Monday, August 23, 2010

good things come in small packages

After several weeks of living off the kindness of friends and family when baby omnivore made his grand entrance in our lives, the carnivore and I then resorted to the easiest meals to make. I mean we were still trying to figure out how to get dressed every day, much less cook and eat. As such, we ate many pre-packaged meals that were easy enough for the carnivore to cook. Think mac and cheese. Bless his heart, he really did keep me alive those first few bleary eyed weeks.

Anyway, once things settled down a bit I started cooking more. This meant much more fresh fruits and veggies in our lives - especially this time of year. And to pay him back for all the meals he made for us I decided not just to sneak these beauties on his dinner plate, but to also create a sweet dessert out of some of this summers finest fruits. Here is how I made him mini fresh fruit tarts:

I started with some frozen puff pastry dough, which I thawed and rolled out on a lightly floured mat. I cut 12 small circles out of the dough and placed them in a greased muffin tin. I then preheated the oven to 400 degrees. Next I got two bowls out. In one I sliced four cleaned/hulled strawberries and one small peach. In the other bowl I added a small chopped pink lady apple and a bartlett pear. To each bowl I added one tablespoon of sugar, one teaspoon of brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. I stirred the mixtures and let them set for a few minutes. I then piled the fruit into the cups, creating two types of dessert. I cooked the cups for 20-25 minutes, till the dough was golden. The little darlings popped right out once cooled for about five minutes. 

Severed alongside vanilla ice cream and another dash of cinnamon while still warm they were delightfully delicious. I was fondest of the strawberry/peach ones, but the carnivore thought the apple/pear ones were like little pies. Either way you can't go wrong. You know what they say - the best gifts come in small packages - small sweet doughy packages!

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