Tarte Tatin


Introduction

Tarte Tatin is a classic French dessert which consists of an upside-down caramelised apple tart. This dish is surprisingly easy to make at home and only requires a few simple ingredients. The result is a rich and flavourful tart which can be served on its own or with a dollop of cream or ice-cream.

Ingredients

-6-7 small apples (preferably of a tart variety such as Granny Smith)
-100g sugar
-50g butter
-1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200C.

2. Peel and core the apples, then slice them into thin wedges.

3. Spread the sugar evenly over the base of an oven-proof frying pan or tatin dish.

4. Place the butter in the centre of the sugar, then arrange the apple wedges around it in a circular pattern.

5. Place the pan over a medium heat and cook until the sugar has caramelised and the apples are tender (around 15-20 minutes).

6. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully drape the pastry sheet over it. Trim any excess pastry and tuck the edges down around the apples.

7. Place the pan back in the oven and bake for a further 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.

8. Allow the tart to cool slightly, then place a plate over the top of the pan and invert it to turn the tart out onto the plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Potential changes & improvements

-For a more decadent tart, you could add a layer of caramelised onions under the apples.
-Try using different types of apples for a different flavour.
-The tart can also be made with pears.

What other food it works well with

-Serve the tart with a dollop of cream, crème fraîche or ice-cream.
-A caramel or vanilla sauce would also be a delicious accompaniment.

Common Mistakes

-Be sure to caramelise the sugar properly before adding the apples, as this will ensure a deep golden colour and rich flavour.
-Do not be tempted to add more sugar, as this will make the tart too sweet.
-Be careful not to overcook the apples, as they should retain some of their shape and texture.

Nutritional Information

This tart is best enjoyed in moderation due to its high sugar and fat content.

Allergens

This recipe contains the following allergens:

-Butter
-Puff pastry (contains wheat flour, butter, salt)


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