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Tarte Tartin Secrets & Recipes


We all crave for tarts once in a while. Like brownies, tarts have an irreplaceable spot in the world of pastries and desserts. Who wouldn’t give in to this wonderful homemade caramel and walnut tart from Dello Mano? The base is not your typical pastry crust. It’s our luxury brownie base with a punch of espresso! Delicious.

Tart is a very popular baked dish consisting of a pastry base and a filling on top. It’s basically a pie without the pastry cover. The crust is usually shortcrust pastry and the filling can be sweet or savoury. Speaking of fillings, there are endless of choices, from custard to jams and the most common – caramelised or fresh fruits.

If you love tarts, for sure you also love tarte tatin – another magnificent creation in the world of baking! Tarte tatin is an upside-down pastry in which the fruit filling is caramelised in sugar and butter, producing a very aromatic and distinctly sweet flavour that matches perfectly with the pastry.

Like brownies, this wonderful pastry dish has a very interesting history. Research shows that it is a product of yet another kitchen mishap which happened somewhere in the 1880s, at Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France. The hotel was run by sisters Stéphanie and Caroline Tatin. The story goes that one day, Stephanie was feeling overworked and she forgot about the apples being cooked in sugar and butter that were supposed to be used as filling for her pie. She tried to rescue the dish by putting the pastry base on top of the pan of apples which have started to caramelise, and then put the whole pan in the oven. As a result, she created an upside down pie, which she never knew would eventually become a world-famous pastry dish.

Historians and gourmets, however, argue whether tarte tatin was completely a new creation or just an improved version of the ‘tarte solognotte’ – a traditional baked dish in Sologne region, which surrounds Lamotte-Beuvron. Research also suggests that even though Tarte Tatin became a specialty dish at Hotel Tatin, the sisters never wrote a cookbook or publish their recipe, and didn’t even call it ‘Tarte Tatin’. The recognition was bestowed upon them by a French author and epicure and the Parisian restaurant Maxim, which is believed to have copied the recipe (by sending over a spy who acted as gardener to Hotel Tatin) and made it a signature dish in their restaurant.

Making Tarte Tatin at Home

Unlike pies and tarts, it doesn’t matter if your pie crust is not that perfectly made, or crumbles as you put it on the plate. It even doesn’t matter if you flip the tart incorrectly. The beautiful, dripping caramelised sauce will surely cover all those little imperfections, and the taste of your Tarte Tatin remains fabulous, like a heaven-sent. Scoop some ice cream on top or tangy crème fraiche and serve while still warm.

RECIPE 1: Jamie Oliver

Here a famous Tarte Tatin recipe by Jamie Oliver, published in his book “Jamie Does Recipe”. According to him, this recipe gives you the basics so you’d be able to make your own tweaks and make Tarte Tatin using pears, quinces, peaches, apricots or a mixture of fruits.



RECIPE 2: Master Chef

Here’s another recipe for Apple Tarte Tartin presented in MasterChef Australia:



RECIPE 3: Eric Lanlard

Pear Tarte Tatin recipe

Pears make a delicious twist on traditional tarte tatin. So if you love pears and have plenty of it in your pantry, it’s time to make this wonderful pastry dish. The following recipe is from Eric Lanlard, a French pâtissier and celebrity chef who hosts the show Baking Mad.



True our Dello Mano  heart lies with brownies, however if you are looking for a break away from a chocolate gift this is a wonderful gift idea. Sticky and moreish, sweet and undeniably addictive. Indeed, Tarte Tatin is one of France’s sweetest mistakes!

Recipe acknowledgements to Jamie Oliver, Masterchef, Eric Lanlard

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