Baking, TWD

Tuesdays with Dorie: Sunny-Side Up Apricot Pastries

October 7, 2014

Sunny-side up apricot pastries – I had high hopes for this. I thought it would be a walk in the park as:

  1. The apricots were coming out of a can since there were no fresh ones available.
  2. Since the weather here has been hot and humid with occasional torrents of rain, I decided to get the puff pastry off the shelf*.

*I have a plan for possibly making my own puff pastry one day. I am going to slowly work my way up (again) from danish pastry to croissants, some rough puff and then only tackle puff pastry (probably in an air conditioned room on a cool day). It’s going to take a lot of trying to convince myself that I can do it.

Sunny-Side Up Apricot Pastries

A failed Sunny-Side Up Apricot Pastry 🙁

Made the pastry cream – first time I have done so. Next up, cut out the rounds for the puff pastry and rolled them out, trying to not roll out the sides like the recipe indicated. Dollop on the pastry cream and set out the apricots on top of them. Stick them into the oven and wait for the magic to happen.

Hmmmmm….. distinct lack of magic. My puff pastry puffed up a tiny tiny bit – what went wrong? it was store bought! But they looked golden brown and one was looking burnt so I took them out.

Post Mortem of the Sunny-Side Up Apricot Pastries

All baking attempts need to be eaten so that one can figure out what had possibly gone wrong…. As I bit into this, it was a bit too sweet for me what with all the sugar coating the bottom of the pastry and my puff pastry had 4 layers (??!!)… maybe I used it wrong and was supposed to layer more puff pastry on it….The pastry cream was fine (if a bit sweet as well).

So unfortunately, this did not turn out as well as I thought it would. Perhaps I will give it another go when I have a go at making my own puff pastry.

Do however have a look at the other TWD bakers more successful attempts here. If you would like to have a go at the recipe it is on page 192 – 194 of the Baking with Julia or you can find it here.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Sunshine x 2 October 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Oh such a bummer. But I like your plan/ timeline of mastering puff pastry. I too used some store bout dough this time round.

    • Reply smarkies October 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      It was a bummer. But I think in the end it was more my fault. Will have to try it again at some point. 🙂

  • Reply Cathleen | My Culinary Mission October 13, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Oh what a shame. That is strange that it did not puff up at all. I too used store-bought. It did not rise as much as I thought it would, but it did rise.
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    • Reply smarkies October 15, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      It was a shame. Need to maybe read the instructions on the packet first and then retry at some point. 🙂

  • Reply steph (whisk/spoon) October 15, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    that is so strange…you’d think store-bought would always work. your Danish braid looked great, so I’m sure that when you decide to make puff, it’ll be no biggie!

    • Reply smarkies October 15, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      you would think so, no? 🙂 I am going to try it out again.

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