Tarte Tatin Recipe

Cooking in Language: Tarte Tatin Recipe

June 10, 2015

Cooking is a great way to learn about different cultures. Below is a recipe for Tarte Tatin, a French dish that is similar to apple pie, but with one crucial difference—it is upside down! Legend has it that this dish was actually a mistake. One day, the Tatin sisters nearly burned some apples in the pan and, to save them, placed the pastry on top. They then flipped the dish over and served it to their guests warm. Whatever the story, the dish was a success, and it has become a popular dessert in France.

Tarte Tatin Recipe in French:

  • 100 g de sucre
  • 50 g de beurre
  • 1 kg de pommes, coupés en gros dés
  • 1 pâte brisée

Déposer le beurre en dés dans une casserole, puis verser par dessus le sucre. Laisser cuire à feu doux pendant 5 minutes sans mélanger--le caramel se fait tout seul. Déposer le caramel sur le fond d'un plat à tarte.

Ajouter les pommes, puis recouvrir de la pâte brisée. Enfourner pendant 25 minutes au four à 210°C (thermostat 7). Servir tiède avec une boule de glace vanille.

Cette recette est pour 6 personnes.

Tarte Tatin Recipe in English:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (half a stick)
  • 6 yellow apples
  • 1 package premade pastry dough

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a pan, add butter, sugar and a little water. Cook over low heat for five minutes without mixing. Pour the caramel into the bottom of a pie dish.

Add the apples, then cover with pastry dough. Trim the excess dough. Bake for 25 minutes at 375°F.  Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Recipe serves 6 people.

Bon appetite!

Barbara Sicot
A native French speaker, Barbara Sicot has been a member of the French faculty at Middlebury College's Language Schools for 16 years and now brings her expertise in world language curriculum development to Middlebury Interactive. She is an avid cook (madeleines and flamiche are her specialties!), passionate about teaching and, once-upon-a-time, was admitted to the Paris Ballet opera.
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