Thanksgiving is right around the corner… I can’t wait! Yesterday, I had a pre-Thanksgiving party (Friendsgiving). It is always fun getting together with friends or family. The party was a potluck style meal, everyone bringing one thing or another. My contribution was homemade vanilla ice cream and an an Apple Tatin. I originally thought of a classic apple pie, but went with something a little less traditional. I had first had this dessert at a family dinner, and I thought it was so delicious. This dessert is easy to make and as I said, delicious! Essentially it is an upside down apple tart. The ingredients: pastry dough, apples, sugar and butter. My favorite part is making the crust, homemade of course!
For this recipe, I used an iron cast skillet.
- 1 sheet pie crust. I like to use Ina Garten’s recipe. (You can also use puff pastry).
- 5 big apples
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 390F.
Peel, core and quarter the apples. The apples should pieces should be relatively large, as they will shrink during the cooking process. Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, turn the heat off and add the sugar. Whisk until the sugar is fully incorporated. Add the apples flat-side down. The apples need to be very close to each other. Return the skillet to medium heat and let it cook for 10 minutes with the lid on.
After 10 minutes, the apples will be pretty well cooked. Remove the skillet from the heat. Lay the pie crust over the skillet and over the apples, and fold the corners in to fit into the pan. Pinch off the extra crust with a knife.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let it rest for a few minutes and then turn it over onto a round serving plate. To do this, place the plate over the skillet, then very quickly and very carefully, in one motion, turn the skillet over onto the plate. Slowly lift off the pan and voila!
Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!