Tarte Tatin is a crowd pleaser that always brings a certain “wow” factor to the table. Refined and elegant, this classic dessert features apples draped in caramel perched upon a pastry crust. What people don’t know is how easy Tarte Tatin is so make, especially considering its stunning appearance. First, caramelized sugar is poured into the bottom of the pan, then apples are placed on top. Next, the whole thing is capped with pastry and then goes straight into the oven. Done! For a simple version, the apples can be halved and placed in the baking dish. For a fancier presentation, slice the apples and shingle them into the bottom of the pan.
Chef Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh, North Carolina adds a sprinkle of rosemary to the apples, bringing a note of evergreen that’s perfectly fitting for this time of year. For the final decadent touch, he finishes the dish with a Honey-Black Pepper Ice Cream.