warm Apple Pear Tartelette

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Making homemade desserts can be intimidating if you are not a trained pastry chef. Solution, my Apple Pear Tartelette. When the apples and pears are ripe it’s time to pick & prepare. This tart is also a great last minute “I’m entertaining tonight dessert.” And, once you’ve made this a couple times you’ll want to strut your pastry 101 skills and whip it up in front of your guests. Enjoy!

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warm Apple Pear Tartlette from George Hirsch

George Hirsch’s Apple Pear Tartelette

Makes six servings

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1/4 cup unsalted sweet butter

1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 Tablespoons water + 2 Tablespoons white pure cane sugar

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 medium size Granny Smith apples; peeled, cored and sliced + 2 medium size gala or a sweeter apple; peeled, cored and sliced + 2 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and sliced

¼ teaspoon cinnamon 

pinch ground nutmeg 

1 store bought frozen puff pastry shells, baked  

Preheat sauté pan to medium temperature. 

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a simmer. Reduce temperature and let simmer two minutes. Cool and mix with sliced apples.

Optional: 

Add 2 Tablespoons cranberries or toasted walnuts to apple filling.

In center of baked puff pastry, top with warm apple and pear filling. Serve with freshly whipped cream or ice cream.  

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