Welcome to our second thanksgiving related posts! Today we will be satisfying your sweet tooth with French-Style Apple Tart (Tarte Tatin) by Tasty. We wanted to make a rich dessert that was a bit more nontraditional (such as pumpkin or pecan pie) and had minimal amount of ingredients. When we found this tart recipe on Tasty, we really wanted to incorporate it in our Thanksgiving dinner menu. Below are the ingredients and directions from Tasty with our own modifications:
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
3 pounds ( roughly 1.5 kg) apple, preferably Honeycrisp or Granny Smith
3 tablespoons water
½ cup sugar
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- (optional) vanilla ice cream
- Using a 9-inch (23 cm) flat-sided cake pan as a template, cut a circle out from the puff pastry. Using a fork, poke holes all over to provide ventilation. Set aside.
- Peel and quarter the apples, using a spoon or melon baller to remove the cores.
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, distribute the water and sugar evenly and cook until light amber in color, stirring to help melt any lumps, 5-7 minutes. Add the coconut oil, stirring constantly until the color is a creamy light brown.
- Add the apples, stirring until they are coated in a thick layer of caramel, and then add vanilla extract.
- Cook for about 15-20 minutes, turning the apples constantly so that they bathe in the caramel and vanilla extract. Remove from the heat when the caramel has reduced and little remains in the bottom of the pan. Be careful not to burn the caramel, tasting it from time to time to ensure it does not taste bitter.
- Arrange the apple slices in concentric circles on the bottom of the cake pan. Press the apples tightly against each other, then pour the remaining caramel over the top.
- Lay the circle of puff pastry on top. Tuck the puff pastry down the sides of the pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and firm. Cool for about 1 hour, then invert onto a plate.
- Slice and serve (optional: add a bit of vanilla ice cream on top)!