French Tarte – Tatin

Have you ever heard about French Tarte Tatin ? Tarte Tatin is a french pastry, in which the fruit (usually apples) is caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This one is my favorite dessert since I moved to Normandy. If you are not really a bake person, tarte tatin is a very easy to make and a must try dessert!


125 gr of caster sugar
125 gr of butter
5 apples (sweet and firm, such as Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
1 tbsp of vanilla powder
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1 tsp of lemon zest
1 sheet of puff pastry

Sour cream or vanilla ice cream for serving


First, make sure that you balance the amount of sugar and butter. Then, peel the apple and cut into 4 pieces and remove the cores.

Put the butter in a medium heat flat pan (diameter of 23 cm). Once it’s bubble, add the sugar. Stirring to help melt any lumps, 5-7 minutes.

Place the apples upside down around the pan, make sure the apple is closed to each other. Sprinkle with lemon zest, vanilla and cinnamon powder on top of the apple. Cook for 25 minutes, lower the heat, and do not stir! So that the apples bubble bathe in the caramel.

Turn off the heat after 25 minutes. Let it cool down and start to heat your oven into 200°C. Meanwhile prepare your puff pastry, poke holes to provide ventilation using a fork. Lay the circle of puff pastry on top. Tuck the puff pastry down the sides of the pan. Put into the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Let it warm before flip it into a plate. Serve with vanilla ice cream or creme fraîche (sour cream).

Here’s a little video of my favorite Netflix show “Queer Eye” on how to make Tarte tatin by Antoni.


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