Sweet Little Pastries for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Desserts, Sweet Treats | 36 comments

Sweet Little Pastries for #SundaySupper

It’s a Superbowl #SundaySupper this week, which, as far as I can work out with absolutely zero knowledge of Superbowl, means easy-to-eat party food, to enjoy whilst watching the ‘big game’. It’s being hosted by Jen of Juanita’s Cocina, who is far more qualified than me to offer recipes for this theme!

I guess it should probably have an All-American feel, which you will find plenty of from the rest of the group, but I have gone my own way with a French twist on pick-up-and-eat desserts.

I recently bought Michel Roux’s Pastry – not so much a recipe book as a beautifully illustrated crash course to the main French Pastry types. I have been desperate to try out some of the techniques, so I decided to attempt some bite-sized pretty pastries, made with a Pate Sucree base.

Fruit Pastries

I am something of an impatient and impulsive baker – probably not the best characteristics when making pastries, and consequently did not leave the pastry to rest in the fridge for the recommended 1-2 hours. My dough was more sticky, and I ended up with the centres being slightly cake-like, almost spongy, but this actually worked well. Pate Sucree, it would seem, is incredibly versatile and easy to work with – enriched with eggs and icing sugar, it is closer to a biscuit than a pastry dough, but does not spread in the oven, so it is perfect for trying out all kinds of creations.

I’ll share the recipes I made up, but once you’ve got a basic Pate Sucree, there are endless things you could do with it, so enjoy experimenting!

Coffee pastries

Sweet Little Pastries

(Makes about 10 tartlets and 12 mini biscuits)

Ingredients

250g plain flour (mine was a gluten-free blend)

100g icing sugar

100g butter

2 eggs

For the toppings/flavourings

Apricot jam

200ml whipping cream

3 tsp ground coffee

A handful of flaked almonds

Fresh strawberries and blackberries

Method:

To make the Pate Sucree, place the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Place the icing sugar and butter into the well. Begin to combine with your fingertips, slowly incorportating the flour, until you have a mixture resembling fine breadcrumbs. Make a well again, and add the eggs. Use a spoon to combine everything until you have a sticky dough. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge (in this case, for 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 180C, grease a cupcake tin and line a flat baking tray.

Put spoonfuls of the pastry (just over half the mixture) into the cupcake tin, using the back of a spoon to flatten. Make a dip in the centre of each one. Fill with a teaspoonful of apricot jam. Place into the oven and bake for about 20 mins, or until the pastry is just turning golden.

Meanwhile, add the ground coffee to the remaining pastry and mix well until combined. Use a teaspoon to make small circles of dough on the baking tray. Bake for 10-15 mins.

While the pastries cool, whip the cream. When almost whipped fully, add a tbsp of icing sugar and whisk until combined. When the pastries have cooled, add a tiny drop of whipped cream to each biscuit and top with a sprinkling of flaked almonds. Dredge a small amount of icing sugar over each one.

For the tartlets, wait until the jam is cooled fully, then top each one with whipped cream. Slice the strawberries and use these and the blackberries to decorate each tart.

Serve with a good cup coffee and enjoy!

Sweet Pastries

For more celebratory, Superbowl food, take a look at these recipes from the rest of the #SundaySupper crew:

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Appetizers & Snacks:

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Main Dishes:

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Desserts:

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Tablescape:  10 Tips For A Winning Superbowl Buffet Table from An Appealing Plan

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36 Comments

  1. Mille fois merci, Katy for this most elegant of soirée fare recipe.
    I agree that once you’ve got the foundation set for paté sucre, the toppings are well, icing on the cake!

    • Merci bien! Very true – I can’t wait to experiment further with this pastry!

  2. I think a sweet pastry is a much needed recipe after all the cheese and meat is consumed! You made them gf, that is wonderful and also they have coffee, which is such a favorite flavor. I love that book, check out the crepe recipe, it´s the best one ever. Have a great sunday!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Marinated Steak and Chimichurri Sliders #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Coffee is one of my favourite flavours too :) I will definitely check out the crepe recipe – it’s an amazing book!

  3. Oooh, these are gorgeous mini pastries! Love the berry topped version…I’d have to pop more than one into my mouth :)
    Liz recently posted..Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomatoes….#SundaySupper, #SuperBowlMy Profile

    • Thanks Liz, I have to admit, my friends and I got through them pretty quickly – oops!

  4. So pretty! Can’t have a party without the sweets. Yum!
    Shannon @VillageGirlBlog recently posted..Meatball Sub Sliders for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Shannon!

  5. These look amazing!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Green Chile Cheeseburgers ~ Super Bowl #SundaySupper!My Profile

    • Thank you, Jen! Happy Superbowl #SundaySupper!

  6. So so sweet and pretty – I love the ones with berries on top!
    Katie recently posted..Grilled Pizza with Sausage and Spinach Recipe for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Katie, I’m glad they live up to their name!

  7. What lovely little pastries! They would be a real treat for any party.
    Renee recently posted..Muffuletta Skewers for #SuperBowl #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Renee!

  8. So lovely!! I could have a plate of them!!
    Tara recently posted..Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates for Superbowl #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Tara! If you weren’t so far away I’d send you some!

  9. Beautiful! Love the detail in each perfect bite! Thanks for bringing to #SundaySupper!

    • Thank you so much, Susan!

  10. Beautiful & delicious looking pastries :) ~ Bea @ galactosemia in PDX
    Bea recently posted..Ham Crescents {Schinkenhoernle} #DairyFree for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Bea :)

  11. Theyre adorable, I bet they were divine
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Vegan "Hamburger Helper" Soup for Superbowl #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks, Sarah! I can’t wait to experiment further with pate sucree, it is such a lovely pastry!

  12. These are so cute and delicious looking!
    Megan – I Run For Wine recently posted..Cheesy Peach Jalapeno Hush Puppies for #SundaySupper Super Bowl PartyMy Profile

  13. Oh these look so super cute and perfect after all the savories you’ve had :) Love the toppings and the coffee in there too!YUMM…
    Soni recently posted..Tofu Buffalo Bites for Superbowl! #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Soni! Next time I think I would use ground espresso, and a bit more of it, because the coffee flavour didn’t come through quite as much as I’d like :)

  14. What lovely little pastries, definitely a step up from other Super Bowl food and certainly a nice palate cleanser!
    Susan recently posted..Bacon Kettle Corn #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Susan, I’m glad they can sneak in there as any kind of Super Bowl food!

  15. They look so cute! I would love them with coffee that I am having at the moment.. :)

    • Thank you, they definitely work best partnered with coffee!

  16. So elegant looking, Katy!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Roses are Red, Violets are DeliciousMy Profile

    • Thank you, Cindy :)

  17. Although perhaps not traditional Superbowl fare, I’ll take these little gems at my party!
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted..What’s in the Lunchbox Wednesday – 2-6-13My Profile

    • Phew! I had absolutely no idea what Superbowl fare was, so I’m glad you’ll take these!

  18. The tarts in themselves are lovely , but with the cream they are absalutely divine ! Yummmm
    Sunithi recently posted..Nutrition, Supplements and Weight LossMy Profile

  19. Oh these look so tasty. I especially love the ones with the berries and cream on top.
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted..Pistachio and Chocolate Soufflé #SundaySupperMy Profile

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