This is my kind of apple pie: no rolling, no fussing, no pastry making, and shockingly few dishes to clean up afterward. I always find the bottom crust on apple pie disappointingly mushy anyway, so eliminating it seems like an inspired solution. The trade-off is that when you serve it, it doesn’t hold together so well, but who cares; it isn’t going to last that long anyway. Essentially, this is a tarte Tatin that you don’t flip (so you don’t have to be too worried about what your apple slices look like underneath)—although you can flip it if you want. A lot of tarte Tatin recipes call for puff pastry, but I find that the pastry gets too soggy and condensed once flipped; with this one, the pastry stays high and puffy and crisp and crackly. Named in honor of the Belgian boy reporter who was forever getting flipped when he didn’t want to be.
Makes 8 servings
With so few ingredients, the apples really need to carry this. Tarte Tatin is Calville Blanc’s whole raison d’être, but any firm, tart apple will do, and a mix is even better. GoldRush is fantastic, as are Esopus Spitzenberg, Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russet, Newtown Pippin, Winesap, Mutsu, and Granny Smith.
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter 1 cup sugar 6–8 large apples, cored, halved, and sliced 1 14-ounce package puff pastry
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Melt the butter in a 9- or 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the sugar and cook, stirring regularly, until the caramel turns golden, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the apples and cook, stirring frequently, until they have absorbed the caramel and everything has turned dark amber, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off the heat.
4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry and nestle it over the apples in the cast-iron skillet, tucking it down around the sides if possible.
5. Bake about 25 minutes, until the top has turned brown and puffy. Let cool completely, so the insides can gel, before serving.
(* Recipe excerpted from Apples of Uncommon Character, 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little Known Wonders - Bloomsbury, September 2014- by Rowan Jacobsen with photographs by Clare Barboza)
"There are thousands of apple varieties in North America, but only a few are offered in grocery stores. In Apples of Uncommon Character, James Beard Award-winner Rowan Jacobsen takes readers beyond the Red Delicious and Granny Smiths of the world, offering a look at 123 varieties of this most “uncommon” fruit. Part-cookbook, part-scientific study, Jacobsen’s book explores these apples — from the D’Arcy Spice to the Hidden Rose — giving historical anecdotes, descriptive characteristics, and popular recipe ideas. He’ll be joined by Clare Barboza — the documentary food photographer behind the book’s stunning imagery — and journalist Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters. Jacobsen is also the author of A Geography of Oysters."
Presented by: Town Hall, Book Larder, and the Northwest Cider Association, as part of Washington Cider Week and Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Tickets: $5.
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Furze Chan shares a few photos of objects featured in the book on Ferse Verse...
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