Nope, I did not inject pink food coloring into those apples. And no, that is not bologna on puff pastry. Those are pink pearl apples gracing the top of flaky pâte feuilletée!
Tarte fine is just what it sounds like: fine tart. It is made with puff pastry and thin layers of fruit spiraling around the top. The pink pearl apples I bought from Dave Hale, owner of the famous Hale's Apple Farm in Sebastopol, California.
Dave sells his apples (in person) at the Palo Alto farmer's market on Saturdays and the Marin Civic Center Market on Thursdays and Sundays. If you want to keep him on your sweet side then bring by samples of your apple creations. He really enjoys seeing what people do with his produce and he carries many varieties of apples, not just the pink pearls.
I made a video on how to make puff pastry a few years ago with my friend Tselani who writes the popular blog Chez Tse. Check it out if you want a few laughs along with your pastry lesson. It was a very hot day and we polished off a bottle of champagne before filming. Moral of the story? If we can make puff pastry inebriated in 100˚F weather, then so can anyone!
My Dad says this apple tart needs a scoop of soft vanilla ice cream to go alongside. I think he's just looking for excuses to polish of the Ben & Jerry's. And he keeps insisting that he needs another slice to see if he "really likes it". Excuses, excuses. (sigh)
Dave Hale's Apple Ranch 1526 Gravenstein Hwy North in Sebastopol. About 1 mile north of the city limits on State Hwy 116 (Gravenstein Hwy); open daily 9 to 5 during apple season. Phone 707-823-4613.