Here is an easy recipe that will impress your guests.

The tartlets are just too cute and so delicious.

I have made a few changes to the original recipe.

Christophe Felder, and yes after Christophe Michalak (of whom I’m a super fan, several of his recipes are available on the blog) we have Christophe Felder … Married to a Christophe I seem to get attracted to this forename!

This virtuoso and sugar passionate was pastry chef at the Crillon hotel in Paris at the age of 23.

He has written numerous books including an eight hundred page « Patisserie » 

It has been translated into English as <Patisserie: Mastering the Fundamentals of English Pastry>.


For about 25 tartlets:

125 g sweet dough: therefore half the recipe that you can find on this blog


250g Royal Gala, or if you prefer, Golden delicious apples as long as you use a fruit that caramelizes well.

75 g Granny Smith apples


For the caramel:

100g Sugar

27.5 g butter

25 ml of water


For the glaze:

30g mineral water

40g sugar

2g gelatin sheet or powder

Some orange and lemon zests


Peel the apples, core and cut into small dices.


Make a caramel by placing the sugar in a dry pan, preferably with a thick bottom.

When the caramel becomes brown and while the pan is still over heat pour the warm water and stir until reaching a smooth consistency.

Remove from heat, add the butter and mix well.


Place the apples in a baking dish, pour the caramel over but keep the thickened and reduced part in the pan.

pour the caramel over.

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As seen in the photo above.

Cover with a foil and bake the apples for 30 minutes at 180 °C.

Then remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until the apples are cooked and tender like “Preserve”. 

Use a silicone mold with mini half spheres or if not available, grease mini mold pies as substitute.

Fill the molds with the caramelized apples, smoothen the top well with a knife as it will sit on the biscuit and therefore must be totally flat.

Place the molds in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours.


Meanwhile roll the dough thinly and using a circle cutter or a small glass form 25 cookies.

Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden.

Let them cool on a rack.

Melt 30g butter, and apply with a brush on the cookies, this will prevent them from becoming soft and it will keep all their




Boil the water, sugar, and zest.

If you are using powdered gelatin now is the time to add it and let it boil for 2 min.

If you are using a gelatin sheet soak it previously in water.

Whisk well. Strain to get rid of the zests.

Let it cool at room temperature, it will thicken.


The finishing touch:


Unmold the caramelized apples.

Keep in the fridge.


Remove these little wonders from the fridge 30 minutes before serving and keep at room temperature.



Place one on each cookie.

With a brush, coat the domes of apples with the prepared glaze.



Store in the fridge.

Remove these little Tatin from the fridge 30 minutes before serving and keep at room temperature.



This pie is absolutely gorgeous

Serves 6 to 8 people

you can use tart circle of 20 or 22 cm diameter

(It also works in 24) or a tart mould.

I used a circle of 28 cm and added an extra 20% for the filling.

I could even have increased by 25%.

Almond cream

100g butter

100g icing sugar

100g ground almonds

100g whole egg (it takes 2 or 3 eggs, beating on a fork and keep only 100g)

2 caps amber rhum (not mandidory)

Six 1/2 pears in syrup (I put 8)

Halved almonds

100g topping glossy (I took the topping in Vahine)


Prepare all ingredients and most of all remove the butter from the fridge at least 1 hour before use.

Make the sweet pastry.

see the link


Store in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

If the dough is too cold let it set at room temperature, as it will not roll easily.

Prepare the pears. Remove from the can and let it drain in a colander.

Roll out the dough and fold in your mould.

Prick with a fork and chill again cold covered with cling film.

In a tray with paper towels put pears and tab to remove excess syrup. Or the juice will ruin your tart while baking.

Slice the pears into thin slices and set aside.

IMG_3121On a plate  sprinkle sliced almonds and roast them in the microwave for 1 minute maximum power. remove the plate, move them and back to the mirowave for another 1 minute. Let it set. picture before and after


almond cream

Mix the butter with a wooden spoon, when he has the consistency of a paste add the almond powder and sifted icing sugar , then vanilla extract and 2 liquid caps amber rum (if wanted).

When you get a good homogeneous texture, add the beaten eggs.

Spread the cream evenly



and set sliced pears with a spatula tip facing the center of the pie but close to the border. You need a shape of a sun with the last 1/2 pear in the middle.

Press gently with your fingers on the half-pear slices in order to lay each slice down.

See picture below as it is difficult to explain.


Sprinkle with almonds

Bake at 170 ° C for 25 minutes or until golden pie.

Set on a wire rack.

Immediately, coat generously the top of your pie.

Christophe Michalak, world champion pastry chef, uses a good quince jam. He places it in the microwave for one minute.

Pear and quince are a good mix.



A flavored delicious dough for your pies or your biscuits

It seems a bit long but so worth it.

Attached are some pictures of desserts I have made using

this dough.

Do not over knead the dough and allow time to rest.





VANILLA EXTRACT or lime or any other flavor


For your butter if it comes from the refrigirator, do not hesitate to cut it into cubes and put it in the microwave 10 seconds low power if it is not enough to add another 5 seconds.

Mix butter and icing sugar with a spatula until you get an homogeneous mixture.

I do it with my Kenwood I use « the hook. »

 but I double or even quadruple the quantities as the food processor is big.

I then freeze the unused one.

 It is always conforting to have already homemade one when you need it.

Just let it defreeze gently in the refrigerator, or if you do not have time at room temperature, it takes about an hour.

Add the egg and continue mixing.

 to avoid finding pieces of shells I broke the egg in a ramekin that I added to the preparation.

With the food processor I use power 2 « sheet ».

You then get  a « creamy ».

Add flour, salt, flavor extract and mix until you get a ball shape.

Or use your food processor with the hook.

Form a shape and flatten it gently.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes in cling film.

Caution: Do not overwork the dough or it will crumble.

It is also important to let the dough rest.

it avoid shrinking while  baking.