Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield
10 servings (serving size: 1 slice tart and 1 teaspoon crème fraîche)

Caramel-bathed apples nestle in a tender crust, while crème fraîche lends a little French tang to this fall classic.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour and salt in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine 2 tablespoons water and egg, stirring with a whisk. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Turn dough out onto a large piece of heavy-duty plastic wrap; knead lightly 5 times (dough will be sticky). Pat dough into a disk. Cover with additional plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1/4 cup water and sugar in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until golden, stirring only until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; gently stir in small circles to evenly distribute cooked sugar. Let stand 5 minutes.

Step 4

Arrange apple quarters tightly in a circular pattern over sugar in pan, beginning at the outside edge. Cut 2 apple quarters in half, and arrange, points up, in center of pan. Place pan over medium heat; cook 20 minutes (do not stir), pressing apples slightly to extract juices. Remove from heat; let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples.

Step 5

Remove plastic wrap covering dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; roll dough into an 11-inch circle. Place over apple mixture, fitting dough between apples and skillet. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes. Invert tart onto a plate. Serve with crème fraîche.

Ratings & Reviews

Nan1016's Review

coloradojenn
December 30, 2010
I have made this several times and it is very tasty. The first time I made it, I accidentally forgot to add the cinnamon and I still thought it was yummy.

coloradojenn's Review

Nan1016
October 24, 2009
20 minutes of the apples cooking at medium was way too hot and long for my stove. It is completely ruined. I would like to state for the record that I cook and bake often. This was a total bust for me. Super disappointed.