Now that the days are getting really short - these are the dark days before Christmas after all - and being cooped up in my apartment with the curtains tightly shut as early as five p.m., I every now and then like to indulge in a piece of Belgian pastry. I normally don't buy these, but some comfort food can be very 'comforting' this time of year.
The top one is an 'appelflap' (in Dutch/Flemish) a.k.a a 'gossette' (in French). It's made of puff pastry with a filling of apple sauce. There's also a 'cherry' version, but it's less common and not so popular. The top is covered in coarse sugar, sometimes caramelized, depending on the time the baker let it sit (too long) in the oven.
The 8-shaped one is called an ... 'eight'. An obvious name, considering its shape when you flip the photo vertically. It's also made of puff pastry. The yellow filling is a 'crème patissière' (custard?) and the topping is glazed sugar.
Are you hungry yet? Sorry, too late, I enjoyed these while working at home on Thursday (sheer delight) and as a special treat on Friday, because I was proud of myself having finished an important work project on a product I had never written about in the past.