Pears in Wine

Pears in Wine

Today we have pears in wine for dessert !

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I love this dessert! Pears are delicious when cooked in red wine. This classic recipe combines the sweet flavor of ripe pears with the rich taste of red wine.

At this time of the year (autumn), I love to make desserts that are eaten warm or hot, such as puff pastry apple tart, apple crumble, fried plantains or these pears in wine.

Poached pears in red wine is a classic dessert at home. This recipe belongs to Victor’s mother, who has already shared delicious recipes like this no bake cheesecake.

What Type of Pear to Use?

I use two types of pears to make this recipe: blanquillas (or water pears), which are harvested in summer, or Conference pear, which is harvested in autumn. The former are very watery and juicy, and the latter are sweeter.

Water pears, also known as “blanquillas” are typical Mediterranean. Today you can find them cultivated around the world though. Its most important characteristic is that, as soon as you start to peel it or bite it, it releases water by the pear. Once it is ripe to eat, its meat is very soft and exquisite.

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It is in summer time when these pears are really harvested and distributed throughout Spain. If you want to eat a water pear, you can do it from June to December.

The other type is the Conference pear. although they do not release as much water, it does not mean that they are not delicious in flavor, it has a sweet taste and a slight acid touch. The best time to eat it is in autumn.

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What Type of Wine to Use?

When making this recipe, I use a young Rioja wine. You don’t need to buy an expensive wine, because it will come out delicious anyway. Wine brands I use for this dessert: San Asensio and Palacio de Beltrus.

Make pears with wine for an elegant dessert! It is a simple and colorful dessert that will impress your guests.

How to Make Poached Pears in Wine

1. In a saucepan, pour a liter of wine, a tablespoon of sugar per pear (8) and 4/5 cup of water. First stir a little with a wooden spoon over low heat (level 4 on vitroceramic) and leave the lid on.

2. Peel 8 pears (blanquillas or conference) using a vegetable peeler, leaving the stalk on.

3. Once they are peeled, drop them into the hot liquid. Leave the pears to cook for an hour and a quarter over low heat (5 level) with the lid on, leaving it slightly ajar.

4. After an hour and a quarter, the pears should be tender and soft. With the help of the wooden spoon, pick them one by one by the stalk and place them in the dish where you are going to serve them. Stand them up for presentation.

5. Drizzle the pears with the wine syrup. If you see that the wine syrup is too liquid, leave it to cook for twenty more minutes to thicken. Et voilà! You have made delicious pears in wine!

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You can serve them with whipped or liquid cream. I recommend serving them warm.

Pears in Wine Recipe

Pears are delicious when cooked in red wine. This classic recipe combines the sweet flavor of ripe pears with the rich taste of red wine.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 8 people
CALORIES 202 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 pears
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • cup water ( 190 ml )
  • 1 liter red wine

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, pour a liter of wine, a tablespoon of sugar per pear and a glass of water. First stir a little with a wooden spoon over low heat and then leave the lid on.
  • Peel the pears, leaving the stalk on.
  • Drop them into the hot liquid. Leave the pears to cook for an hour and a quarter over low heat with the lid on, leaving it slightly ajar.
  • Pick them one by one by the stalk and place them in the dish where you are going to serve them. Stand them up for presentation.
  • Drizzle the pears with the wine syrup.
  • Et voilà! You have made delicious pears in wine!

NUTRITION

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Buñuelos

Buñuelos

In my family, we’ve been eating buñuelos for as long as I can remember!

Blanca, isn’t the shape of buñuelos round? Buñuelos is a traditional dessert that is prepared in different ways both in Spain and in Latin American countries. However, this buñuelos recipe come from southern Spain, and they are characterized by having a hole in the middle.

These crispy fritters are known in some places as the Spanish doughnuts.

This traditional dish is part of our family customs. When Christmas arrives, we all get together in Arcos de la Frontera to celebrate the beginning of the holidays.

La Buñuelada

My great aunt Chari invites us all to go to her house in Arcos, which has a very large patio, and that is where they fry buñuelos to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas holidays. We call this la buñuelada.

As soon as the buñuelos are removed from the boiling oil, they are drained and dusted with sugar. Then, they pass them around on trays and, we all chat about on how the year has gone and their new resolutions for the coming year, while eating these sweet treats.

The magic touch is to eat them with hot chocolate, as it is a bit chilly outside in the patio at this time of the year.

This is a tradition similar to that of churros, but here in Arcos it is made with buñuelos.

The way of making the batter and frying these fritters is a real art. However, it is a traditional dessert that is prepared in different ways both in Spain and in Latin American countries.

I share with you this original buñuelos recipe from the south of Spain so that you can live, in the best possible way, the incredible experience that we all spend together in la buñuelada at Christmas time.

How to Make Buñuelos

Buñuelos is a Spanish classic dessert made from basic ingredients such as flour, water, salt and yeast. In the elaboration process, it is very important to follow this recipe instructions to make the batter well and to fry them so that they come out fluffy, light, not too fatty and well done inside.

1. In a large bowl, add 250 ml of warm (not boiling) water, a teaspoon of salt and 50 grams of fresh yeast. Dissolve.

2. Add in 250 grams of flour and integrate by hand.

3. Add in the remaining water (750 ml) and flour (750 ml) and integrate by hand.

How to Make the Batter?

According to this old buñuelos recipe, preparation of batter is key to get fluffy and light buñuelos. The texture of the batter is neither solid nor very liquid, it is rather sticky. The way you mix the batter is very important: with an open hand, you pat the batter until well combined, without flattening or kneading. You mix with an open hand until all the flour is integrated. Plus. you will notice that it sticks to your hand as you mix.

4. When the mixture is free of flour lumps, cover it with a cloth and let it rest for an hour to rise. Do not cover it with cling film since it is important that air enters. Then, place the bowl near a heat source. I place it in the oven turned off for an hour. When the hour has passed you will see that the dough is bubbling and higher, so much so that it may be touching the cloth. Keep in mind that the dough will rise.

Now you have the buñuelos batter ready to fry!

5. Pour plenty of sunflower oil in a saucepan, and put it over high heat (level 8 on glass-ceramic).

6. Place a small bowl filled with water and salt next to the saucepan. This is to wet your hands so that the batter does not stick to your hand before frying it.

7. When the oil is hot, with both hands moistened, grab and stretch the batter and with your thumbs make a hole in the middle. Once you have made the hole in the center carefully drop it into the hot oil.

8. Fry buñuelos one at a time until golden brown on both sides. When one side is browned, after about 45 seconds, flip it over to brown the other side. In total, one buñuelo fries in a minute and a half. Use a skimmer to turn them over.

9. When you take them out, leave them on paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Then, sprinkle sugar on top and serve them. Et voilà! You have just made delicious buñuelos in the traditional style!

No two buñuelos are alike, each one has its own shape!

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Classic Spanish Buñuelos Recipe

This buñuelos recipe comes from southern Spain and they are characterized by having a hole in the middle!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Course Afternoon Snack, Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 8 people
CALORIES 7 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kilo all-purpose flour
  • 1 liter water
  • 50 gr fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add 250 ml of warm (not boiling) water, a teaspoon of salt and 50 grams of fresh yeast. Dissolve.
  • Add in 250 grams of flour and integrate by hand. Mix with an open hand, patting the dough, until all the flour is integrated.
  • Add in the remaining water and flour and integrate by hand.
  • When the mixture is free of flour lumps, cover it with a cloth and let it rest for an hour near a heat source.
  • Pour plenty of sunflower oil in a saucepan, and put it over high heat (level 8 on glass-ceramic).
  • Place a small bowl filled with water and salt next to the saucepan to wet your hands.
  • With both hands moistened, grab and stretch the dough, and with your thumbs make a hole in the middle.
  • Fry buñuelos one at a time until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove buñuelos from the oil and leave them on paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Sprinkle sugar and serve them. Et voilà! You have just made delicious buñuelos in the traditional style!

NUTRITION

Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 0.003IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Spanish Cupcakes

Spanish Cupcakes

This recipe for Spanish cupcakes, also known as magdalenas or Spanish muffins, will surprise you with its fluffiness and taste.

I usually write about desserts that have the power to take us back to our childhood, as that was the main reason to create this blog, but there are also breakfasts and afternoon snacks that have the same effect on us as is the case of these cupcakes!

What´s the difference between French madeleines and Spanish magdalenas ? Basically the main difference is that the French madeleines, and American cupcakes, are made with butter, while these Spanish cupcakes are made with olive oil.

The Spanish magdalena stands out for its combination of simplicity and exquisiteness at the same time.

I remember when I was little, I used to eat them at breakfast or snack time, dipping them in milk or spreading butter on one half. How much I enjoyed eating this delicacy!

If you have never tried it before, I recommend you do so, and if you haven’t done it for a long time, now you have the opportunity to make a homemade magdalena. Don’t you feel like having a freshly baked Spanish muffin for a snack?

How to Make Spanish Cupcakes

1. In a bowl, sift 250 grams of flour and 8 grams of baking powder with a sieve.

2. In a separate bowl, add 2 large size eggs and 200 grams of sugar. Beat with a hand held mixer on high speed for 2 minutes until the mixture turns a pale color. It is preferable that the eggs are at room temperature.

3. Gradually, with the help of a spoon, add the dry ingredients into the eggs mixture. Keep beating on medium speed.

4. Add in 150 ml of olive oil and keep whisking until combined. Do not worry if the mixture is too oily at the beginning, the olive oil will be fully integrated into the batter as you whisk.

5. Add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and keep beating until integrated. In this step, instead of adding vanilla, you can use lemon zest to make traditional lemony spanish cupcakes.

6. Pour 130 ml of whole milk into the mixture and beat on high speed for three minutes until combined. The milk should also be at room temperature.

The batter is ready!

7. Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).

8. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Then spoon the batter evenly into each liner, filling each half the way.

9. Bake for 20 minutes without opening the oven door.

10. When the time is up and cupcakes have browned, remove from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes. Et voilà! You’ve just made delicious Spanish cupcakes!

If you would like to have more ideas for afternoon snacks, you can find them here!

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Spanish Cupcakes Recipe

This recipe for Spanish cupcakes, also known as magdalenas or Spanish muffins, will surprise you with its fluffiness and taste.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Afternoon Snack, Breakfast
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 15 cupcakes
CALORIES 206 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large size eggs
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 250 grams all purpose flour
  • 8 grams baking powder
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 130 ml whole milk

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, sift flour and baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl, add the eggs and sugar. Beat with a hand held mixer until the mixture turns a pale color.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the eggs mixture. Keep beating on medium speed.
  • Add in 150 ml of olive oil and keep whisking until combined.
  • Add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and keep beating until integrated.
  • Pour 130 ml of whole milk into the mixture and beat on high speed for three minutes until combined.
  • Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).
  • Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Then spoon the batter evenly into each liner, filling each half the way.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes. Et voilà! You've just made delicious Spanish cupcakes!

NUTRITION

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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Churros

Churros

I always eat churros for breakfast whenever I go to my grandmother’s village!

Spanish churros recipe

When freshly made, these Spanish treats are deliciously crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Are Churros a Typical Spanish Breakfast?

Here in Spain, we don’t eat them every day, we eat them on special occasions or when we suddenly feel like it, either for breakfast or as a snack. I would say that we consider churro a treat.

Churros come with the shape of loops or sticks, and the way to eat them for breakfast is plain, coating the churro in sugar or dipping it in coffee. We don’t usually dip it in hot chocolate for breakfast since it might be too heavy to start the day!

However, we love eating churros with hot chocolate when we celebrate special occasions such as New Year’s breakfast or special family evenings. Also, churros with hot chocolate is the perfect afternoon snack to eat in the cold winter evenings.

Where to Buy Them?

You can find freshly made churros in churrerías ( churro shops ), and ready to cook frozen ones in the supermakets. But also you can make them at home, and I got you covered for this one!

Near my house in Madrid, there is a food truck ( the new version of churrería, I guess ) with a huge frying pan in the inside ready to make and sell these treats. Every morning you can see people forming long lines to get these sweet treats.

Churros Origin

The origin of churros is a bit uncertain. On one hand, it is said that Portuguese brought them from China to the Iberian Peninsula. On the other, there is a legend that claims that it was Spanish shepherds who invented this popular dish, as the dough was easy to make and fry during their long stays in the fields. The name churro could come from the churra sheep, a native breed of Castilla y León.

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Recipe passed from the countryside to the small villages, where churros were made in churrerías. In my view, there is no better smell in the morning than that of freshly baked bread and churros in the villages.

What is a Churro?

Churro is a fried dough treat made of flour, water and salt. In this case we add milk and egg white and you will see how delicious they turn out!

authentic Spanish churros recipe

There are two traditional ways of making a churro according to old Spanish recipe books. One traditional way is to make them with just only flour, water and salt. The other way to make them is by adding also milk and egg white. The latter is the one I share with you and with which the churros come out exquisite!

How to Make Spanish Churros

As a child, I saw these delicious figures as impossible to make; however, I never imagined that I would learn how to make homemade churros.

Believe it or not, churros are very easy to make. For this reason I’ve carefully broken down each step of this homemade recipe, so that your churros come out perfect the first time.

Do you want to learn how to make authentic Spanish churros? Get on board!

Churros Recipe: Step by Step

1. In a saucepan, add 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Put it over medium heat until boil.

2. Sift 1 cup of all-purpose flour into a small bowl, then add into the milk. Cook the flour in the saucepan for one and a half minutes over medium heat. Keep stirring, with a wooden spoon, while preventing the dough from sticking to the sides of the pan.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and put the dough in a bowl. Then, add one egg white into the mixture and keep stirring. You can knead the dough, but be careful not to burn your hands as the dough is very hot!

Tip for this third step: Knead until the dough absorbs the egg white. You will know the dough is well done when you knead without it sticking to your hands.

4. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, pour plenty of soft olive oil (> 200 ml) in a (9 inch) frying pan and put it over medium heat for 8/9 minutes until it reaches 356°F ( 180°C ). I use a cooking thermometer to measure the temperature.

10 minutes later…

6. Once the oil is ready, load the dough into a churro maker. Then, pipe lines about 4″ long.

Tips for this sixth step:

  • You can pipe the dough either directly into the hot oil or onto a piece of parchment paper before frying.
  • I recommend using a churro maker to make churros. If you don’t have one, another way to make churros is using a piping bag fitted with an open star tip.

7. Fry the churros for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Total time in the pan: 6 minutes approx.

8. Remove the churros from the pan with a skimmer and place them on paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

9. In a small bowl, add ½ cup of sugar and coat your freshly made churros in. Et voilà… you’ve made some delicious Spanish churros for breakfast or snack!

If you liked these authentic Spanish churros, I invite you to try making other traditional Spanish desserts!

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Authentic Spanish Churros Recipe

These authentic Spanish churros are made of simple ingredients: flour, water, salt and egg white. You will love them!
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 10 units
CALORIES 54 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup full-cream milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 egg white

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, add ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of water and a pinch of salt. Heat over medium flame until it starts to boil.
  • Sift 1 cup of flour into a small bowl; then, add the flour to the saucepan with the milk and water. Cook the flour in the saucepan for one and a half minutes over medium heat.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, place the dough in a bowl and then add an egg white to the mixture. Keep stirring. You can knead the dough with your hands but be careful not to burn yourself.
  • Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Pour plenty of soft olive oil (> 200 ml) in a 9 inch frying pan and put it over medium heat for 8/9 minutes until it reaches  356°F ( 180°C ).
  • Once the oil is hot, load the dough into a churro maker. Then, pipe lines about 4″ long.
  • Fry the churros for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Total time in the pan: 6 minutes approx.
  • Remove the churros from the pan with a skimmer and place them on a plate with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
  • In a small bowl, add 100 grams of sugar and coat the freshly made churros in. Et voilà… you have churros for breakfast or afternoon snack!

NUTRITION

Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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Fried Plantains with Orange Sauce

Fried Plantains with Orange Sauce

This recipe for fried plantains with orange sauce, or platanos fritos, won´t leave you indifferent!

What I like about our grandmothers’ desserts is that they were made with basic products. Who doesn’t have sugar, bananas and oranges at home? You only need these three ingredients to make a real delicacy.

This is another recipe from Victor’s grandmother, Nona, who is delighted to be able to contribute her bit to this blog. Thanks Nona! Another of her famous recipes is this recipe for chocolate cake.

How to Make Fried Plantains with Orange Sauce

1. Make an orange juice with 2 oranges.

2. Grease a frying pan with a tablespoon of butter and put it over medium-low heat (level 4 on glass-ceramic). Tip: Use a frying pan in which the plantains fit. For this dessert I use a 9.5 inch pan.

3. Slice 2 bananas lengthwise.

4. When the butter starts to foam and sizzle a little, put the plantains with the cut side down. Let them cook for 12 minutes.

5. When the 12 minutes are up (it starts to smell good!), add orange juice until it covers half of the bananas. Then add 1 tablespoon of sugar per banana, and soak the banana loin with the juice from the pan. Let the sauce cook for 25 minutes over medium heat.

6. The sauce that is being made is like a kind of syrup. You can shake the pan a little so that the sauce is well distributed. When you see that it has thickened during this time, without caramelizing, it´s time to remove it from the heat. Et voilà… and in a very simple way you have just made delicious fried plantains with orange sauce.

The texture of the sauce is thicker than syrup and less thick than caramel. If you see that it caramelizes too soon in the pan, add a little more orange juice.

The texture of the banana at the end should not be hard, but soft as shown in the photo above. If you see that it is hard it needs to be cooked a little more in the pan.

These platanos fritos are served warm and with just the sauce taste delicious. However, you can add either whipped or liquid cream as an accompaniment if you want.

I love this recipe for fried bananas, it’s super easy to make and you don’t need a lot of time. I hope you enjoy it savouring it´s incredible texture and flavour!

Another recipe of banana is this banana bread.

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Fried Plantains with Orange Sauce

This recipe for fried plantains with orange sauce won´t leave you indifferent. You will only need three ingredients: bananas, oranges and sugar.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 37 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 2 people
CALORIES 263 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 oranges
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions
 

  • Make an orange juice.
  • Grease a frying pan with a tablespoon of butter and put it over medium-low heat.
  • Slice 2 bananas lengthwise
  • When the butter starts to foam and sizzle a little, put the plantains with the cut side down. Let them cook for 12 minutes.
  • When the 12 minutes are up (it starts to smell good!), add orange juice until it covers half of the bananas. Then add 1 tablespoon of sugar per banana, and soak the banana loin with the juice from the pan. Let the sauce cook for 25 minutes over medium heat.
  • When you see that the sauce has thickened , it´s time to remove it from the heat. Et voilà! You have just made delicious fried plantains with orange sauce.

NUTRITION

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Puff Pastry Apple Tartlets with Pastry Cream

Puff Pastry Apple Tartlets with Pastry Cream

I am spending a weekend in the mountains of Madrid to be in touch with nature. And … On monday is my birthday! So I think I will celebrate a little snack party with puff pastry apple tartlets.

The landscape I am surrounded by invites me to make a dessert with puff pastry. However, instead of making a puff pastry apple pie, I would like to make these puff pastry tartlets filled with pastry cream. As I did with the pavlova, individual servings not only are fun to prepare but also you will offer each diner their own delicacy to savour.

I don’t think I’m going to stay in the kitchen all weekend making desserts, so this dessert is going to be quick and easy. The rest of the time I’m going to spend resting, reading, walking, enjoying the good weather and eating well.

How To Make Puff Pastry Apple Tartlets with Pastry Cream

The first step is to preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).

Circular Puff Pastry Base

Unlike the apple pie, the these tartlets base is circular. The way to give this shape is by using tartlet molds.

This time I used two types of glasses to cut the puff pastry dough. I used a glass with a larger diameter, a cider glass or a mug, to cut two circular layers. Then I used a glass with a smaller diameter (e.g. a champagne glass) to make a hole in the center of one of the layers, giving this layer a ring shape.

Therefore, the base of each tartlet is made of a smooth layer and a ring-shaped layer. With the two layers, one on top of the other, the base acquires a certain thickness, and the hole is where you will pour the pastry cream. Your mission is to make 4 tartlets with their respective puff pastry bases.

Now paint with a brush soaked in beaten egg the edge of the 4 smooth bases and place the respective ring on top of each one.

Pastry Cream

In a saucepan pour 250 ml of milk, a cinnamon stick and the lemon peel and put it over medium heat. Remove it just before it starts to boil. Set aside

In a separate bowl put two egg yolks and three tablespoons of sugar, and beat everything with a whisk. When everything is well integrated, add a spoonful of cornstarch and continue beating until well blended.

Now add the infused milk. Remember to remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick, and put the mixture over medium heat and stir. Once you notice the mixture is thick and creamy, it means that you have the custard. Set aside in a bowl.

Apple slices

Peel a golden apple with a knife or a vegetable peeler. You remove the core, cut it into quarters and then start making thin slices. With these thin slices you will cover the pastry cream.

Assembly

With the puff pastry bases already assembled, fill them with pastry cream and then put apple slices on top. Repeat this step with the 4 tartlets.

Brush the whole tartlet with slightly melted butter. And sprinkle sugar on top. Put the puff pastry tartlets in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

After you take them out of the oven, brush them with apricot jam. Et voilà! Puff pastry apple tartlets with pastry cream.

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Puff Pastry Apple Tartlets with Pastry Cream

Delicious individual portions of puff pastry filled with pastry cream and dressed with apple slices
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 units
CALORIES 390 kcal

Ingredients
  

Puff Pastry Base

  • 230 grams  puff pastry dough
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 40 grams butter
  • 2 table de mermelada de albaricoque

Pastry Cream

  • 250 ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Apple

  • 1 yellow apple

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).

Pastry Cream

  • In a saucepan put the milk, the cinnamon and the lemon peel. It is important that the peel does not have too much white because it is bitter.
  • Put it over medium heat and remove it before it starts to boil. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl put the egg yolks and sugar, and beat with a wire whisk.
  • When everything is well blended, add the cornstarch and continue beating until combined.
  • While beating with the wire whisk, gradually add the infused milk (without the cinnamon and lemon).
  • Put the mixture in the saucepan over medium heat and stir all the time until it thickens.
  • The pastry cream is ready. Set aside.

Puff Pastry Base

  • Sprinkle a spoonful of sugar on the baking paper and then spread the puff pastry on top.
  • The circular base of each tartlet is made of two layers of puff pastry dough. Use two types of glasses, one with larger diameter and other with smaller diameter. With the first glass you cut two circular layers. With the second glass you make a hole in one of the layers. You place the ring-shaped layer on top of the other so the base acquires certain thickness; and the hole is the place where you pour the pastry cream. Your mission is to make 4 tartlets with their respective puff pastry bases.
  • Now paint with a brush soaked in beaten egg the edge of the 4 smooth bases and place the respective ring on top of each one.

Assembly

  • Once the puff pastry bases are already assembled, fill them with pastry cream and then put apple slices on top. Repeat this step with the 4 tartlets
  • Brush the whole tartlet with slightly melted butter. And sprinkle sugar on top.
  • Put the puff pastry tartlets in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • After you take them out of the oven, brush them with apricot jam. Et voilà! Puff pastry apple tartlets with pastry cream.

NUTRITION

Calories: 390kcal
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