I love a nice crispy buttery pastry. Thank goodness I live in the capital of pâtisserie land ! You are never far from a good boulangerie that serves a wide range of beautifully made treats of tasty pastry both savoury and sweet.
I like to make it at home however my dough making skills are laughable. I tried it twice before and it’s safe to say that this is not my speciality. So I buy ready made and cook really nice recipes the easy way. The safe way. The way that I know all will enjoy.
One of my favourite tarts to make is apple tart. Here is the simplest method of make the most moist aromatic and crispy base tart tatin. I have tried this method with not just apples but pears and it worked well. I must point out that you need a pan for this that doesn’t have a plastic handle, as the pan will go into the oven. A way to over come this is by leaving the oven door open so the handle doesn’t melt in the oven. This is not very safe if you have children. If like me you have a pan with a removable handle than this is THE perfect solution.
NOTE: I am cutting the apples into cubes so my children can eat it easily. You can slice the apples as thick as you want of cut them as you wish.
I am using some apples that have been in the fruit bowl for few days. I always try to use fruit and vegetables that are neglected because they don’t look ‘perfect’ and shiny, a few bruises and wrongly skin doesn’t mean you through it away (food that is!) cook with it, it will taste good, jut cut out the ‘damaged’ bit, reduce waste that way.
3 large apples
50 g butter
2 tablespoons of white sugar
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 ready made puff pastry
Step1- Peal and dice the apples.
Step 2- In a pan place the butter and sugar together and mix, then add the apples. Cook for few minutes on medium heat.
Step3- Add the spices and mix gently till the sugar becomes sticky trickle like constancy. Then remove the pan from the heat and remove the clove and cinnamon stick.
Step 4- Take the puff pastry out of the fridge and with a fork make some holes into the pastry.
Step 5- Cover the pan with the pastry making sure you tuck the pastry inside the pan. Then place in the oven 180C till the pastry is golden.
Step 6- Carefully take out the pan from the oven and turn the pan into a serving plate. Serve hot with cream, ice-cream or custard.