Buttery puff pastry offset by sweetly tart fruit – simple perfection. Best any time.
Rhubarb and pear dartois.
Rhubarb and pear dartois
Dartois are pastries with a sweet or savoury filling enclosed between two pieces of puff pastry. They can be made ahead and kept refrigerated, which makes them great for entertaining. This sweet version is filled with frangipane and sweet-tart fruit.
Prep time 40 mins, cook 40 mins (plus chilling)
375 gm sheet butter puff pastry (see note) Eggwash (see cook’s notes p177)
75 gm caster sugar
50 gm softened butter
Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean 1 egg
70 gm almond meal
25 gm plain flour
30 ml amaretto
1 firm beurre Bosc pear, peeled and cut into 1cm dice
Juice and finely grated rind of ½ lemon 170 gm caster sugar
1 bunch thin rhubarb (500gm-600gm), trimmed and thinly sliced
1½ tsp cornflour
Pouring cream, to serve
1 For frangipane, beat sugar, butter and vanilla seeds in a bowl with a wooden spoon until creamy, then beat in egg. Stir in almond meal, flour and amaretto and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill.
2 For rhubarb-pear filling, stir pear, lemon juice and rind, and 100gm sugar in a saucepan over high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil and cook until a thick syrup forms (3-4 minutes). Add rhubarb and simmer until rhubarb is almost tender and still holding its shape (2-4 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill. Strain syrup into a saucepan, returning fruit to the bowl. Add cornflour and remaining sugar to syrup and bring to the boil, whisking, and cook until syrup is thickened (2 minutes). Pour syrup over rhubarb and pear, and refrigerate to cool completely (30 minutes).
3 Cut 9 rounds from pastry sheet with a 9cm cutter, then reroll scraps and cut 3 more (use these for bases) and refrigerate on a trays lined with baking paper to firm up (20 minutes). To make lattice tops, working with a round at a time and keeping remaining refrigerated, cut a row of 1cm-long slits about 1cm apart, leaving 1.5cm from the edges. Make another row next to it, with the slits spaced between those of the first row. Repeat to cover round, then refrigerate to chill (30 minutes). Repeat with 5 more rounds.
4 Working with a pastry round at a time, keeping remaining refrigerated, spread with frangipane, leaving a 1.5cm border. Drain tablespoonfuls of fruit mixture and place on frangipane. Brush border with eggwash, then gently pull apart a pastry top and place over filling. Press around edge to seal, then trim with pastry cutter to neaten and refrigerate while you make remaining dartois.
5 Preheat oven to 200C. Brush pastries with eggwash and bake until golden brown and crisp (25-28 minutes). Serve warm with cream.
Note We like Carême all-butter puff pastry, which comes in 375gm sheets.