Apple Tarte Tatin


The beauty of a recipe that uses just pastry dough, butter, apples, and sugar to make the magic, is that no matter how yours comes out you'll enjoy it.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 10-inch tarte tatin


  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 3 large Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and quartered

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust (see footnote for recipe link)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Coat a 10-inch oven-proof skillet with butter. Sprinkle sugar evenly over the top of the butter.

  3. Place apple quarters, rounded sides down, on top of the butter and sugar in a circular pattern.

  4. Place skillet over medium-high heat and cook until butter melts and sugar dissolves and begins to caramelize. Continue to cook until apples soften and caramel begins to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat.

  5. Sprinkle work surface with flour and roll pie dough into an 11-inch circle. Pinch edge to create a ruffle around crust.

  6. Place crust on top of apples and tuck in edges around apples.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate over the top of the pan and carefully invert to release tarte from the pan. Scrape any remaining apples stuck to the pan back on top of crust.

    caramel-colored sliced apples on a flaky pastry crust, shown on a painted ceramic plate
    Chef John's Tarte Tatin. Tinaaa


Get the recipe for Chef John's Easy Homemade Pie Crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
16g Fat
53g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 198mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 139mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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