Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin

Frozen puff pastry makes this accomplishing this delicious apple tarte tatin an easy task.

Tart with large pieces of baked apples on black plate
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
8 wedges


  • 1 14 ounce pkg. (1 sheet) frozen all-butter puff pastry, thawed*

  • 4 large Braeburn apples (2 lb.)

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unfold puff pastry onto a piece of parchment paper. (If you find a package that comes with two sheets, unfold both and place them on top of each other.) Roll pastry into an 11-inch square, then cut into an 11-inch circle. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until needed.

  2. Peel apples. Working from top to bottom, cut three slices from rounded sides of each apple. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle with sugar. Add a single layer of apple slices, cut sides down. Cut remaining slices into thirds and tuck around apples in skillet. Cook over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until liquid is bubbly and light golden. Cook over medium heat 4 minutes. Sprinkle with five-spice powder and salt. Turn apple slices rounded sides down; cook 1 minute more or until liquid is thickened and deep golden brown. Cool 10 minutes.

  3. Cover apples with pastry circle, tucking edges into skillet. Cut two slits in top of pastry. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until pastry is golden. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Quickly invert tart onto a platter.


If you can find it, all-butter puff pastry is worth the investment -- you'll really taste the difference, and it's a much "cleaner" product. Look for it at specialty supermarkets like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. However, this recipe will also work with any purchased frozen puff pastry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
22g Fat
42g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 274mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5.2mg 26%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 123mg 3%
Folate, total 3.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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