This lovely apple cake got it's name from a hotel in France, where it was created by accident when the cook left an apple, butter and sugar mixture on the stove for too long and thought it had burnt. She quickly topped the mixture with some pastry and popped it into the oven to finish cooking. The hotel guests devoured the dessert and Tarte Tatin was created.
My version, a quick and easy one, is made with a store-bought puff pastry. Much simpler for my boys to work with and so worth my time and effort. For those of you who have made your own puff pastry, you know it's not always an easy task. This version allows you to make this impressive dessert with only five ingredients and provides your family with a simple seasonal treat.
Take note though...if sugar and butter are not your thing, than neither is Tarte Tatin, as it's loaded with both ingredients. This dessert doesn't enter our home often, but I actually made this for a friend and didn't want to skimp on the rich ingredients
If your sous-chefs decide to offer you some assistance, cutting the apples offers a wonderful opportunity to chat about fractions. Each apple, once peeled and cored, needs to be cut into halves, then quarters and finally eights. I love when I can incorporate learning into our cooking.
I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day....
Easy Tarte Tatin
6 apples, peeled cored and sliced into eight pieces
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees and remove puff pastry sheet from the freezer.
~ Melt the butter in an oven-safe pan. Add the sugar and lemon juice and combine well. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes or until slightly golden in colour.
~ Arrange your apples in a circle around the pan, filling the entire bottom.
~Cook the apples for approx 10 - 15 minutes or until they become cooked and the sugar/butter mixture has caramelized.
~ Remove from the stove top and all to cool for five minutes.
~ Cover the apple mixture with a sheet of puff pastry. Tuck any excess pastry under and be sure to have all of the mixture covered.
~ Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and then invert onto a plate. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.