Sunday, 7 December 2014

Peach and almond puff pastry tarts

As the holiday season approaches, it's time to take out the baking gear and get into the festive mood. I don't bake as often as I would like to but I think that probably makes it more exciting when a random attempt turns out to be a success. Today was one such attempt :)


Ingredients

Sheet of rolled out puff pastry (I have used half a sheet)
400 gm tin of peaches (in juice)
50 gms ground almonds
1 egg
1 tbsp butter and some more for greasing
2 tbsp sugar
Sugar for dusting (optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 C. 

Cut the pastry into 4 portions and lay on a lined baking tray. Brush each portion lightly with some butter.

In a bowl, mix the almonds, egg, butter and sugar to form a paste. Spread this paste on the pastry portions, leaving a border. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the pastry starts to rise.
Remove the tray from the oven. Drain the peaches and arrange them over the almond paste. Bake again for 8-10 minutes or until the pastry has risen from the side and is golden. 

Remove and keep aside to cool for a few minutes. Dust some icing sugar. Serve warm.


* Since I have used tinned peaches which were already ripe, I have baked the pastry separately first, before adding the peaches and baking again.
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