Baking Classics: Apricot-Vanilla Bean Tartlets

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Apricot-Vanilla Bean Tartlets

Tartlet shells prepared with Pate Sucree pastry dough may be baked in advanced & filled with Vanilla Pastry Cream then topped with all sorts of seasonal fruits. Vanilla Bean Poached Apricots, which use one of summer’s finest stone fruits, is the perfect item to showcase in these lovely desserts. Look to The Basics: Apricots to learn more about the nutritional value & general information regarding this beautiful fruit with a limited availability. 

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makes 16

There will be just a smidgen of pastry cream remaining. Serve with Buttermilk Pound Cake & fresh berries for an additional summer dessert idea.

Buttermilk Pâte Sucrée
Vanilla Pastry Cream
2 recipes Vanilla Bean Poached Apricots

Prepare the Buttermilk Pâte Sucrée as directed. Divide the dough into 4 pieces, then quarter each piece to produce 16 portions. Working with one piece at a time, roll the pastry to a 1/4-inch thickness into a 5-inch circle. Fit the pastry into a lightly greased 4-inch tartlet pan, pressing into the fluted edges. Remove any excess dough using a pastry pin. Pierce the crust bottom & sides all over with a fork. Repeat with the remaining portions of dough. Freeze 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper into the crust. Top with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 12 minutes. Remove the pie weights & bake an additional 3 minutes or until the crust is golden. Let stand 5 minutes in the pans, then gently loosen them with the tip of a paring knife & remove them. Place on a wire rack. Cool completely.

Whisk the Vanilla Pastry Cream until smooth & portion a bit into the baked Buttermilk Pâte Sucrée tartlet crusts. Top with Vanilla Bean Poached Apricots & brush the surface with some of the vanilla bean syrup. Serve immediately.

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How To Make Vanilla Pastry Cream

This particular recipe has been streamlined for the home cook as it does not require the need to steep a vanilla bean pod in the milk nor temper the eggs. However, a fine wire mesh sieve or chinois will prove to be invaluable in achieving a velvety smooth texture. Look to The Basics: Vanilla Pastry Cream for more detailed photographs & instruction to guide you.

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makes 3 cups

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 1/2 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp butter

Whisk together the sugar, the cornstarch & the salt in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan. Whisk in the whole milk. Add the egg yolks & blend well. Cook, stirring with a whisk, over Medium heat about 6 minutes. The mixture will thicken & begin a slow bubble. Reduce the heat to Low & cook an additional 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the vanilla & the butter allow it to melt. Whisk the mixture until smooth & pass through a chinois or fine wire mesh sieve set over a bowl. Discard the solids. Spread the pastry cream over a 13 x 9-inch quarter sheet pan & place plastic wrap directly over the surface. Chill 1 hour. Use as directed in specific recipe applications.

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