French Apple Tarte Tatin recipe

Discover with me this delicious recipe of the famous French Apple Tarte Tatin. 

This emblematic tart is simply bake upside down with the apple on the bottom to caramelize them, and the pie crust on the top! Then, it’s just flip on a plate before serving. 

Created after a mistake from the Tatin sisters, find here her history and, of course, the recipe.


6 person (⌀ 20cm plate)

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About this Recipe

This delicious recipe comes from the sisters Tatin who run a restaurant in Lamotte-Beuvron during the 19th century.

Their specialty was the apple tart. During a really busy lunchtime at the restaurant, one of the sisters put the tart in the oven and forget to put the pie crust inside. As the apple already started to caramelize, she decided to place the pie crust on the top of the apples to rectify her mistake.

Then, when the tart was ready, she just flipped it on a plate to served it to her customers.

Here is the story of this delicious and famous Apple Tarte Tatin !


Pie crust

  • 125g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) of flour
  • 62g (4 tbsp) of butter
  • 42g (3 tbsp) of egg

Caramelized apples

  • 125g (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) of sugar
  • 25g (2 tbsp) of butter
  • 4 apples 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Start by making your pie crust. Place directly on your worktop the flour and the cold butter in pieces. Mix your hands until you obtain a kind of sand texture. 

Then, create a hole in the middle, and pour inside the whisk egg. Mix with your hands until you form your dough. 

Place it aside in some plastic for around 30min, the time you’re preparing the apples. 

Step 2

Peel your apples and take off the hearts.

Slice them in quarters and place them aside.

Step 3

In a sauce pan, pour your sugar and the butter. Place it on low it until it starts to create a caramel. 

Then, place inside your apples slices and let them cook for around 10min. We want them soft with a nice caramel color.  

Step 4

Preheat your oven at 180°C (356°F). Take your cake pan and line the bottom part with baking paper. 

Take your caramelized apples and start to place them nicely in the cake pan. At the end, pour some caramel on the top of them.

Then, place your cake pan aside the time to spread your pie crust in a regular surface. 

Step 5

When your pie crust is ready, prick the dough and place it on the top of the apples. Press a little bit on the borders. 

Bake in your oven preheated for approximately 35min. 

Tasting tip

Flip your tart on a nice plate and taste just a little warm. 

With a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the top, this dessert is just heaven!

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