Apple Tarte Tatin

November 1, 2022
Created by Chef Casey Bowthorpe
50 min
Serves 6-8
  • 2-3 apples peeled (optional), cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed and chilled

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix the sliced apples together with brown sugar, the spices, and the lemon juice in a large bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a 10 to 12-inch nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat and sprinkle the sugar evenly over the melted butter. Rotate the skillet to evenly disperse the sugar and butter.

Place the apples in the skillet, flat side down, starting from the outside and working in, slightly overlapping one another. Fill in the center with the remaining apples. Let sit on medium for a few minutes while you prepare the puff pastry. *If you are using a cake pan, you will want to cook the butter sugar mixture longer in the skillet to get some color started before pouring it into the cake pan. Once you have achieved desired color pour into cake pan and arrange your apples. Then follow the next steps.

Roll the puff pastry out just enough to be able to cover the pan. Remove the skillet from the heat. Lay the puff pastry over the skillet and cut the corners off. Try to tuck some of the edges down inside of the pan, use a rubber spatula or a butter knife. Transfer to the oven.

Bake until the crust has puffed and is golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool, making sure that it is cool enough to handle, but not too cool where the sugar hardens and won’t let go. Safety tip: keep a hot pad or towel on the handle of the skillet so you don’t accidently touch it while it’s hot. Loosen up the edges using a butter knife. Place a plate or platter larger than the skillet right on top. Carefully flip the tart upside-down onto the plate. If the apples stick to the skillet, carefully remove them and put them back where they belong on the tart. If the sugar has hardened, you can place over low heat the help loosen it up.

Equipment list:


Cutting board

Peeler (optional if you don’t want to peal your apples)

Large bowl

Rubber spatula

10 to 12 inch oven safe skillet (or cake pan)

Rolling pin

Hot pad

Butter knife

Plate or platter or something larger than the pan to turn the tart out on