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From the kitchen: Peach Thyme Tartlettes

July 15, 2013

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Ironically, summer is my favorite baking season of the year. Yes, it jumps the heat in my kitchen about a million degrees, but nothing beats summers’ sweet, tart, and juicy variety of fruits. Peaches are maybe my favorite of all summer fruits to bake with. They’re perfectly sweet and tart and so colorful. They also lend themselves well to savory combinations – bacon wrapped and grilled, with a light smear of goat cheese and this delicious thyme infused variation. Fresh thyme offers a mild herby note in every bite that blends harmoniously with the sweetness of the peach and buttery crust. These individual rustic tarts are the perfect serving of summer and pair so well with cream (both the ice and whipped variety). Enjoy! -xo

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Peach Thyme Tartlettes

Makes about 6 rustic tarts

INGREDIENTS

for the crust

  • 2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 -inch dice, plus 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 cup ice water

for the filling

  • 4 peaches, firm and unripe
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
special tools

  • 6″ pastry cutter found here

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a bowl, mix flour with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the salt. Add the cold butter and cut it in briefly using a pastry blender (or your hands). Add the water and stir just until the dough begins to come together. (NOTE: I use a food processor for all of my pie doughs, with excellent results every time)
  2. Gather up the dough and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly until it forms a smooth, cohesive mass. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before rolling out.
  3. Wash peaches, and place them in a medium saucepan filled with water just covering the peaches. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and simmer for 10 minutes or until peaches are fork tender. Drain and let peaches cool.
  4. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar with thyme and rub between your fingers to help thyme release its oils. Sugar will look and feel a little moist. set aside.
  5. Once peaches are cooled, remove pits and slice thin. Set aside.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400°. Prepare two baking sheet lined with parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and cut 6- 6″ circles with pastry cutter and place on the baking sheets. Arrange the peaches on top of each crust in a fanned formation. Fold the edge of the dough up and over the fruit crimping as you go.
  7. Divide the 1/4 cup thyme sugar between tartlettes (about 1-1 1/2 teaspoons per). Bake for 35 minutes, or until the tartlettes  are lightly browned. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Dip a brush into the galette and glaze the peaches and crust with some of their juices. Serve warm.
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16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2013 12:16 am

    You’re absolutely right on how colorful the peaches are because it definitely caught my attention. I’m not a fan of peaches however this looks absolutely beautiful and the folds of the crust is perfect. I definitely have to try this recipe some time!

  2. pjsassifras permalink
    July 15, 2013 1:02 am

    I will have to try thyme with my peaches next time. Great idea!

  3. July 15, 2013 1:06 am

    Summer is my favourite too, I prefer both the fruits and the vegetables. That looks delicious!

  4. July 15, 2013 2:04 am

    Looks heavenly! My favourite baking time is summer too.

  5. July 15, 2013 3:15 am

    Looks divine!! :)
    I also baked peach galette today! but not with thyme… But there is always next time! ;)

  6. July 15, 2013 3:48 am

    These look delicious! I’ve been thinking a lot about adding thyme to desserts lately, I might try it out with your recipe :-)

  7. July 15, 2013 6:37 am

    YUMMERY!!

  8. July 15, 2013 6:52 am

    This is great all year round !!! have some home made ice cream or even custard for the winter months – great idea thanks :-)

  9. VVernhard permalink
    July 15, 2013 10:48 am

    Hat dies auf KP28 * Soul Food rebloggt.

  10. July 15, 2013 4:35 pm

    Yum can’t wait to try this. Could you use half the amount of stevia however in place of the sugar?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      July 17, 2013 9:43 am

      Hmmmm, it’s hard for me to answer that question since I’ve never baked with Stevia or any other sugar substitute apart from honey or maybe agave. I found this chart on the Stevia site: http://www.stevia.com/stevia_sugar_substitute.aspx

      Maybe that will help. Looks like the ratio is 1:2. Let me know if you try it!

  11. July 16, 2013 12:51 pm

    What an unusual combo! And thanks for including the crust recipe… most people just say “use frozen pastry” or something, which I never buy :)

  12. July 16, 2013 1:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Unicorns Have Fists.

  13. July 22, 2013 2:41 pm

    I’m a big fan of peach and basil but had never thought to try thyme! Thanks for this!!

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