Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Tropical Tartlets

Dorie Greenspan Tropical TartletsI thought I had this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi all figured out. Recently when I was cleaning out our chest freezer, I came across a package of mini tart shells that I needed to use up. Since I knew that this week I was working with pastry with my online cooking camp, I didn’t particularly want to make a ton of pastry (or even a small amount) on the weekend so I reckoned I’d do some “using up” of what’s on hand.

Except then when I took the pastry shells out of the freezer I realised they were vol-au-vent shells (so, puff pastry). Ummm. Ok. I didn’t think Dorie would mind that I was cooking through my Covid pantry so I went with those. I made 1/4 of the filling (kind of like a mango and lime custard) for two tiny puff pastry tarts and baked them up when my oven was already on for something else (gotta multitask when it’s a billion degrees!).

Coconut topped Dorie Greenspan Tropical TartletsI topped one with coconut before baking so it was all toasty when it was baked. The other I left plain and grated a bit of lime zest over it before I served.

Lime zest topped Dorie Greenspan Tropical TartletsThese were lovely, albeit “wrong” and I’ll definitely make them again when I have some shortcrust pastry on hand because while the puff pastry was fine, I know these would work better in a regular tart shell. In any case, one less thing lurking in the bottom of the chest freezer is always good!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Tropical Tartlets on page 159 of Baking Chez Moi.

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6 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Tropical Tartlets”

  1. I love your ingenuity. I admit I had some pastry in the freezer left over from something else I’d made, just enough for 2 tarts. These were delicious!

  2. I totally think it is great you used what you had…especially these times we find ourselves living in. I think yours look cute with the puff pastry!


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