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Tarte Tatin aux Pommes a French Classic

As you know, I am a big fan of traditional foods. One of my favourites is the Tarte Tatin, an upside-down apple tart. While there are many upside-down tarts and cakes in French cuisine (tartes renversées, gateaux renversés), the Tatin is made with apples.

The Tarte Tatin was created (by mistake) in the 1880s by sisters Stéphanie and Caroline Tatin, owners of the Hôtel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron near Paris. Stéphanie did most of the cooking and is said to have created the Tarte Tatin accidentally one evening when in a rush. The dessert became wildly popular at the hotel and even caught the owner’s attention at Maxim’s in Paris, where he added it to the menu in the 1950s as “la tarte des demoiselles Tatin.”

Please read the original article by: Cocoa & Lavender for the tempting photos.

Tarte Tatin aux Pommes

Apple Tarte Tatin

David Scott Allen | Cocoa & Lavender
The wonderful thing about an upside-down dessert is that they are never too dry. Enjoy the caramelized flavours of this traditional apple dessert à la mode with vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8 people


For the Crust:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Chilled Unsalted Butter preferably French
  • 1 Egg Yolk egg white reserved
  • 2 tbsp Ice Water

For the Filling:

  • 7 medium Gala Apples or any good tart-sweet baking apple
  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter preferably French
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar


  • Place the flour and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse once to mix. Add the chilled butter, cut into 12 pieces, and pulse quickly ten (10) times. Add the egg yolk and ice water; pulse quickly three times, then give approximately 20 long pulses until it begins to form a dough. Remove the mixture from the processor and place it on a floured board. Bring it together into a disk, wrap it in plastic, and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the sugar in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until the colour is a medium caramel. (About 10 minutes.)
  • While the caramel is cooking, peel, core, and quarter the apples. When the amber colour is achieved, remove the skillet from the heat. Add apple quarters, toss them to coat, and put back on medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Remove about half of the quarters from the skillet and place them in a bowl. Start arranging the remaining quarters tightly in the skillet in concentric circles, rounded side down, taking additional quarters from the bowl, as needed.
  • You will most likely have leftover quarters in the bowl. Chop these remaining quarters and put them on top of the apples in the skillet. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Roll the dough into an 11-inch round, and place on top of the apples and caramel. Tuck the edges inside and down a bit among the outer part of the apples. Whisk the egg white and use it to brush the pastry lightly. Make a small slit in the middle to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Allow the tart to cool for five minutes before turning upside down onto a platter.
  • Serve warm or room temperature with vanilla ice cream.
Keyword Apples, French Desserts, Tartes, Tarts, Traditional Recipe
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Savoury Versions:

Tomato Tarte Tatin
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It helps that everyone already knows and loves Tarte Tatin, the upside-down caramelised apple tart, so it’s great fun to adapt this technique for vegetables. The crust is easy to make and given that it’s baked upside-down the lovely juices only really soak into the pastry once it’s already crispy and baked, a big bonus in tarte terms. It’s easy, cannot really go wrong and is guaranteed to give your guests a big vibe of Provence, so just have a go at making one!
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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