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Caramelized Apple Tart


This rustic tart takes its inspiration from the French tarte tatin. Use our Pie Dough recipe for the crust.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, September 2005


  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • Pie Dough for Caramelized Apple Tart, or 1 unbaked store-bought refrigerated pie crust (7 1/2 ounces)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 (about 2 3/4 pounds) Rome Beauty or McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and each cut into 8 wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll out pie dough to a 1/8-inch thickness (or unfold store-bought dough). Invert a 9-inch plate on top of dough; trim dough around plate with a sharp paring knife to form a round (discard scraps, or save for another use). Refrigerate until needed.

  2. Assemble the tart in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Press softened butter evenly into the bottom of the skillet, then sprinkle with the sugar. Arrange apple wedges in a circle around edge, then fill in the center with remaining wedges. Place skillet over medium heat, and cook until sugar mixture is light amber in color and bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes (syrup might brown unevenly).

  3. Transfer to oven; cook until apples have softened, about 30 minutes. Carefully place dough round on top; bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

  4. Let cool, about 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of skillet; invert tart onto a serving platter. Replace any apples that may have stuck to bottom of skillet; drizzle with any remaining pan juices. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • suzannemanns
    30 SEP, 2010
    Since you start this version of the Tart Tatin on the stove you might have trouble using anything but a skillet. And, what ever skillet you use must be able to take the heat of your oven. No plastic handles etc.
  • peggyl96
    12 OCT, 2009
    My the sauce burned in the pan so there was no flipping of the tart. What did I do wrong?
  • beachesandwaves
    19 OCT, 2008
    Can you use a tart pan or pie plate if you don't own a cast iron skillet?
  • summerwind
    5 JUL, 2008
    This is a family favorite and it's sooo easy! If you don't like to bake you can still WOW them!!!! Try it with peaches for a more summery dessert.