Caramelized Apple Tart
Everyday Food, September 2005
- Prep Time 30 minutes
- Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
- Serves 8
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- Pie Dough (http://www.marthastewart.com/283234/pie-dough), 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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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