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Am I the only one who didn’t know what a Tatin is? Well, I do now, and you’re about to as well. It’s one of the most simple and most yummy thing you’ll ever make. And this is coming from a gal who doesn’t really cook. I attempt to, I just don’t really know what I’m doing. Anyway, my bestie is French and on my last visit with her we made this super easy apple Tatin. Well, she made it and I snapped pics and taste tested while sipping wine.

A Tatin is an upside-down pastry in which the fruit, typically apples, are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. According to Wikipedia, (because it’s always accurate #amiright) the tarte Tatin was created accidentally at the Hotel Tatin in a French town south of Paris in the 1880s. 

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Easy Apple Tatin


  • 4 yellow/golden apples, peeled, sliced in half and cored.
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Pie crust


Preheat oven to 375. In a pan mix butter, sugar and the juice from half of a lemon over medium heat. Heat until bubbly. The mixture will start to caramelize. Place the vanilla bean and arrange the apples (cut side up) in the pan. Remove from heat and carefully place the prepared pie crust over the apples. Loosely tuck the edges of the pie crust into the pan, leaving room for steam to escape. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Remove and carefully place a large platter over the top of the saucepan and flip the Tatin upside down and onto the platter. Remove saucepan from top and viola!

Quick note: Use a pan that you know is oven safe, since you’re putting this baby right from the stovetop into the oven. FYI, my favorite French cookware company Le Creuset makes a Tatin dish! Becuase, well, duh.

apple tatin recipe

Apparently, you must use these golden apples. img_1651 img_1650 caramelize-suger-and-butter img_1653

This is what the mixture will look like when it’s time to add the apples and remove from heat. vanilla bean

Add a vanilla bean to pan, then arrange apples on top. img_1655 img_1659 img_1661 img_1662

Loosely fit pie crust over top of apples. img_1663

img_1665-1Sprinkle top of crust with cinnamon. Bake, flip upside down and enjoy!
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There ya have it, a super easy apple Tatin! Easy enough, even I can do it! Let me know if you try it out!

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