Tarte tatin

Tarte tatin

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins plus 1 hr cooling

A challenge

Serves 6

Dark and sticky caramel, sweet apples and crisp pastry combine to make this heavenly French dessert, and with Raymond Blanc's recipe you can make it to perfection every time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal444
  • fat24g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre4g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.4g


  • 300g all-butter puff pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 6 dessert apples (about 900g/2lb), such as Braeburn, Cox’s Orange Pippin or Adam’s Pearmain



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  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 85g unsalted butter (60g/2¼oz chilled and diced, 25g/1oz melted)
  • crème fraîche (full-fat please!) or high-quality vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Roll the pastry to a 3mm-thick round on a lightly floured surface and cut a 24cm circle, using a plate as a guide. Lightly prick all over with a fork, place on a baking sheet, then cover and freeze while preparing the apples.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Peel, quarter and core the apples. Put the sugar in a flameproof 20cm ceramic tatin dish or a 20cm ovenproof heavy-based frying pan and place over a medium-high heat. Cook the sugar for 5-7 mins to a dark amber caramel syrup that’s starting to smoke, then turn off the heat and stir in the 60g diced chilled butter.

  3. To assemble the tarte tatin, arrange the apple quarters very tightly in a circle around the edge of the dish first, rounded-side down, then fill in the middle in a similar fashion. Gently press with your hands to ensure there are no gaps. Brush the fruit with the melted butter.

  4. Bake in the oven for 30 mins, then remove and place the disc of frozen puff pastry on top – it will quickly defrost. Tuck the edges down the inside of the dish and, with a knife, prick a few holes in the pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake for a further 40-45 mins until the pastry is golden brown and crisp.

  5. Allow to cool to room temperature for 1 hr before running a knife around the edge of the dish and inverting it onto a large serving plate that is deep enough to contain the juices. Serve with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

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Alanna Rose's picture
Alanna Rose
29th Jan, 2018
Excellent recipe. Rather than leave the tarte to cool to room temperature, I switched the oven off, left the door open whilst we ate our Sunday lunch and turned the tarte out when we were ready to eat it. Delicious with salted caramel ice cream!
8th Mar, 2017
Tried this tonight to use up left over apples. I used light muscavado sugar as that's what I had in the cupboard. I thought it had all gone wrong when the sugar went 'funny' when I added the butter - I expected it to go to more of a sauce consistency- but carried on regardless. It came out lovely! My family were rather impressed - get me! Served it with vanilla ice cream. Simple to do and tastes delicious.


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