Tarte Tatin is actually a very simple dessert to dish out, especially useful when you have unexpected guess or you are just not up to doing real baking. All you need is shop-bought puff pastry and fruits such as apples or pears. This is a recipe which I tried a few days ago, it taste fabulous and you have to try it.
The recipe :600 gm puff pastry 75 gm butter 120 gm caster sugar 6 to 8 Granny Smith apples To serve – whip cream or ice cream
Makes a 10 inch tart, serves 5 pax
Method - get ready a non-stick frying pan or something similar which can be used in the oven. In my case, I didn’t have a suitable frying pan so I just used a normal pan but with handles that are not plastic type, which can stand the heat of the oven. Peel of the puff pastry and cut into a round shape slightly bigger than the pan. Put it back in the fridge. Preheat oven to 190C.
Peel and slice the apples. Cut the butter into small bits. Sprinkle the butter and sugar over the base of the pan. Arrange the apples on top.
Cover with the puff pastry, push in all the edges. Prick the puff pastry with a fork a few times, to ensure you have holes to allow steam to escape. This is crucial, don’t forget ! (Coz I did..)
Place the pan over fire, medium heat to caramelize the apples. Around 10 minutes. Shake the pan slighly now and then. This is the part full of suspense, the pastry just puff up full of steam and I was scared it would just burst. That’s why you need to prick the pastry beforehand. Also, be careful coz caramel is very, very hot and can burn your skin.
Remove from oven. Place a plate over the pan, turn both plate and pan so the tart drops onto the plate. Serve with whip cream or ice-cream. Heaven
1) Do not shake the pan too much while on the stove, you can but then you won’t get the apples to be in a neat arrangement.
2) I would recommend immediately inverting into a plate, my mistake was I left it to cool for a few minutes and the caramel started to harden. The tarte tatin wouldn’t came off the pan. So I put it back onto the stove for a few seconds and thank God the whole thing came off easily.
3) In retrospect, I should have sliced the apples thicker and maybe use double layers of the puff pastry.
Let me know how your Tarte Tatin turns up. Thanks.