Tart Tatin

Tart Tatin
Tart tatin is one of the great classic desserts of French cooking. It's an apple tart cooked upside down. Apples are cooked in sugar until they caramelise. Then a circle of puff pastry is put on top, and the whole tart is baked at 356°F (180°C) for 20 minutes. To serve, the tart is turned over so that the apples are on top. Apples with caramel and crispy puff pastry taste amazing.

The classic recipe uses shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée), but in this version I prefer to use puff pastry (pâte feuilletée). It's a quite easy recipe, the only difficulty is the "turning over" of the hot tart, always a tricky moment.
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Last modified on: October 30th 2015

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Tart Tatin
You will need a pan or tin which can go both on the hob and in the oven, preferably non-stick.

Cut a circle of puff pastry the same diameter as your pan, prick all over and put back in fridge.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Tart Tatin
Peel 1 kg apple, cut into 4 or 8 according to size, remove core.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
Tart Tatin
Melt 60 g butter in your pan over medium heat, add 120 g caster sugar.

It might seem to you that there is a lot of butter, but don't worry, it's normal: the apples will absorb most of it.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Tart Tatin
Put apple quarters into melted butter, packed together as closely as possible.

Leave to cook until sugar caramelises.

Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C).

Stage 5 - 15 min.
Tart Tatin
After about 10 minutes, sugar will start to caramelise and apple juice boil.

Stage 6
Tart Tatin
The apples are sufficiently cooked when sugar around the edge of the pan is a light caramel colour.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Tart Tatin
Put pan in the oven for 5 minutes.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
Tart Tatin
After these 5 minutes, remove and put puff pastry on top.

Stage 9 - 20 min.
Tart Tatin
Put back in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Stage 10
Tart Tatin
Remove from oven when puff pastry is golden brown.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
Tart Tatin
Now for the tricky bit: use oven gloves to protect your hands and put serving plate on top of Tatin tart.

You should do this operation whle hot, otherwise apples stick on the bottom of the pan during cooling.

Stage 12 - 1 min.
Tart Tatin
Turn over smartly...

Stage 13 - 1 min.
Tart Tatin
... then remove pan: your Tatin is a success!

Stage 14
Tart Tatin
At my opinion, nothing goes better with warm tart Tatin than a little whipped cream (crème chantilly).
The recipe for Tart tatin comes from central France, via the pretty story of the Tatin sisters who ran a restaurant in Lamotte-Beuvron and invented the famous recipe, which now bears their name.
Once cooked, a few minutes.
Home made but after a recipe by Gaston Lenôtre.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,533 Kcal or 6,418 Kj13 gr313 gr125 gr
77 %5 %30 %19 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
109 Kcal or 456 Kj1 gr22 gr9 gr
5 %<1 %2 %1 %
Per tart
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,533 Kcal or 6,418 Kj13 gr313 gr125 gr
77 %5 %30 %19 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten, Sulfites
How much will it cost?
  • For 1 tart : 2.71 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
AppleApple: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Canadian apple crumble, Croissant dough apples, Apple crisps, Express apple tart, Soft apple cookies, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Saint Honoré cake, Cooking sugar, Brioche royale, Apple and almond gratin, Dublin fruit scones, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pork Chops with Rosemary, Mushroom velouté, Oatmeal cake, Amandier (gluten-free almond cake), Breton style shellfish and vegetable soup, ... All
Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée)Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Thin cherry tomato and pesto tart, Mirlitons, Quick flaky pizza, Sicilian Epiphany Pie, Smart plum tart, ... All
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  • I've actually prepared this exact recipe before from the cookbook. Gee, mine did not look as "pretty" as yours:)
    Posted by louise may 17th 2009 at 19:04 (n° 1)
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