Friday, March 10, 2017
Manu Fidel's Tart Tatin
When the ladies at the Muslimah Bloggers group , on Facebook ,announced that this month's challenge for us was to cook something which we had kept scrapbooked , the first recipe that came into my mind was this tart tatin recipe by Chef Manu fidel which I had kept filed to try someday. I started scrap booking recipes when I was studying in Karachi, Pakistan.
When I moved to Malaysia where hubby went for his studies, I always bought food magazines and after sometime I had a pile of magazines and my little guy was busy ripping through them. So I cut the recipes and filed them in those clear holder files. At first it was just one now it has become two, one for mains and snacks and one for desert . One of my Favorite magazines is the Australian Women's Weekly Magazine. and Flavours Magazine.
Anyway this tart tatin recipe has been filed for sometime. I have tried a couple of other tart tin recipes, and with disastrous results. The best thing about this recipe was that he didnt use puff pastry but a home made short crust pastry. I used two kinds of apples, granny smiths and a red apple (forgot the name of it).
Recipe : Slightly adapted recipe of Manu Fidel's Tart tatin recipe (tart tatin de Maman) from Australian Women's Weekly Magazine March 2011 issue.
Short crust Pastry
250g plain flour
pinch of salt( I used tablesalt)
1 egg yolk
125g butter ( slightly softened)
about 50 ml cold water
4 apples ( I used a mix of apples), peeled and halved and cored
100g caster or regular sugar
( the recipe asked for vanilla bean , I didnt have any so didnt use any )
First prepare the pastry, Sift flour into a bowl, with salt . Rub in the butter rill rough breadcrumbs and then make well in the centre and add the egg, and a few tablespoons of cold water. Mix till it comes together. Add more water if it looks too dry , it should be a just coming together , not a completely smooth but still a nice soft ball. Flatten it a little wrap in cling film and place in fridge for 30 mins to 1 hr.
I didnt have an oven proof frying pan that was big enough to fit the said amount of pastry and apples so I used a 8" baking tray. Add the sugar into the baking tray and place it over a medium high heat. Keep an eye on it, so the sugar doesnt burn. By now the apples should be prepped and ready .
Preheat oven to Gas mark 180 degree C.
Once the sugar has turned a dark golden brown, add the butter quickly ( Manu added half the butter and the rest later) and swirl a bit to mix. Remove from heat.
Place the apple halves , cut side up in the pan, fill the edges with small bits of apples so there are just about covered the whole pan.
Put the pan back on heat and and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Roll the pastry between two sheets of baking paper, Place carefully over the apples, using the end of a spoon tuck in the ends between the apples and pan. Be careful not to touch the pan as the caramel will be very very hot!.
Place the baking pan in the oven ( middle shelf) , bake for 30-45 minutes till the caramel is bubbling and the pastry is cooked and golden.
Remove the baking pan, and let it rest for an hour. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pastry and place a large serving plate on top ( becareful as its still hot inside). Holding the plate on top of the baking pan turn it over carefully but quickly . According to Manu, you have to wait for it to cook 1 hr before turning it as the apples will stick to the bottom and you will end up with half on the pan and half on the pastry.
Serve tart tatin with vanilla ice cream or custard.
Ps I later discovered this recipe on you tube, can check it out here. Make sure you visit the rest of the links below for more amazing recipes by the other ladies of Muslimah Bloggers.