Friday, 18 January 2013

A Winter Tarte Tatin

This morning I woke up and  there was snow everywhere! After calling my boss and deciding it was too dangerous to drive I had to decide what to do with my day, and of course baking came to mind. I thought about baking this at christmas, but ran out of time and as it is lovely and snowy I wanted to bake my winter tarte tatin. Yum!

  • 200g of plain flour
  • 200g of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • a pinch of sugar
  • Ice cold water (I did think of using snow, but there are a few cats around my neighborhood so I quickly ruled it out)
  • 75g of butter
  • 75g of caster sugar
  • 4 apples
  • Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon 
  1. Put the plain flour on a clean surface, make a well in the centre and tip the cold cubed butter and the salt into it.
  2. Now using one hand, scrunch the butter into the flour and keep doing this until most of the butter is Incorporated yet there are still some visible flakes.
  3. Add in the ice cold water (enough to bring the pastry together).
  4. Now roll out the pastry into a long rectangle.
  5. Fold the pastry into three and give it a quarter turn. This is the first turn, now roll it out once again and fold into three. Wrap the pastry in cling film and rest for half an hour.
  6. Now do this again (turn it twice) and let it rest for another half an hour.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 180c.
  8. Meanwhile, peel and slice the apples and cover them with lemon juice so they don't brown.
  9. Melt the butter and sugar in a pan together over a medium heat (do not stir it). This will take about 5-10 minutes until it becomes an amber colour. Take it off the heat.
  10. Now lay the apples, cranberries and raisins over the caramel and sprinkle the cinnamon over the top. 
  11. Roll out the pastry to just over the shape of the pan, lay it on top then tuck the edges round the side to stop the caramel from escaping.
  12. Cook for 25 minutes. 
  13. Once the pastry has cooked get a large plate, turn out the tarte (minding the caramel doesn't burn you).
  14. And serve with cream or ice cream... yummers!

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