Tarte tartin


Ingredients 17
Servings 8
Time

Ingredients

  • PASTRY
  • 150
    g
    butter, at room temperature
  • 165
    g
    sugar (soft brown gives a delicious caramel flavour)
  • 3
    egg yolks
  • 215
    g
    flour
  • 90
    g
    polenta
  • 2
    ml
    salt
  • APPLE FILLING
  • 12
    green apples
  • 65
    g
    unsalted butter, diced
  • a little grated nutmeg, ground cardamom, cloves or cinnamon
  • 135
    g
    castor sugar
  • CARAMEL
  • 75
    g
    castor sugar
  • 30
    g
    unsalted butter
  • TO SERVE
  • crème fraîche or whipped cream to which van der Hum has been added
 

Method

 
Preheat oven to 140 ºC. PASTRY: Cream butter and sugar together then add egg yolks, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Sift flour, polenta and salt into creamed mixture and beat until it comes together. Knead lightly on a floured board, adding more flour if necessary until dough is no longer sticky. Wrap pastry in plastic film and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Roll out and cut into circles slightly larger than tart tins. Peel, halve, core and slice apples into thick wedges and set aside in water to which a squeeze of lemon juice has been added. Divide sugar for caramel between eight 8 cm tartlet tins, if making individual tarte tartins, or sprinkle it on to the base of one 25 cm tart tin. Place tin over medium heat until sugar melts and turns a dark caramel colour. Remove from heat, stir in butter and let cool for a few minutes. Arrange apple wedges upright in tart tin, packing them tightly. Fill any gaps with diced apple. The apple should stand above rim. Dot apple with butter, sprinkle with castor sugar and spice of your choice. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven and drape pastry circle over top and tuck edges inside tart case. Return to oven for further 30 minutes. Invert a serving platter over baked tart, flip over and turn tart out. The pastry will now be on the bottom. Serve with whipped cream or crème fraîche. Makes 8 individual tartlets or 1 large tart.
 

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