Tarte Tatin recipe – An easy dessert with wow factor

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If you can’t be in France, bring some of your favourite French things to your table. After trying my first Tarte Tatin in Paris many years ago I was determined to recreate the magical taste of the famous French dessert.

I hoped that one bite of buttery pastry and caramelised apple would transport me back to that moment in the café in the Marais where I lingered over my pastry and watched the passing Parisians go about their daily lives.

These days I love spending time with friends and family over a long leisurely lunch and I often make my favourite Tarte Tatin. This dessert is very easy but looks amazing and is incredibly delicious – I hope you try and enjoy this recipe and that it transports you to France, wherever you are.

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin


1 sheet/packet of puff pastry 375g (butter/the best you can get e.g. Careme)

5 large apples – peeled, cored and quartered (you can use any type of apples)

The juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon

200g golden caster sugar

75 grams of butter, cubed


1  Preheat oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan forced

2  Add lemon juice and zest to the apple and stir well

3  Roll out pastry so it is approx 3cm bigger than a 26cm frying pan (cast iron is best) and prick all over with a fork

4  Add the sugar and butter to the frying pan. Over high heat stir until the sugar has melted and the mixture is light brown/caramel in colour

5  Remove your pan from the heat and carefully arrange the apple pieces in a circle pattern in the pan, taking care to cover as much as the caramel as possible

6 Carefully place the pastry on top of the apple and caramel and tuck the overhang edges down into the sides of the pan

7  Cook for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown

8  Be very careful to remove the pan from the oven, place a dinner plate over the pan and flip the pan quickly so the tart is now on the plate. Remove the pan and there you will find  your delicious Tarte Tatin

9  Serve your tart with lashings of cream or ice cream

If you would like to plan a Parisian food adventure of your own take a look at my tips for planning the ultimate foodie trip to Paris

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