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Apples and Honey Nosh-Off: Tartlettes vs. Trifle

My husband couldn't have been more delighted when I told him he'd have to judge a dessert nosh-off, unless perhaps I told him Jessica Alba was serving it to him. In the nude. Alas Ms. Alba was not available. Poor … Read More

By / September 6, 2007

My husband couldn't have been more delighted when I told him he'd have to judge a dessert nosh-off, unless perhaps I told him Jessica Alba was serving it to him. In the nude. Alas Ms. Alba was not available. Poor Husband.

The Tartlettes:

First I made a traditional recipe: Apple & Honey Tartlettes. These are always a hit because people love individually portioned foods. I guess it makes them feel special–like a whole tart was made just for them. This recipe is uber quick since it calls for store-bought puff pastry shells. (Generally I like to make things from scratch, but puff pastry is quite complicated for even the experienced home chefs to make at home.) After allowing the shells to thaw a bit, I roll them out to about 5 inches in diameter, top with sliced, seasoned apples, and pop in the oven. When they're done baking drizzle with honey, and serve a la mode with vanilla ice cream. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, or a sprig of mint. So lovely.

The Trifle:

Trifles rose to fame in American and British households in the 1700s. A “Proper English Trifle” was made with real egg custard poured over stale sponge cake soaked in fruit and sherry. In this Toffee Apple and Honey trifle, traditional Rosh Hashanah flavors are used. Considering the praise it got on recipezaar, it sounded like a good non-trad, unexpected alternative.

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