Monday, July 4, 2011

Apple Tarte Tatin!

Adapted from Molly’s Tarte tatin, which in turn was adapted from The Joy of Cooking cookbook!

sweet juicy tarty goodiness! (~^_^)~

Tarte tatin is an awesome dessert! My parents use to make it all the time, and is a favorite dessert of mine! Also, I love the complex simplicity of french desserts like tarte tatin. When you look at the ingredients of tarte tatin you will see that it's made of relatively simple ingredients. But! when they all come together, and are cooked in the right way they create a truly wonderful work of art that is pleasurable to one's sight, smell, and above all taste!

Ingredients:

Crust:
·         1/2 cup (one stick) and two tbsp of vegan butter
·         >1 tbsp of sugar (optional, personally I don’t think the crust needs sweetening)
·         1 1/2 cup flour
·         3 to 6 tbsp of ice water

Filling:
·         7 medium sized apples. The recipe I looked up suggested gala’s, granny smiths, or McIntosh. My personal favorite to use are Fijis since they are sweet, crisp and juicy ~(^_^~)!!! A really close second are granny smiths, which make a really nice and tart tasting tarte tatin. So the kind of apple that you choose to make the tarte will have a significant impact on the flavor.
·        1/2 cup of vegan butter (one stick)
·         1 cup of sugar

Directions:
I would start with the crust, since it takes the most preparation. The butter, and flour should be put in the freezer for about 20 minutes first to get things nice and cool. I don’t know why things need to be cold when making the crust, but apparently it makes it nice and flaky! After the butter and flour have sat in the freezer for 20 minutes put everything in a food processor, and blend until the butter forms little balls. Once little balls have formed take your ice water and slowly drizzle it in while blending until the pastry comes together (you might not use all the ice water). Once the pastry comes together, form it into a ball and wrap it in saran wrap, and cool it in the refrigerator for about an hour.

paaasstry! Paaaaassstryyyyy! PAAASSSSTRYY!

Now for the sweet and tart filling! First, skin your apples (I like to save the skins because they are tasty ~(^_^~), and they make a good snack when you’re waiting for everything to cook!!). Then cut your apples into quarters, and pare away the core from each quarter. Now we’re ready for the caramel! Melt your stick of vegan butter in either an iron cast pan, a well built pie pan, or a tarte tatin pan on low heat until it is completely melted. Once the butter is all melted turn off the heat and pour your sugar into the pan and spread it evenly. Then place your apple quarters around the pan filling as much of the pan as you can (when you cook the contents the apples will shrink so having the pan over stuffed is ok).

Fresh apples ready for cooking! (~^_^)~

Turn the heat on high and let the mixture boil. Don’t worry if things seem like they are going to boil out of control or that you’re going to burn the caramel, everything will be alright! ~(^_^~). Let everything boil until the mixture starts to turn a golden brown or for about 12 minutes, whichever comes first. Then take the pan off the heat, and carefully flip each apple piece over. Then put the pan back on to the heat, and boil everything until it turns amber (this should take about 5 more minutes).

Apples sizzled to caramel greatness! ~(^_^~)

Preheat the oven to about 375 degrees. Then take the pan off the heat and let it cool, so we can turn our attention back to the pastry! Take the ball of pastry our of the fridge, and flatten it on a flat surface with your hands until it is about an inch thick (I would layer the bottom and the top with saran wrap since the dough tends to stick to counter tops, saran wrap will make it easy to move from the counter top to where ever you will need it next). Next take a rolling pin (or a rolling pin like object :^D) and roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch thick and the dough is about the diameter of your oven safe pan. Next place your freshly rolled dough (without the saran wrap if you used it!) on top of your oven safe pan covering the apples. If you can, tuck in the edges of the dough with a spoon or knife.

Place your tarte into the oven and let it bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for about 30 minutes. Now! For the fun part! Take a plate that you would like to serve your tarte tatin on and place it upside down onto the top of the your pan and quickly flip it over! Lift the pan and you should have an beautiful French upside down apple tarte!

Tarte tatin is awesome with a dollop of soy ice cream!

Now you can enjoy with a nice dollop of vanilla soy ice cream and a shot of espresso!

(~^_^)~ have tasty adventures!

1 comments:

Lovlie said...

Looks really delicious! I can almost smell it! I don't know why I've never attempted a tarte tatin. It's time I try making one, i've some some really ripe pears that are too ripe to eat at the moment.

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