I was sent a Calphalon No Peek Round Waffle Maker and assigned dessert. Now I could have made a dessert waffle. But I got to thinking how is a dessert waffle any different than a breakfast waffle? Well, I wanted to do something different.
Fall is in the air where I live. Apples are on my mind. So I decided quite easily to use apples in my dessert. Like I said, I could have made a nice waffle, maybe something all cinnamon spiced with an apple topping. But again. How is that different than a breakfast waffle?
No whatever I did would not entail anything close to standard waffle batter.
So all I really had in mind was “no waffle waffles” and “apples”. Where could that lead?
Well, when someone says “apple” to me, it doesn’t take my mind long to get to Tart Tatin. Which is a French pastry of caramelized apples sitting on top a flaky puff pastry shell made sweet and sticky with caramelized sugar. Could I make a Tart Tatin on a waffle iron? Well I just had to find out!
- 1 apple
- 1 puff pastry sheet
- 1 T sugar
- 1 t ground cinnamon
- 1/4 c pecan halves
- 4 scoops pecan praline ice cream
Cut the puff pastry sheet to fit your waffle iron. I used a Calphalon 7‑inch round iron.
Peel, core and slice the apple into 1/8″ thick wedges. Add the sugar and cinnamon to a medium-sized bowl, mix well. Toss in the apple wedges to coat them in the sugar mixture.
Starting with a cool waffle iron lay the puff pastry onto the bottom surface, lining up the edges so there is no overhang. Line the top of the puff pastry with a single layer of apple wedges in overlapping concentric circle. You may not use them all.
Turn the machine to the highest setting and close the top over the apples. It probably won’t close all the way, which is fine because that way the steam can escape as the tart cooks.
It will take about 6 to 8 minutes to caramelize the apple slices and get the puff pastry crispy. Fragrance and a happy sizzling sound will be the best guides in knowing when the tart is done, but you may also peek to check.
When it is done to your liking, unplug the iron and use a fork to gently lift the waffleized puff pastry off the iron and onto a plate. Garnish with pecan halves, cut into 4 pieces and serve each with a dollop of ice cream. Serve warm.
SERIOUS FUN FOOD