- 1 recipe Pate Sucree
- 5 large apples (about 2 1/2 pounds)
- Juice of one lemon
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/3 cup cranberries (optional)
Make the dough. Form into a 5-inch disk, wrap in plastic and chill one hour, or up to 3 days. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and on a lightly floured surface, roll it to a 12-inch circle. Brush off any excess flour. Place the round on a sheet tray lined with wax or parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
Melt the butter, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice together in an ovenproof skillet measuring 10 inches across the top. (Bakelite handles are ovenproof.) Cook, stirring, until the mixture turns a light caramel color. Be careful not to overcook; it will continue to darken from the residual heat in the pan. Remove from heat.
Arrange the apple slices, rounded side down, in a circle around the skillet and in the center. Scatter the cranberries between the slices. You'll have enough slices to stack them 2 deep.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and center it over the skillet. Using scissors, trim the circle so that it overhangs 1/2-inch all around. Tuck the edge down between the apples and the skillet. Lightly brush the dough with cold water and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake about 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Place a serving dish over the skillet and flip the whole thing to invert the tart onto the plate. (Don't forget to put a potholder over the skillet handle!) Serve with ginger whipped cream.