About a month ago I promised some tartelettes. Actually apricot tartelettes. But as the case may be, they looked good, but the apricots just tasted like nothing. Additionally something was missing. Some cream, which would flatter your palate. Maybe vanilla? So an idea was born.
1. Pâte sucrée: which I also used for the failed apricot tartelettes, but which is very good. I adapted it from Michel Roux. It’s a bit sticky, but so you only have to press the dough in your molds. No rolling out! If you are making this dough, you have to use butter! Don’t use shortening (Koch-,Back- oder Streichfett)! Trust me, I’ve tried. Also stick to the chilling time. It’s both worth for handling and taste!
2. Crème pâtissiére: A very fine and also light cream filling for the tartelettes, which has just a slight sweetness and good taste of vanilla. I recommend to use vanilla extract. I also made it with vanilla pods, but I prefer the taste of the vanilla extract. If you don’t know, where to get some vanilla extract, without going to expense, just make your own. I just did it myself and it’s super easy.
3. Peaches! There is nothing much to say here, just use some that are already ripe and of course have a good taste! Not just like my apricots…
yield: about 4-5 tartelettes (Ø 12cm)
For the pâte sucrée:
- 125 g flour
- 50 g butter at room temperature
- 50 g powder sugar, sieved
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 egg at room temperature
For the crème pâtissiére:
- 3 egg yolks
- 65 g sugar
- 20 g flour
- 1,5 tsp vanilla extract (or a vanilla pod, split open and seeded)
- 4-5 peaches
- brown sugar
Mix the ingredients – except the egg – for the dough together in a mixing bowl for your stand mixer. Use the batter whisks and let them whisk, until the dough get’s crumbly. Add the egg and whisk until the dough is smooth. It’s ok, if it is a bit sticky. Wrap it in foil and refrigerate for 2 hours. Don’t cheat!
Divide the dough into 4 to 5 pieces (depending on your moulds’ size). Just try how much dough you need for one mold – I do the same… always. Press the dough into your molds. Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork. Apply a piece of parchment paper inside the molds, so the bottom is covered. Fill it with dry beans and bake for 12-15 minutes at 180°C. The edges of your tartelettes should be golden brown. Remove the dry beans and the parchment paper and let them cool completely. Don’t remove them from the molds!
Peel the peaches for the topping. Mine were that ripe, I just could peel them with a knife. If yours aren’t, cut a small cross at the bottom of each peach, put them into a large bowl and pour some boiling water on them, until they are covered. Let it stand for a couple of minutes. Remove the peaches and chill the under cold water. Now peeling the peaches should be easy. Cut them into slices.
Whisk the egg yolks for the créme with a third of the sugar, until creamy. Add the flour and whisk. Heat the milk with the rest of the sugar and the vanilla extract (or vanilla pods and seeds, and don’t forget to remove it). Add to the egg-mixture, when the milk is boiling, while constantly whisking the mixture. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, while constantly whisking, until boiling. Let it boil 2 minutes, then pour into a bowl. If you want to use it later, cover the surface with plastic foil.
For assembling, fill the créme pâtissiére in the tartelettes and arrange the peach slices on it. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake again at 180°C for about 10 minutes. Remove from the molds, before serving. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.