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Pineapple Tarts

Source: Gatherings & Celebrations
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  Makes 4 servings
1/2 pound prepared puff pastry
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
Four (1/2-inch thick) fresh pineapple slices, tough inner core removed;    or canned pineapple slices
Freshly ground black pepper
On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into a square about 1/8-inch thick. Using a 4-inch plate as a guide, or a cutter, cut four disks of pastry. If you are using a plate, cut the pastry with a rolling pizza cutter or the tip of a small sharp knife. Transfer the cut pastry rounds to a baking sheet. Pierce the pastry 6 to 8 times with the tines of a fork. The punctures will help prevent the dough from rising unevenly during baking. Chill the pastry in the refrigerator while you prepare the sugar. The disks can be prepared up to this point and refrigerated for 1 day or frozen for up to a week.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a small, heavybottomed pan, dissolve the sugar with the water. Cook the sugar over medium-high heat until caramelized. Do not stir the sugar as it cooks or it may recrystallize. Swirl the pan when the sugar begins to brown. Carefully pour the caramelized sugar into four 4-inch 10-ounce ramekins.

Place the pineapple slices in the ramekins on top of the caramel and season lightly with salt and pepper. Lay a pastry disk on top of each pineapple and transfer the ramekins to a baking sheet. Bake the tarts for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown. Remove ramekins from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Holding the ramekins carefully with a cooking mitt, twist the puff pastry to loosen the tart, caramel, and pineapple together. Carefully invert the ramekins to release the tarts onto individual serving plates. Serve the tarts warm or at room temperature.

Note: Pastry can be purchased in the frozen food section of most markets.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 4 servings
Calories: 486
Sodium: 142mg
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 71g
Protein: 4g
% Cal. from Fat: 41%
Fat. Total: 22g
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