parisian strawberry tartlets

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Once I started making an effort to eat seasonally, I realized that apples were my best bet for a large part of the year. By the end of winter, I’m impatient for strawberries to kick off the farmer’s market season. I try to avoid apples in the spring and summer, because it’s nice to take a break when I can, and then I get to look forward to them in the fall.

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So I didn’t want to make the apple version of this dessert. Most of the other fruits that Dorie recommends are stone fruits that won’t be in season for a month or so. I thought that strawberry mini-tarts would work though.

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This recipe is very easy. Quartered fruit is positioned in the middle of a round of puff pastry, sprinkled with sugar, dotted with butter, and baked. I skipped the butter and added a pinch of salt.

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I made even miniaturer tarts too, each topped with a single raspberry, but those didn’t work quite as well. The pastry puffed the berries right off. I sort of balanced the berries back on the pastry after baking, and all was good.

The tarts were great. The flaky, buttery pastry was a great base for the sweet berries.

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Jessica has posted the recipe for this easy, tasty, impressive dessert that she chose for Tuesdays with Dorie.

One year ago: Pita Bread

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Comments

  1. Hahaha – oh, I love those mini raspberry ones though! So adorable, popping off like that. Apples get a little boring for me as well, since I do the same with with in-season fruits. Strawberries *just* got in season for me though, so I had to go with apples this time around. Next time = strawberries!

  2. These are so adorable! Definitely going to make this now that strawberries are in season – yummy!

  3. Jules says:

    Those look amazing! I tried a couple of variations myself. Yum!

  4. Oh these look wonderful. My husband would be all over strawberry tartlets. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. These look so good! I needed a yummy dessert to make for my book club next week and these look perfect!

  6. These are gorgeous! I love them :) Can’t wait to try!

  7. The strawberry tartlets look fabulous with their vibrant red color! Luckily peaches are just coming in season for me, so I made them that way!

  8. These look awesome! And your pics are really great :)

  9. What a great spin on the tarts and I love the use of strawberries! (I’ve missed commenting on your blog for a bit so it’s so good to have some time and catch up with all your cooking/baking! :) )

  10. Oooh pretty! We love strawberries at our house.

  11. Hah! That is too cute and you absolutely cannot beat such quick instructions! I’m sure our local strawberries (which might as well be considered frais de bois) will rocket into the atmosphere due to their tininess (er, miniatureness? Heh). I need huge imported ones to make tarts as luscious as yours!

  12. So cute….I love the strawberry idea…very cute.

  13. I didn’t make these because I didn’t like the thought of an apple dessert in summer….but it never crossed my mind to use berries instead (doh!) These look great!

  14. I love your twist on the recipe– they look fantastic!

    I have been a TWD slacker but will be making the honey-peach ice cream for next week.

  15. Those are way too cute. Love the idea!

  16. they are darling! i was so excited to see the first strawberries at the farmers’ market a couple weeks ago!

  17. To. cute. for. words.

  18. I have to say that these are gorgeous.

  19. Those look amazing! I think I will attempt these in my new kitchen!

  20. Ooh, strawberries and raspberries look fantastic!

  21. Bridget – these are gorgeous!! :) I’ll have to make this version for my guy (who loves strawberries)! Thanks so much for baking along with me this week!

  22. Your last photo with the crossed-eyed raspberry tartlets made me laugh. Lovely effort!

  23. Your strawberries look sooo good! They’re such a beautiful bright red color. Nice job on the tartlets – they look fantastic!

  24. Love the Parisian strawberry tartlet use of Puff Pastry. Just saw this blog and I love it. I’m now following you on Twitter too. Looking forward to the next batch of recipes!

  25. Those strawberries look utterly amazing! Adding them to the tart was a wonderful idea! Fabulous.

  26. I love how simple this dessert is!

  27. How simple but decadent! Those are lovely!

  28. I wish I had thought of strawberries – what a great thought! Your tartlets look so beautiful; they look like they were made by a professional pastry chef. Mine are haggard little fruit pies. :p

    I greatly enjoy your recipes, but with your photography I can damn near taste them off my computer. You always do such a lovely job.

  29. Ooh, strawberries! I love your tiny tartlets, they look delicious!

  30. I HAVE TO MAKE THESE!!!

    They look so sweet! And your photos are amazing….so great!

  31. Those strawberry tartlets looks too good to be eaten but is making my mouth water. I wish I could pluck it right out from my screen..

  32. Oh I love your strawberry version!! I do that to…take a break from apple while the summer fruit rolls in!

  33. Oh there beautiful!! I love the strawberry version!

  34. Wow, so pretty with the berries. I printed your photography tutorial and it’s really useful, thanks!

  35. These are beyond cute!

  36. These look amazing – even better than the apple ones in the book! Your photos are gorgeous!! I think these would make great mini-puddings as part of a selection for parties because they are so easy yet definitely still have the “wow” factor: both in taste and looks ;)

  37. LOVE LOVE LOVE your strawberry mini tartlets! I am SO doing that next time I make this recipe. Gorgeous pictures as always. Thanks for the little ahem… push… to bake this week ;)
    /Clara

  38. The tartlets looks great. Strawberries really make them look pretty and presentable.

  39. What a great idea! I’m creating a casual dessert menu for my sister’s wedding rehearsal dinner and I will definitely be adding these. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  40. Perfect idea! Thanks!

  41. These looked just incredible. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  42. hi,

    do you have a recipe for the pastry dough used in this recipe?

    thanks,
    john

  43. bridget says:

    John – I used the recipe in Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. I do plan on blogging it eventually, but not within the next few weeks. If you’d like me to send you a copy, email me (crumblycookie dot bridget at gmail dot com).

  44. These are adorable….so cute would be lovely for a summer festival.

  45. Wow these look so amazing. Photos are so good.

  46. What a simple recipe for such a lovely treat! Wonderful photos.

  47. YUM! I love strawberries so anything that has strawberries in it I’ve got to try. This is such a great idea. I can’t wait to make them.

  48. Bella in Paris says:

    I’m sorry, what’s Parisian about these? I live in Paris and have never seen anything with a dough like this anywhere… Perhaps you should reconsider the name…

  49. bridget says:

    Bella – This recipe was developed and named by Dorie Greenspan, who splits her time equally between Paris and New York City. She uses apples in her version.

  50. Yumm

  51. Beautifully and apparently tasty. Thank you.

  52. Beautiful pics and they look out of this world!

  53. So. How long do you cook them?

  54. bridget says:

    Rae – It’s been a while since I made these, but I’m thinking 10-15 minutes should do it.

  55. elizabeth says:

    two words: drizzled. chocolate.

  56. yum yum yum yes please! I think i might have to add a chocolate chip or two underneath each strawberry…just as a precaution.

  57. Oh YES PLEASE! Those look so good!

  58. These will make a perfect Valentine’s day gift. Just pop them in a gift box lines with wax paper :D. Very beautiful work and yes they do look delicious.

  59. so simple and it looks sooo delicious!

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