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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.
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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