Delectable Tarte Tatin Recipes!

These luscious tarte tatin recipes are guaranteed to be a smashing hit! Classic French apple, pear, banana, pineapple… you'll love them all! And, they are easy to make!

Originally invented by the Tatin sisters at the beginning of the 20th century, it's no wonder that tarte tatin recipes have become a French classic… they're just so good!

Here's the classic apple tatin recipe, followed by some wonderful pear, banana, and pineapple variations… Enjoy!!!

Apple Tarte Tatin Recipe:

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: about 1 hour 20 minutes


1 1/2 lbs. Firm Apples
2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
3 oz. Butter (room temperature)
Butter for baking dish
A little Lemon Juice
Crust: I have included a wonderful crust recipe, at the end of the tatin instructions. However, if you don't want to make your own pie crust, just use a good pre-made one!

How to Make It:

Preheat oven to 400°F
1. Peel apples and lightly coat with lemon juice, so that they don't brown.
2. Put sugar and 3 tbsp. water in a pot and let caramelize.
How to caramelize? Let sugar melt into water on a very low flame. Once melted, turn up the flame a bit, don't stir, but tilt the pot and move it around from time to time. Once the syrup has a pale honey color, you can stop, it's caramelized. If you want a darker caramel, just be careful that you don't let it burn.
3. Add butter to caramel and stir until it melts. Take off heat and pour caramel into a buttered pie dish.
4. Cut apples into halves. Cut each half into three even pieces. Place apples in pie dish, so that they are squeezed tightly together. You want to do this step as quickly as possible, so that the caramel doesn't harden too much. If you want, you can begin slicing apples while you are making the caramel. Just be careful to check caramel, so that it doesn't burn.
5. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes. During this time you can prepare the crust, then roll it out so that it is a drop larger than your pie dish, and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. Even if you are using a pre-made crust, you still want to spread it out to the right size, and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
6. Take tatin out of oven, and let apples cool off a bit. Once cooled, place crust on top, tuck the edges into the dish, and bake for 30 minutes or until crust has browned.
7. Remove from oven and let cool. Then, place a serving dish on top of the tarte and carefully flip over, so that the apples are facing up.
8. Serve warm, with crème fraîche (or vanilla ice-cream) on the side.


You can make your tatin ahead of time, just make sure that you place it on a dish that can go back in the oven, so that you can warm it up right before serving. You can serve it cold, but it does lose some of its charm!

More Tarte Tatin Recipes…

Pear Tarte Tatin: Use the same apple tarte tatin recipe as above. Substitute the apples with pears. And, if you want to give it an origanal touch, use 3 1/2 oz. Honey instead of sugar.

Banana Tarte Tatin: Use the same apple tarte tatin recipe as above. Substitute apples with banana slices. New baking instructions: Refrigerate crust for 30 minutes before you start preparing the tarte. Put crust over uncooked bananas and caramel, and bake once, at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until the crust has browned.

Pineapple Tarte Tatin: Use the same apple tarte tatin recipe as above. Substitute apples with pineapple slices. Bake first for 20 minutes (375°F), then add crust on top, and continue baking for 30 minutes or until the crust has browned.

Serving Ideas:

Traditionally, tarte tatin recipes are served with crème fraîche on the side. If you cannot find crème fraîche, just add a little sugar to some sour cream. If you want, you can also serve with vanilla ice cream.

In terms of the serving dish, just make sure that it is large enough to flip the tarte easily. Certainly, this is one French dessert that looks even more impressive on a tiered dessert server. So, if you have one, you might want to use it.

You can also make individual sized tartes… it's really up to you!

Delicious Crust Recipe
For All Your Tarte Tatin Recipes…

This lovely crust is easy to make and will perfectly accompany all of your tatins! You can also use this recipe for any other tarte or pie that you like to make. It stays fresh in the freezer for 3 months (defrost overnight in fridge), so make larger quantities and save time later on!

Ingredients for 1 Crust:

11/3 cup Flour
2 Eggs
4 oz. Butter (chilled!)
1 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
Pinch of Salt

How to Make Crust:

1. Mix salt, sugar, and flour.
2. Cut chilled butter into small pieces and mix into flour with finger tips. Stop working batter once it looks like "sand".
3. Make a well and pour in eggs. Incorporate into flour using your fingers and a spatula.
4. Once homogenous, form a ball, place on a floured surface and knead for 10 seconds. Reshape into a ball, roll out with a rolling pin, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Again, if you don't feel like making your own crust, just use a good pre-made one!

In any case, I am sure that you will love these delicious tarte tatin recipes!!!

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