Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tarte Tatin

I have seen so many recipes for Tarte Tartins lately that I just knew I had to try one soon. Finally I had my excuse today when Elise came over for lunch. I followed the recipe in Allan Campion & Michele Curtis’ 2006 Seasonal Produce Diary which has not let me down with a recipe yet. The recipe was fairly simple, the only difficulty factor is in tipping it upside down without leaving too much mess & hopefully getting it on the plate straight. With a bit of help from Michael I managed to succeed reasonably well. As you can see in the picture it is not the prettiest of dishes though I swear all the magazine pics look 100% better than mine! The flavour was luscious, very sweet, almost like stewed apples, served with some vanilla ice cream created the perfect balance, really good & you can kid yourself its almost healthy due to the fruit factor. Oh & by the way I used up my entire crop of granny smiths for the season for this recipe & still had to buy 2 apples from the market, yes that’s right, my tree only produced 2 apples for the whole year, hope to have better luck next year. You need a 22cm deep sided cast iron pan for this or alternately you can cook up the apples in a fry pan then transfer to a pie dish before covering with pastry. I used my paella dish which is oven proof, glad to find another use for it.

Tarte Tatin

75g butter
150g caster sugar
4 granny smith apples, cored & cut into 8ths
1 piece of puff pastry, approx 25 x 25cm
egg wash (1 egg yolk with 1 tablespoon milk)

Cream or ice cream to serve

Preheat oven to 190c. Heat pan over medium-high heat, add butter & sugar & cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Cook until sugar & butter are a golden caramel colour. Note do not lick the spoon during this process or you will have a burnt tongue like I now do. Next, carefully add the apples taking care not to splash, cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring to coat the apples with caramel. The apples will begin to release their juice & stop the caramel from over cooking.

Set the pan aside & cool a little. Place pastry over the apples & tuck down the sides to completely cover apples & trim off any excess. Brush pastry with egg wash & place in oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until pastry is risen, golden brown & cooked.

To serve, place a large plate over pan or pie dish. Then, using oven gloves, tip plate over & remove, leaving apples on top & pastry on the bottom. Serve immediately with cream or ice cream


Another Outspoken Female said...

I love tarte tartin. The best I ever had was at De los santos, in Brunswick St, straight out of the oven. I thought i had died and gone to heaven. I never saw it there again, so maybe it was a whim, or a now departed chef.

It is deceptively simple to make but almost too delicious to share :)

neil said...

The first time I made this I followed the instructions, straight from a well known chef that said to put the pastry on top before you cook the apples. It just melted into a gooey mess. Even the Roux brothers say to do this, not for me anymore.

Ange said...

I love De Los Santos, have never seen a tarte tatin there either

Ange said...

I cant imagine how it could possibly work putting on the pastry b4 cooking the apples, my recipe even said to cool slightly first, will make sure I never try that method!

Marilyn said...

Looks delicious-I've been wanting to try this for a long time.

Amanda & Debbie said...

We gasped in horror when we read you had licked the hot spoon. Must have been very painful. Looks great though.

Ange said...

Thks - my tongue has finally recovered after nearly a week!