Tarte Tatin

Total Time:
1 hr 31 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
1 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Advanced

Ingredients
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 2/3 cups plain all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Caramel Apple Filling:
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 10 apples (recommended: Granny Smiths or Reine de reinette)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, for sprinkling
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

To make the pastry, let the butter soften to room temperature and put it into a mixer on low speed. Pulse for 2 seconds before adding the egg followed by the water. Mix for a few seconds and then add the salt and the flour, keeping 2 tablespoons aside to add later in case the dough is too sticky. Work fast because the gluten in the flour makes the dough go elastic.

Stop the mixer before the dough turns into a ball. Flatten the pastry and shape a circle about 6 inches wide. Place the pastry on a plate, wrap it in plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator for 1 hour minimum to 24 hours. This lets the gluten relax and when you roll out the pastry it stays flat.

Caramel Apple Filling: Cut the butter into little bits and scatter on a 10-inch baking dish. Shake the sugar over it and add 2 tablespoons of water to keep it from crystallizing. Caramelize the sugar by placing the dish on a medium heat. Meanwhile, peel the apples, cut in 2 and remove the core. Cut them into 4 big pieces. Once the butter and sugar have caramelized take the pan off the heat. Place the pieces of apple vertically on top of the caramel in the baking tin, taking care to fill the gaps with more pieces so they stick together in a solid mass. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over the apples. Put the dish back on a heat diffuser for 15 minutes at a medium heat until the caramel starts bubbling up through the apples.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll the pastry out and place over the apples folding it in at the edges. Make 3 or 4 holes with a knife and 1 in the middle to let steam out when baking. Bake for 20 minutes and then let it rest for 15 minutes. It is important that you do this otherwise the apples will fall apart when you turn it over. Take a dinner plate and put it over the baking tin. Turn it over. Slowly remove the baking tin.

Serve lukewarm with vanilla ice cream, heavy cream or whipped cream.


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    Have made this twice. I used a 10 inch cast iron skillet and since I don't have a "diffuser", just turned the heat to med-low and adjusted to achieve the simmer time. The apples are perfectly done and the tart holds it's shape. The flavor is perfect. It's a little tricky to turn with the heavy skillet, but it works! Granny Smith makes a more tart flavor; yellow delicious makes more sweet; I like to combine the two.
    We made two tartes last night, and Patrick's won hands down over Julia Childs'. The only thing I did was add two tablespoons of sugar to the dough to make it sweet. Also, used golden delicious apples.
    I bought a tarte tatin pan made by mauviel, 9-1/2 inch. I made apple, pear, plum, apricot and peach tarte tatin. The crucial point about recipe is timing. When you cook the sugar with butter, how do you know it is carmelizing? When the mixture first turns brown, either the sugar is carmelizing or the butter is burning. When it first turns brown, I stop the cooking and place the fruits in the pan with hot sugar. If I wait any longer, the mixture gets browner and the fruit gets mushier like apple sauce if you are using apples. Then I cook it until the hot sugar coats the fruits. Then I let cool. After cooling, I place the dough on top with 4-5 slits. I cook for about 20 minutes at 400F with 4 slits on top of crust. Then I let it cool for 15-60 minutes. After I turn it over, there might be excess liquid. The excess liquid I drain off and discard. So either you cook off the liquid which is water with some sugar, and take risk of overcooking the fruit, or you cook it less, leaving the fruit intact with a good bite but with excess liquid to drain off. It takes experience to decide the exact point when to stop cooking the sugar/butter and start adding the fruit. It also takes experience to decide the exact point to stop cooking the fruit layered in the sugar/butter before adding the crust. But depending on your decision the outcome will be determined.
    When I watched Tyler's show on how to make this Tarte Tatin, I couldn't wait to try it. The recipe looked so easy to make, yet the finished product was beautiful. I was not disappointed! I followed the recipe, except I sprinkled a little cinnamon on the apples before topping it with the crust. It was delicious and quite elegant and so yummy! I will make this for my next catered luncheon at work, I know they'll be very impressed!
    This was fantastic. I saw the show and couldn't wait to try it. I used my 10 inch cast iron skillet and it worked beautifully, just a little heavy for flipping it out.
    excellent
    i saw the show and it looked sooo wonderful that i had to go online and get the recipe! i just made it and wow its delicious! My husband and brother in law loved it so that deffinenntly means its a HIT!
     

     
    merci beaucoup les Francais!
    My first try at tarte tatin and despite not arranging my apple slices the way it was done on the show and adjusting the recipe to an 8" iron skillet, this turned our beautifully! The only change I made was to carmalize the sugar a bit more, so that it was a dark amber color. I made it two days ago and am finally finishing it up today -- and it is still great. In fact, it seems to be better the next day.
    This recipe is easy to reproduce but the finished product, though pretty, lacks flavor and depth.
     

     
    It is not sweet enough for most American tastes. The sweetness does not penetrate the apples very well. Something is definitely lacking here.
     

     
    European desserts are often lighter than would be appreciated in America, and I feel this is no exception
    The taste of this tartin is just fabulous -- I'm a New Englander and it is very reminiscent of a crisp fall day and picking fresh apples and coming back to make pie and applesauce! I did modify it a bit as I didn't want to use a traditional pastry crust -- I did do the sugar/butter carmelization first and then layered sliced apples (which is spiced first with cinnamon, nutmeg apple pie spice and just a small sprinkling of brown sugar and flour) with 4-8 sheets per layer of buttered phyllo dough. This made for two layers of apples (laid flat tho, not standing as in the show) and two layers of phyllo. I buttered the top layer prior to baking and sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar. During the cooking and then cooling, the phyllo dough becomes kind of gooey from the sauce in the pan -- definitely had to let it sit for a while. I bake a lot and of all the great recipes I've gotten, made and received rave reviews on -- this one has gotten the most compliments. It's really not a lot of work and not hard to do at all -- if you can make a traditional pie, you can make this! Thank you Tyler for showing us a terrific dessert! And I LOVE all your shows!
    satisfy any critic.
     
    great first date meal dessert, if you are looking for a mate.
    I made this twice once with crisp braeburn apples, and once with granny smith apples - both versions turned out wonderful. Not overly sweet and just awesome served with some whipped cream with a touch of cinnamon or vanilla bean icecream.
    Don't be discouraged by the "expert level"... I am a rank amature and this came off beautifully. Lacking a traditional Tatin pan I used a 10" cast iron skillet. "Granny Smith" apples were used (hint:remove a 1/4" slice from the top and bottom of the apples to give your segments a flat surface to stand on). A great looking and tart "tarte".
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