The delicious syrup becomes the topping when the tarte tatin is inverted. Tangy crème fraîche offsets the tart's sweetness.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter, softened
6 tablespoons water, divided
1 large egg
1 cup sugar
4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and quartered (about 2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
10 teaspoon crème fraîche
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour in a medium bowl, and 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, and chill 30 minutes.
Combine 4 tablespoons 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.
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 10 minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples.
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. Let cool 10 minutes. Invert tart onto a plate. Serve with crème fraîche.
This is a very easy and delicious recipe. However, the directions need to be more clear regarding the melting of the sugar. As soon as a few golden spots appear, remove the sugar from the heat. Stir to get a uniform color. If you wait until all of the sugar is golden brown, it will have reached the hard candy stage. I learned this after two failed batches...Now that I have the secret, this will be a staple dessert. I even bought an apple peeler to make this easier!
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