Bonjour, dear readers! Today, I’m going to show you how to prepare a simplified version of a classic French dessert: Puff Pastry Tarte Tatin. This upside-down caramelized apple tart is rustic, sweet, and the perfect end to any meal. Let’s get started!
- 1 package (about 17 ounces) of frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 6 medium apples (Granny Smith or Golden Delicious work well)
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for serving (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Peel, core, and halve the apples.
- In a 9-inch ovenproof skillet or tarte tatin dish, spread the sugar evenly over the bottom. Add the butter cubes, distributing them evenly.
- Arrange the apple halves, cut side up, on top of the butter and sugar. Pack the apples in tightly; they should all be touching.
- Place the skillet on the stove over medium heat. Cook until the sugar and butter mixture caramelizes and becomes a deep amber color. This should take about 15-20 minutes. Be careful, as the caramel can burn quickly.
- Once caramelized, remove the skillet from heat.
- Roll out your thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to a size that will cover the skillet. Carefully lay the puff pastry over the caramelized apples, tucking in the edges.
- Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden and puffed up.
- Allow the tarte tatin to cool for about 15 minutes. Then, carefully invert it onto a serving plate. Be cautious as the caramel can be very hot.
- Serve your tarte tatin warm, ideally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Et voila! There you have it – Puff Pastry Tarte Tatin: A French Classic Made Easy. This dessert is simple yet impressive, and is sure to wow your guests at your next dinner party. Enjoy, and bon appétit!
Un Seattle Gourmand