Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Happy 2nd anniversary TWD - Tarte Tatin
This week is the second anniversary of Tuesdays with Dorie - congratulations to our founder, Laurie, for starting the group and keeping it going. To celebrate, Laurie gives us the choice of making one (or both) of two recipes - one for Tarte Tatin, and one for a Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake. I have been a member of TWD since October 2008, so I wasn't there at the beginning, but Dorie's Baking - From My Home to Yours is already the most used cookbook that I own.
I am over cake at the moment, and have never made Tarte Tatin before, so that is what I made. For the base, I used home made puff pastry, left over from a Daring Bakers project, and I used Granny Smith apples.
I always wondered what the fuss was about making Tarte Tatin - why is it regarded as difficult? I found out when I flipped out my tart - all of my carefully laid concentric circles were laid to naught, as ALL of the fruit tipped off the tart when I flipped it over out of the oven. (For the uninitiated, you make tarte tatin with the fruit on the bottom, then flip it over once it is cooked so that the fruit is on top.) So if the apple pattern on top of my tart looks a little haphazard - it is.
That said, the tarte tatin tasted delicious - as it would with all of that sugar and butter. I have just returned from family holidays with a groaning stomach, so having now tasted a small slice of this tart, the rest is going to work so that other people can help me with it.
Happy New Year to all TWD members everywhere, and to all my readers!