Happy Second Anniversary Tuesdays with Dorie! This is a very special week for TWD, because it marks the two year point in this baking adventure (though it wasn't my baking adventure until just under a year ago. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon and become a part of such a remarkable, dedicated and supportive group of bakers. Thank you so much to Laurie for being the brains behind the operation, and Dorie for writing this incredible baking book that never ceases to amaze me.
Because of the special occasion, there was a vote choose this week's recipe. The winner was a Tarte Tatin! (We also had the option of making a Cocoa-Buttermilk Cake, since that's what Laurie wanted to make.) I wasn't honestly that excited about this selection, but wanted to be a part of the festivities (plus I had a lot of apples), so I went ahead and made it. I have no idea how I couldn't have been thrilled to make this, especially considering what an apple pie lover I am. It is one of the best desserts I've ever had.
I used this crust, and made a half recipe in my 6" cast iron skillet. Let me tell you, I really wish I had made the full recipe. If you make this, don't scale it down! You'll be sorry!
The thing that makes the Tarte Tatin so amazing is that the crust is baked on top of the apples, so it doesn't absorb any of the juices from the fruit, thereby remaining perfectly crispy and flaky. The apples are cooked on the stovetop in a mixture of sugar (or palm sugar, in my case) and butter, making a delicious caramel sauce that thickens as the tart is baked in the oven. It is a perfect balance of sweet and tart, soft and crispy. In short, it is perfect. It can be made with several different fruits, and I can't wait to try other variations! The only thing that could have made this tart better would have been a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. Ah well, perhaps next time!
This is a treat that I will be making again and again. And again. My boys both loved it which means it will definitely be repeated.
The recipe for this amazing tart can be found here. But seriously, if you don't already have the book, you need to make it a part of your collection pronto!