Chai-Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin

Chai-Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin

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Recipe Notes: I love making tarte tatin with anything – onions, tomatoes, pears, you name it, but one of my favorites is still the classic apple version. The basic recipe I used here comes from the New York Times but I added chai spices for extra fall flavor. (I made a mix of cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom and black pepper). Serve the tart by itself or with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 


Chai-Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin

(by Nicole Branan/Adapted from The New York Times)


  • 6 - 8 large Granny Smith apples
  • 6 tablespoons butter, very soft
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed


  • Peel and core the apples, then cut them into eights. Set aside.
  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Spread the butter into a 10-inch cast iron pan.
  • Sprinkle the sugar on top of the butter.
  • Lay the apple slices into the pan in a spiral pattern, make sure to overlap them well because they will shrink during baking.
  • Mix all the spices together and sprinkle them over the apples.
  • Roll the puff pastry sheet out to get rid of the seams, then cut it into a circle that is slightly larger than the pan.
  • Drape the pastry over the apples and, using a knife, tuck it in around the edge.
  • Set the pan on the stovetop and cook the apples on medium heat until you can see that the butter and sugar have formed a bubbling caramel sauce (about 10 minutes).
  • Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the puff pastry is golden-brown, about 45 minutes. 
  • Take the pan out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then very carefully turn the tart out onto a large plate. (Be careful, there is a lot of very hot syrup in the pan!)
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or by itself.


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