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Tarte Tatin


February 21, 2017

This great traditional recipe is the perfect dish for all of those yummy apples that are arriving at this time of year! It is a challenging recipe as it takes a lot of checking but definitely worth the time.

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yields: 8


Ingredients - Pastry

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tbsp granulated sugar

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup cold butter - quartered

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp ice water

Ingredients - Filling

3 1/4 lbs crispin apples (8 to 10 apples)

1/3 cup butter - softened

1 cup granulated sugar


1In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Whisk egg yolk with water; drizzle over flour mixture and toss with fork until in clumps. With floured hands, form into ball; press into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick disk. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2Filling: Meanwhile, peel, quarter and core apples; set aside.

3Spread butter over a Tarte Tatin pan or a 8- to 9-inch (20 to 23 cm) cast-iron skillet at least 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) deep. Sprinkle evenly with sugar.

4Set apple wedges upright in sugar, wedging tightly to fill skillet. Cook over medium heat, uncovered and basting occasionally, until syrup is thickened and apples are light caramel brown, 15 - 20 minutes you may need longer if not in a cast iron pan.

5If tips of apples are not tender, bake skillet in 375°F (190°C) oven until tender, about 10 minutes.

6On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into circle slightly larger than top of skillet. Trim edge if necessary. Roll loosely around rolling pin; unroll over apples, tucking between pan and apples. Cut 4 steam vents in centre.

7Bake in 425°F (220°C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F (190°C); bake until crust is golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 3 to 4 minutes.

8Invert heatproof platter over tarte. Wearing oven mitts, turn skillet upside down onto platter. With spatula, remove any apples stuck to skillet and arrange on tarte. Spoon syrup over top. Let cool slightly before cutting into wedges to serve.