little pesto.

Or use spinach, artichoke hearts, green or black olives,
Parmesan or mozzarella cheese, blue cheese, etc. 
Unlimited possibilities. 

Pastry is based on Julia Child's Fast French Puff Pastry.

2 1/2 cups of flour
1 lb of butter
Cut into small cubes (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)

Add 3/4 teaspoon of salt
and the cubes of butter to the flour.

Add enough ice water to moisten and
then tip out on to a floured board.

Mixture will be shaggy.
Using hands bring together and then
roll out into a rectangle
and fold like an envelop.

Roll and fold four times and then
refrigerate for an hour.

Cut pastry in half and roll out each half
into a 12" square.

Cut each square into four 6" squares.

Note: Optional. My grandmother always added a little baking powder
to her pastry dough, so I usually add 1/2 a teaspoon.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Buttermilk Apple Fritters

Moe wanted a donut.  

Unfortunately a yeast dough donut takes too long to
make on short notice.

But there is always Apple Fritters.
They can be made from start to finish in less than an hour. 

Buttermilk Apple Fritters
2 cups Flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2/3 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups finely chopped apple (2 to 3 apples depending on size).
Cooking Oil enough to fill pan a few inches

Brown Butter  Glaze.

powdered sugar
cream or buttermilk
vanilla extract

Peel and finely chop apples.
Can be used as is, or I like to saute them in a little butter and
brown sugar until softened.
Note:  If sauteing first, drain off any excess liquid before adding
to batter.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon and
nutmeg together.

Beat eggs and add buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter.

Heat oil to 340°F  to 350°F.

When oil is ready, add Buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and
mix until well combined.  Add apples.

Drop by spoonful into hot oil.    When one side has browned, turn
over and cook until golden.   They don't take long to cook.  Just
a couple of minutes on both sides.  Drain on paper towels.


Sorry I never measure when making a glaze.
Here is the basic outline. 

Brown two or three tablespoons of butter.
(don't burn)

Add to powdered sugar along with a splash of cream or buttermilk
and vanilla.
Stir until smooth.

Dip warm fritters in glaze and place on wire rack.


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