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Vegan Tarte Tatin

A glossy, gorgeous vegan Tarte Tatin is exactly the kind of dessert to impress family, guests and yourself! This French pastry needs just four ingredients and it's easy as pie to make.

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting time4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French, French Vegan, nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Vaishali · Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes

Ingredients

For the pastry crust:

For the apple filling:

  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I use turbinado for all my baking, but you can use regular)
  • 5 apples (I used pink ladies, but any pie apple works here)

Instructions

Make the pie crust:

  • Place 1 1/4 cups of unbleached all purpose flour in a bowl. Mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Then cut in 8 tablespoons of very cold vegan butter into the flour.
  • Once the butter’s been incorporated into the flour, drizzle in very cold, iced water into the bowl slowly, mixing with your fork at the same time, until the dough comes together into a ball.
  • Lift it out of the bowl and into a sheet of cling wrap. Wrap it tight, and shape the dough into a disc by patting it with your fingers. Try not to handle the dough as much as possible because your body heat is not kind to a pie crust. You want those buttery pockets to stay intact, remember, so your crust gets flaky, not dense. Refrigerate the crust for at least 30 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a disc and put it in the refrigerator while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.

Make the apple filling:

  • Melt the vegan butter in a skillet (if you plan to bake the entire tart in a skillet, a 10-inch cast-iron skillet works best).
  • Once the butter’s melted, sprinkle one cup of sugar into the pan. Then add in five sliced apples. It may seem like a lot to begin with, but the apples will soften and settle down as they release their juices. At this stage I add in a small pinch of salt to help them do that.
  • Stir the apples gently into the butter, trying not to break them. Continue to cook the apples over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, turning them over gently every now and then, until the apples are softened and have released their juices. Turn off the heat.
  • When I’m using a cake tin, I butter the tin and line the bottom with parchment paper for extra insurance. You don’t have to use the parchment because the tarte tatin does slide out quite easily when it’s still quite warm, but do butter the pan.
  • Using tongs, lift out the apple slices and arrange them in circles around the pan, overlapping them slightly. You should have enough apples to make two layers. Pour the juice remaining in the saucepan evenly over the apples. If you’re going to continue baking in the skillet, you can just leave your apples free-form because arranging them into a pattern in a hot skillet will be tougher — you’ll have a more rustic-looking but still very pretty tart.

Assemble the tart:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Flour the countertop and roll out the pastry dough into a circle slightly larger than the diameter of your cake pan or skillet. Make sure you keep moving your dough as you roll, flouring the surface more if needed, so the dough doesn’t stick to the countertop. Once your dough is rolled out, if you want a more finished look, try and cut any rough edges away with a knife. I have two cake tins of the same size, so I use the other as a guide.
  • Gently lift your pastry dough (easiest way to do this is to fold it once, and then once more before lifting), and carefully place it on top of the apples. Unfold it and if it is slightly larger than the cake tin, just gently fold in the edges. If you’re doing this in your skillet be careful — the skillet’s hot and you don’t want to burn yourself!
  • Place the cake pan or the skillet in the oven and bake 35 minutes. The puff pastry should be a light gold when you remove the tart from the oven.Let the pan or skillet cool on a rack for 30 minutes. Then run a knife along the sides of the pan to loosen the tart and place a dish on top of the pan. In a quick motion, invert the pan — the tart should drop quite easily into the plate.
  • Remove the pan and the parchment, if it comes off with the tart. If any of the apple slices have gone askew, just rearrange them. Et voila.If you baked your tart in a skillet, be careful when you invert the tart because the skillet is still quite warm. Use oven mitts when doing this.
  • Let the tart cool thoroughly before serving.

Notes

  • Serve the tart with a dollop of vegan vanilla ice cream or vegan whipped cream. 

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 576IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg