This contemporary take on beef Wellington reimagines pastry-wrapped tenderloin as a tart, showcasing flavors both comforting and complex. Crisp, buttery puff pastry forms the foundation; foie gras enriches the sauce.
The lady apple, which resembles a scaled-down version of a McIntosh or Cortland, was valued during the Colonial era as a decorative element of wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees. But the tart, sweet flavor also makes the lady apple an ideal ingredient in this recipe for individual caramelized upside-down tarte Tatins.
Roll, turn, chill, repeat. Making your own puff pastry requires a bit of a time commitment, but the actual steps are quite simple, and the results -- 729 tender, flaky layers in each bite -- are more than worth the effort.
Be prepared to be wowed when you take your Pithiviers out of the oven: From the golden-brown sheen of its decorative top to the intoxicating almond aroma emanating from its frangipane center -- this cake just might become your new favorite.