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Raymond Blanc’s tarte tatin

  • Serves 6
  • Takes 20 minutes to make and 1 hour 15 minutes to cook
  • Easy
Tarte tatin is a traditional French dessert and Raymond Blanc's recipe is divine – dark caramel, sweet apple and crisp pastry. Serve with crème fraîche or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 900g (around 6) Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and cut into quarters (you could also use Cox’s Orange Pippin or Adam’s Pearmain)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 60g unsalted butter, diced
  • 30g unsalted butter, melted
  • 300g all-butter puff pastry, rolled into a 24cm round (3mm thick), lightly pricked with a fork

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C/gas 6.
  2. Put the tarte tatin dish on the hob, and over a medium heat cook the sugar and diced butter to a brown caramel. The Emile Henry dish is ideal for making sure the caramel stays dark but doesn't burn.
  3. Arrange the apple quarters very tight, around the edges first, with the core facing up and towards the centre, then fill in the middle part of the mould the same way, press with your hands gently to ensure there are no gaps, and brush with melted butter.
  4. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and place the disc of puff pastry on top, tuck in the edges and, with a knife, prick a few holes in the top to allow some of the steam to escape during cooking.
  6. Cook in the oven for a further 40 – 45 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown and crisp.
  7. Allow to cool at room temperature for about 1 hour before de-moulding, apple-side up, on to the serving platter.
  • The best way to eat it is 1-2 hours after cooking, when it is still warm and the pastry is crisp.
  • You can cook the tart a day in advance, keep it in the mould and reheat it at 150°C for 20 minutes.
  • Special equipment needed: a 21cm tarte tatin dish (the ceramic Emile Henry Tarte Tatin dish from www.lakeland.co.uk is ideal for preventing the caramel from burning and de-moulding the tatin).

From September 2010

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