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French Food Friday...Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

The last couple of days have been a bit chilly so I can think of nothing nicer than a piece of tarte tatin accompanied by a scoop or vanilla ice-cream.

I love spiced apple and this has a nice mix of spices which I feel give it a nice kick.

Serves:  6
Preparation time:  25 minutes
Cooking time:  35 minutes

You will need
2kg apples 

Juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons 

125g unsalted butter, slightly softened 

125g caster sugar 

20 cloves, crushed 

1 nutmeg, finely grated 

200g puff pastry

1. Smear the butter over the base and sides of a cold pan and sprinkle over the sugar. Give the pan a shake to even it out, then sprinkle over the cloves and nutmeg.
2. Roll out the puff pastry into a disc, about two centimetres wider than the rim of the pan, and leave to rest in the fridge on greaseproof paper.
3. In a bowl, roll the apple halves in the lemon juice and two tablespoons of water. Shake off any excess juice, and arrange the pieces in the pan, standing on their sides, in concentric circles, embedding them into the mix. Pack the apples in tightly and put the pan on a fierce heat.
4. Move the pan around on the flame until a deep, rich caramel colour has developed evenly. This process can take 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the pan and heat.
5. Leave the pan to cool, and drop the disc of pastry on to the apples, allowing the edge to hang over the sides of the pan. Place the pan in a pre-heated oven (220°C, 425°F, gas mark 7) and bake for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is nicely risen. Remove from the oven and rest for a minute. Turn out onto an inverted plate to find a perfect golden circle of apples. Serve warm, with a bit of double cream or vanilla ice cream.
bon vendredi à tous, Leeann x


  1. I have not yet baked with apples. This looks so good!!

  2. This is a lovely variation. How difficult is it to get the apples to stay on their sides ??

    1. It really depends on how round the apples are but you can cut a little off the edge to make them flat :-)

      Hope that you are enjoying the lovely sunshine :-)

      amicalement, Leeann x


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