Kate's Great Meal Tarte Tatin recipe

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Kate Connally, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. Caveat: This was my very first and it was very experimental and not totally successful although very
    delicious. So try it my way at your own risk. Or follow the original version exactly, but I can't
    vouce for how that will turn out. Kate


    Crust: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons sugar 2 sticks (1 cup) cold, unsalted butter,
    cut into small pieces
    1/2 cup cold ice water

    Put flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Add pieces of butter and process until
    mixture looks like a coarse meal. Add the water, just a small amount at a time, until the dough
    holds together without being too sticky. If the dough is crumbly, add a little more water. Put the
    dough into the plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

    Tart: 1 1/2 cups sugar 8 tablespoons water 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces 14
    med. apples, cut into quarters, peeled, and cored 2 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons cinnamon 1
    teaspoon cloves

    Preheat oven to 375F. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and cloves together and set aside. In a
    12" cast iron or non-stick skillet (must be oven-proof) combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil,
    then cook over medium heat until it turns amber colored. Remove from the heat and add the butter.
    Arrange the apples decoratively in the skillet on top of the caramelized sugar with the cut sides
    up. After you have covered the skillet with one layer of apples, sprinkle them with half of the
    cinnamon/clove sugar. Add another layer of apples and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon/clove
    sugar. Return the skillet to the stove and cook over low heat for ten minutes. Be careful not to
    burn the caramelized sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool. Roll out the pie crust to a thickness
    of about 1/8"-1/4" and place it over the apples. Trim the edges. Bake the tart for about 30-35
    minutes, until the apples are no longer hard (but not mushy), and the crust is golden brown. Let
    cool and flip onto a platter. Serve warm. ("Tarte Tatin is a really fruity upside-down tart. This is
    one of our favorite desserts. I usually use Granny Smith apples, but you can also use peaches or
    pears. I love making this dessert with my children Elizabeth, Johnny, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter and
    Patrick." by Karen Garver Santorum) (I got this recipe off the 1st Traveler's (sic) Choice web site.
    It is US Senator Rick Santorum from PA's wife's recipe.)

    Notes: I only used this recipe for a very basic guideline. I changed lots of things. I consulted a
    number of different recipes and sort of blended them. My version was very tasty but didn't come out
    as I would have liked. So be aware! First off. I didn't make the pastry - I used Pepperidge Farm
    puff pastry. Also, this recipe doesn't say what kind of apples to use. Other recipes recommended
    various apple varieties - Braeburn, Granny Smith, and others. I used McIntosh because that's my
    favorite apple - in fact I don't actually care that much for any other apple. So, the McIntosh may
    have been part of the problem as the tarte was way too juicy - delicious, but too juicy. I used 8
    large apples instead of 14 medium. Also, I didn't use all the sugar-spice mixture. First I reduced
    the amount of cinnamon to 1 tablespoon and cloves to ¼ teaspoon. I kept the sugar the same. And when
    it came time to sprinkle the mixture on the apples I decided I didn't need all of it and only used
    about half of it. I don't care for too heavily spiced apple dishes. I think it turned out perfect
    the way I did it. Just the right amount of spice.

    I didn't have an oven-proof skillet so I made the caramel as directed in my teflon skillet and then
    poured it into the baking pan. For baking the tart I used the 12" cake pan from my tiered wedding
    cake set and lined it with heavy-duty foil. Since it was metal I could put it on the burner, after
    arranging the apples, as directed. For the crust I rolled out one sheet of the puff pastry to the
    size needed to cover the pan and a little extra to tuck down the sides. I baked as directed. Note
    that many of the other recipes I consulted said that you could make the tart several hours ahead and
    then rewarm it in the oven for serving. I did it that way and wonder if that could have contributed
    to the over-juicy-ness. I think in the future I would stop at the point of cooking the apples on the
    stove top and then add the crust and bake just before serving. (I like a nice long interval between
    dinner and dessert anyway.) Several of my guests were not dessert eaters so I had most of it left
    over, which was fine with me, and despite the fact that it was too juicy, the crust didn't get as
    soggy as I had feared. I was delicious warmed up slightly in the microwave.
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