This is a classic dessert with a striking presentation. But don't let its looks intimidate you. Tarte Tatin is a remarkably simple dish to make.
What you will need
6 Baking Apples
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
1 Tbsp Sugar
10 oz. Puff Pastry(Nutritional facts 334 calories, 19.03 g fat, 38.7 g carbohydrates, 3.49 g protein, 6 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium)
How to cook
Preheat oven to 400°F
Peel the apples.
Slice each apple in half through the stem and core.
Remove the core. For most apples, a standard tablespoon is a great tool for removing apple cores. Press the edge of the spoon into the core and rotate to carve a half-sphere around the seeds.
Then slice away the remaining stem surrounding the core.
Slice each half into wedges. You should get 2 or 3 wedges for each apple halve.
Squeeze the juice from a lemon over the sliced apples. Toss to coat the apples in lemon juice. This will both preserve the apples as they sit and add a little sparkle to the final "flavor profile".
If you've never made caramel, this may seem weird. Just put some sugar in a stainless steel pan over medium heat. Give it a shake to spread the sugar out evenly. Let it heat up until the sugar begins to melt.
As the sugar begins to melt, stir with a heat-safe spatula. Keep heating the sugar until it is entirely liquefied. The sugar will begin to darken rather quickly. Keep stirring. When it reaches a rich amber color (think Hammond's staff from Jurrasic Park), remove from heat and move quickly to the next step.
Whisk the butter into the caramelized sugar.
Add the apples and stir. The caramel will very quickly go from thick, almost hardened, to a thin and flowing liquid.
Arrange the apples in concentric circles with the rounded face to the pan. I like to start with the outside circle. As you get closer to the center, you won't be able to get as clean a circle, but that's fine. You do need an oven-safe pan for this that is small enough to keep the apples in a pattern.
Unfold the puff pastry and discard the parchment and plastic that it's usually wrapped in. Drape the dough over the top. Stretch it out a little if needed, in order to get the dough to cover the apples. For an alternative to puff pastry, see the tarte crust recipe I've attached here. It's very easy to make and just as good as (if not better than) the pastry.
Trim the dough to fit the apples neatly.
Poke a few holes for steam to escape.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the pastry crust is golden brown.
Let the pan cool for at least 10 minutes. When you're ready for a thrill, place a plate over the top that's large enough to cover the pastry crust. Holding the plate with one hand and the pan with the other, flip the whole deal over quickly but gingerly. If the tarte is still stuck in the pan, use a small spatula or a butter knife to coax it from the pan so that it falls out into the pan.
Tarte Tatin Dough
With some extra fruit and a little flour, the Tarte Tatin is an easy way to impress. But the trick is the dough. You can use a standard pie dough or some puff pastry, but I recommend throwing together this specialized dough. It works great and only takes a few minutes.