Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy 2nd anniversary TWD - Tarte Tatin


This week is the second anniversary of Tuesdays with Dorie - congratulations to our founder, Laurie, for starting the group and keeping it going. To celebrate, Laurie gives us the choice of making one (or both) of two recipes - one for Tarte Tatin, and one for a Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake. I have been a member of TWD since October 2008, so I wasn't there at the beginning, but Dorie's Baking - From My Home to Yours is already the most used cookbook that I own.


I am over cake at the moment, and have never made Tarte Tatin before, so that is what I made. For the base, I used home made puff pastry, left over from a Daring Bakers project, and I used Granny Smith apples.



I always wondered what the fuss was about making Tarte Tatin - why is it regarded as difficult? I found out when I flipped out my tart - all of my carefully laid concentric circles were laid to naught, as ALL of the fruit tipped off the tart when I flipped it over out of the oven. (For the uninitiated, you make tarte tatin with the fruit on the bottom, then flip it over once it is cooked so that the fruit is on top.) So if the apple pattern on top of my tart looks a little haphazard - it is.



That said, the tarte tatin tasted delicious - as it would with all of that sugar and butter. I have just returned from family holidays with a groaning stomach, so having now tasted a small slice of this tart, the rest is going to work so that other people can help me with it.



Happy New Year to all TWD members everywhere, and to all my readers!

28 comments:

Ivy said...

Tarte Tatin is one of the recipes I have bookmarked to make a long time ago but have not made it yet. Happy New Year to you and your family.

jillbert said...

The flipping was my least-favorite part of this! It looks like yours turned out great though. I hope your co-workers enjoy it!

Pamela said...

The flipping truly was a PITA. But, it was truly delicious!

Julia @Mélanger said...

How great is tarte tatin. One of my favourite desserts. That flipping always makes me nervous!

natalia said...

Ciao !! Flipping was not easy but the looks of your tart were not damaged it looks super !!

Happy cook said...

Happy Newyear. I love tarte tatin and this looks so so super yummy.

Emily said...

Oh man. I think this looks pretty incredible. Look how juicy the apples are! Excellent work.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ahh yes the notorious turning out of the tarte tatin! I must say that even with the pieces moving, it does look unmistakedly luscious :D

Johanna said...

happy new year - and happy 2nd TWD anniversary - you seem to be very regular with the TWD and get to make lots of interesting baking - I have never made a tart tatin but will remember how tricky it can be when I finally have a go

Trissa said...

It's great that your group Tuesdays with Dorie has gotten you to make things you've never made before! The tarte tatin looks delicious and congratulations on your second year anniversary!

Barbara said...

I've never tried a tarte tatin. Laughed when I read your comment about flipping. I just cross my fingers and hope everytime I flip anything!
Still, as long as it tasted great, who cares? It's only because we bloggers like our photos picture perfect. Doesn't always happen.

chocolatechic said...

I was so afraid that my apples would stick, but they didn't, as a matter of fact, I didn't have any trouble flipping it at all.

Even haphazard, your tarte looks wonderful.

Kayte said...

Looks very pretty and delicious. I made a half version...didn't trust myself with a whole one! We were so dessert-ed out for weeks that this week I made both recipes, but only half of each. Happy New Year!

Teanna said...

Hahaha I'm glad you are able to give share it with others! It is beautiful!

Susan said...

Looks good enough to eat to me! I made the cake instead...mistake. :)

Jennifer said...

Your tart looks amazing!

I'm so happy to have met you through TWD!

stef said...

I am so envious. I'm going through a bit of a pie thing right now but am way too nervous about trying tarte tatin for the flipping part.

Food.Baby said...

I was worried about the flipping too but luckily it worked. Your tarte looks lovely. Happy new year!

Jodie said...

Looks great! I'll have to make this, too, at some point!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm a terrible flipper. Quesdillas and pancakes always look goofy when I'm around--but this looks gorgeous!

Dee said...

Baking... is pretty amazing, isn't it? I haven't yet make her Tarte Tartin, but it's definitely been bookmarked... for when my jeans start to fit agai. Heheh.

Happy New Year!

s said...

never tried or eaten this...but must say it looks divine!

Anita said...

Happy New Year!!! I've never made Tarte tatin. It is on my list (a very very long list)

The Caked Crusader said...

Tarte tatin is one of those dishes that stays near the top of my "to bake" list without ever actually getting made!
Never mind about your lovely circles - it still looks beautiful

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I think your tarte tatin looks beautiful :) Even if the flipping didn't work out well I think it looks great...and I'm sure it tasted even better :)

Lauryn said...

I think your tarte looks beautiful! I would have never known that the apples didn't flip well. I thought this dessert was delicious!! Happy New Year!

Y said...

It looks fab! The flipping is always so tricky!

TeaLady said...

Looks just right to me. I think the flipping depends on how much the caramelization holds the apples together. It was fun to make.