Tarte tatin

Dark and sticky caramel, sweet apples and crisp pastry combine to make this heavenly French dessert, and with Raymond Blanc's recipe you can make it to perfection every time

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 15 mins
    plus 1 hr cooling
  • Serves 6
  • A challenge

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 444
  • fat 24g
  • saturates 13g
  • carbs 51g
  • sugars 34g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 0.4g


  • 300g all-butter puff pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 6 dessert apples (about 900g/2lb), such as Braeburn, Cox’s Orange Pippin or Adam’s Pearmain
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 85g unsalted butter (60g/2¼oz chilled and diced, 25g/1oz melted)
  • crème fraîche (full-fat please!) or high-quality vanilla ice cream, to serve


Get ahead

For best results, cook a day or two ahead and keep in its pan or dish in the fridge, then reheat in the oven for 20 mins at 150C/130C fan/gas 2 an hour before serving. Turn out to serve as above.

Ingredient swap

Other fruits such as mango, quince and pears can be used for this dish, but apples are my favourite.


  1. Roll the pastry to a 3mm-thick round on a lightly floured surface and cut a 24cm circle, using a plate as a guide. Lightly prick all over with a fork, wrap in cling film on a baking sheet and freeze while preparing the apples.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Peel, quarter and core the apples. Put the sugar in a flameproof 20cm ceramic Tatin dish or a 20cm ovenproof heavy-based frying pan and place over a medium-high heat. Cook the sugar for 5-7 mins to a dark amber caramel syrup that’s starting to smoke, then turn off the heat and stir in the 60g diced chilled butter.

  3. To assemble the Tarte Tatin, arrange the apple quarters very tightly in a circle around the edge of the dish first, rounded-side down, then fill in the middle in a similar fashion. Gently press with your hands to ensure there are no gaps. Brush the fruit with the melted butter.

  4. Bake in the oven for 30 mins, then remove and place the disc of frozen puff pastry on top – it will quickly defrost. Tuck the edges down the inside of the dish and, with a knife, prick a few holes in the pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake for a further 40-45 mins until the pastry is golden brown and crisp.

  5. Allow to cool to room temperature for 1 hr before running a knife around the edge of the dish and inverting it onto a large serving plate that is deep enough to contain the juices. Serve with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

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