Apple Tarte Tatin
Cooks world wide are intimidated by the infamous Tarte Tatin, and we wish to change this mis-conception! Follow this recipe and you will be surprised at how successful you will be at it; as always give yourself time, be patient and love the process! We want feedback, let us know how it went!
short crust pastry or puff pastry
1 cup brown sugar
½ stick (4 tbsp ) butter, cut into small pieces
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup cold water
3 lb tart apples, peeled , cored, and cut in half
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
1. Generously butter a large cast-iron or ovenproof skillet and spread brown sugar evenly. Place butter pieces on the brown sugar. Add the vanilla extract. Sprinkle with cold water.
2. Allow this to begin to become a light colored caramel, and quickly place the apples in the skillet in a concentric circle. Place a heavy plate or cover over the apples so that they are well contained and close to each other (they shrink as they loose their water!).
Every time the juices of the apple with the caramel threaten to overflow over the sides of the skillet, empty them into a small pan on the side and use this later to create a natural glazing for your Tart Tatin
Never put a spoon into the caramel as it is melting, it will crystallize! If it does crystallize, don't worry ,the juice from the apple will solve it all, just add the apples!
3. Cook over low-medium heat until the apples are golden brown and soft (careful that they do not burn!), remove the pan from the heat.
4. Spread the short crust pastry or puff pastry on a large sheet of floured aluminum foil. Form a circle a little bit larger than the tart pan.
5. Turn the foil sheet upside down over the apples. Remove the foil sheet and tuck down the borders of the crust against the borders of the pan.
6. Pierce everywhere with a fork and bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is totally cooked through.
7. While baking, put the juices on high heat and let boil until reduced to a nice light caramel glazing.
8. Once out of oven, place on a platter when still hot and allow to cool. Once cool brush with the glaze for a shiny finish!