I found this wonderful baking book in the library the other day. As you might know I am neither a talented nor a passionate baker, but this book brought my baking spirit to (a theoretical) life. I must admit, I haven’t baked anything out of it yet, but I am planning to copy quite a few recipes. The book covers simple cakes to complicated, multi layered masterpieces and makes your mouth water.
It is called “Anniks göttliche Kuchen” (Annik’s divine cakes). Annik Wecker is the wife of a well-known German musician and a baker who creates and produces cakes for bakeries and private customers.
As we are all pressed for time and busy with all sorts of things at home and at work I chose to introduce you to the simplest and fastest cake Annik knows. It is called “Puff pastry tarte with fruit” and looks and sounds delicious.
Puff pastry tarte with fruit
- 1 pack of puff pastry from the cooling rack of your grocery store (270g)
- 1 egg
- 40g grated almonds
- 500g fruit, cut into pieces or slices according to your taste
- 80g sugar
Heat the oven to 200C. Roll the pastry onto your baking tray. Cut off a 1cm wide strip all around. Whisk an egg and brush it onto the edge. Put the cut off strips on top of the edge and brush with egg as well.
Cover the pastry inside with almonds evenly and place the fruit on top. Sprinkle the sugar on top of the fruit and the edge. Bake 25-30 minutes.
Annik says it is easy to vary, make it round or cornered or in small pieces. You can use almost any sort of fruit you like. Sometimes she sprinkles crumbled amarettini on top of the fruit (plus the sugar) or a mix of sugar and cinnamon or coconut flakes or little slices of almonds…. the possibilities are endless.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads