Bourbon Caramel Apple Tarte Tatin
The French know how to treat apples. This is very simple, easy dessert when using pre-made, frozen puff pastry. The results however are very impressive.
6-8 Organic apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Quality frozen puff pastry (1 standard package is enough to cover a 10″ pan)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Prepare the apples
We use organic apples and like to leave the skin on for flavor and texture, however most people prefer to peel the apples.
Tip: if you have a melon baller, cut apples in half and use baller to cut out a ball at center to remove seeds very easily and quickly.
Cut each half in another half and set aside.
Make the caramel
Add sugar to a 10″ pan. Heat on medium high, untouched until sugar melts and caramelizes (changes in color)
As soon as the sugar changes color, take off the heat, add butter. Stir to melt.
Place back on medium heat, add bourbon (if using), vanilla and salt.
The caramel may seize, just keep stirring.
Toss the apples into the caramel and cook over medium heat gently turning apples for about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat.
To arrange the apples, remove them all from the pan into a bowl with the caramel, and place them back in the dish in a circular/fan pattern.
Preheat the oven to 425
Roll out the puff pastry to match the size and shape of the pan and to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut the puff pastry into a circle to match the size of the pan.
Cover the apples with the puff pastry, gently tucking in the perimeter of the pastry around the outside of the apples.
Bake the tart for 20-25 minutes until browned and puffed up. You want to ensure there is no dense / uncooked pastry.
Let cool for 10 minutes before serving warm.
Just before serving, place your serving plate over the pan and invert the tart onto the serving plate to display the beautifully browned apples.
This recipe can be used for loads of fruits from pears to pineapple to stone fruits and berries. A bit of lemon juice added with the fruit to the caramel works well to balance sweetness with extra sweet fruits.