Posts RSS Subscribe to Feed
Sign Up for Latest Recipes!

Nectarine Puff Tarts (Short-Cut) and Props from Sydney...

Friday, October 21, 2011 | Labels: , , , |

I thought that my prop-fever had subsided earlier but I was wrong, in fact very wrong, just ask anyone who knows me, really. When I heard that Donna Hay had a new line of dinnerware with Royal Doulton, I was so excited and yet frustrated at the same time since I could not just saunter into her store and pick some up for clear and unfortunate geographical reasons. Fast forward a few weeks,  I was so elated when my sister who happened to be visiting Sydney picked up a few dishes for me fully knowing the prop-freak in me and hey it was my birthday...thanks sis!  Anyway, I really loved this plate in particular and I thought this particular shade of blue was incredibly soothing and just so gorgeous.  By the way, my sister (and most other people I know 'in real life') seriously think I'm nuts to be drooling over plates, they could be right but there are worse things to drool over in life, I feel and I'm sure my fellow food bloggers totally understand my 'condition'.  Alright, enough about props - today's easy tarts or puffs are another short-cut of mine, baked with store-bought puff pastry sheets, a little sacrilegious perhaps but incredibly time-saving and arguably produces very good results especially when you compare the results with the 'work' involved.


For today's offering, I merely sliced up some fresh nectarines, tossed them in some lemon juice and sugar and arranged them on top of the puff pastry rectangles for baking.  I added a quick glaze of apricot jam as well after they were baked for some sheen on the nectarine slices.  I love making my own puff pastry at home when I have the time and the inclination but when you're in a pinch or if you're having one of those lazy days, store-bought puff pastry sheets are very welcome indeed.  

The little blue square dish that the nectarines are on is from Gordon Ramsay's line, selected by my lovely sister as part of my 'prop presents' :O

Just in case you're interested, Donna's Royal Doulton line is available for purchase on her official website.  I am very tempted to order more online now that I have seen how gorgeous they are but my shelf-space begs to differ...we shall see!

Makes 10 pastries


10 rectangular puff pastry sheets measuring about 8' by 5' (just a rough guide)
1 egg, beaten for egg wash
1 tbsp butter, melted


3 nectarines, skin removed and thinly sliced
2 tsps sugar or to taste
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice


2 tbsps apricot jam
2 tbsps water



Pre-heat the oven to about 180 C (356 F).

Toss the nectarine slices in the lemon juice and sugar.  Add more sugar if needed.  Set aside.

Prepare a baking tray by lining with baking paper or foil.  Lightly grease the paper with some butter or oil.

Place one pastry rectangle on the baking tray.  I prefer to assemble the tarts directly on the baking tray to avoid mishaps with transferring from one dish to another as the tarts can be rather delicate.  With a sharp knife, lightly slice the tops i.e. do not slice all the way through on the pastry sheet about 1 inch away from the four edges, creating a kind of 'frame' on the pastry.  Brush the insides of the frame with the butter i.e. the space where you will be placing the nectarine slices.  

Arrange the slices on top.  Repeat with the remaining pastry rectangles or until your nectarine slices have been used up.  Brush the sides of the pastries with the egg wash.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

While the pastries are baking, prepare the glaze by simply bringing the jam and water to a boil.  Run the mixture through a sieve to get rid of the lumps and allow to cool.  When the pastries are out of the oven, lightly brush the tops of the nectarines with the glaze.  Serve.



Smallkucing said...

These looks great. Sure nice to eat.

Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet said...

So good to know that there are others like me. I am not alone...getting excited over dishes...or a spoon, or kitchen gadgets? I am so impressed you make your own puff pastry! Love desserts like this!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Totally my baking level. =)  And I make this tarts with apples all the time.  It sounds like it'll be a nice change with nectarine!  I am not sure if we can still find nectarines.  But I actually love nectarines more than apples.  Crossing finger for nectarines, but if not, this will be my first thing to make as soon as nectarines are out next year.  As always I am loving every picture here!

Cheah said...

Looks so cute and yummy.  I would opt for store bought pastry sheets anytime!

Christine's Recipes said...

The blue dish is very beautiful. Honestly, I want to stock some, or at least one, haha.

Littlecornerofmine said...

I love this short-cut too!  Over here is apple and pear season, all on sales.

Matt Wrench said...

This looks so simple even I might have to give it a go.

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

It is very simple! :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Yeah, definitely works with apples and pears too YUM!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

It is! At least the store is so much nearer for you hehe

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...


Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks Nami!! I think the nectarines we have here are imported from Australia or NZ hehe

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Yeah definitely! I have my days..sometimes I'm totally off props and other days not really haha!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

thanks girl!

Xiaolu said...

Yummy!  These are sweet and cute :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

thanks girl!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Creative Commons Licence
Smoky Wok by Smoky Wok is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at
No content from this website including images, recipes, writings may be reproduced without prior consent from the author.

Smoky Wok

Smoky Wok

Smoky Wok