Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"
Apple Cake "Tatin"


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I made Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa's Apple "Tatin" Cake (recipe here on the FoodNetwork website). It's like the traditional Apple Tartine/Tartin/Tatin (seen all sorts of spellings) but substitutes cake for puff pastry.

Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin" Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"
I cut two medium-large gala apples and one small granny smith apple, and placed them into a glass 9 1/2" pie plate.

Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"
Sugar is caramelized and poured over the apples. Ina's instruction say to take it to 360 degrees (which seems really really high), but I judged it by smell and color instead. Carmel always makes the kitchen smell sooooo delicious.

Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin" Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"
The cake is a very basic and easy to make - flour, butter, sour cream, eggs and sugar. Meyer lemon zest and vanilla is also added.

Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"
This came together very quickly (I made it in the morning before work), and I baked it for 42 minutes. After removal from the oven, wait 15 minutes and then invert onto a serving tray.

Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"
This is great with apples! I'd also like to try it with pears...and stone fruits like apricots in the summer.

Barefoot Contessa's Apple Cake "Tatin"
I prefer cake to puff pastry, so I loved this apple cake "tatin". Another home run by Ina!
Recipe here.

P.S. Today, Sunday, Dec 21, fellow librarian Shannon is scheduled to deliver her little ladybug! Her first child is breech and never turned around (I think she liked having her head hit mom's ribs all the time ;) Best of luck and congratulations Shannon and Mike! I can't wait to meet your little girl! (Also so excited she'll be a Sagittarius like me too!)
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Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

congrats to shannon!

and what beautiful pictures :)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! I saw this episode just the other day and can't wait to make it as soon as I get a candy thermometer. I've failed at caramel too many times to try again without one.

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

another delicious cake :) I prefer cake to puff pastry too. and this is a feast of caramel yummy

Janssen said... [Reply to comment]

I've never made something like this, but it looks lovely and delicious!

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats to your friend!!! Hope everything went well and she is enjoying her little one!

The cake looks great, but those apples in the caramel...UGH!! Sign me up.

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

This sounds and looks amazing. I think I'd prefer the cake to the puff pastry version too!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This looks great! I love the combination of apples and caramel!

J.L. Danger said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my gosh! This looks so so so very good!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This looks amazing!!!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

That looks so good! Yum! Caramel and apples in can't go wrong!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

That looks so pretty! I love how fluffy the batter looks.

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

I prefer cake to puff pastry too, so I think I would love this. It is beautiful!

Julia from Dozen Flours said... [Reply to comment]

oh dear, does that just look delishy! I love the Contessa, although sometimes I'm worried that she's gonna have a heart attack right there on camera. Beautiful photos!

Y said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, that looks sooo delicious! Love the amount of caramelisation you got on the apples.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I agree with you, I like cake more than puff pastry. I've always wanted to make a tarte tartin so I will try this recipe.

Congratulations to Shannon! 9 pounds is really big!

Mandy said... [Reply to comment]

wow! The cake looks so luscious! I need to give it a try. ina's recipes never disappoint.

April said... [Reply to comment]

That looks so amazing! Absolutely beautiful. I'm going add this to my list of 'must-bakes'.

Tina said... [Reply to comment]

Inspiring. Have a crate of apple, will bake tartin! Thanks for sharing. :)

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