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Easy Tarte Tatin

Ingredients
Serves:
1/4 pound
(1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup s
sugar
10
Golden Delicious apples
2 tablespoon s
lemon juice
1
9-inch circle pre-baked puff pastry
Vanilla ice cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  
  2. In a 9-inch ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar and cook, stirring continuously, until it turns light golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside.  
  3. In a 9-inch ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar and cook, stirring continuously, until it turns light golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside.  
  4. Peel, core, and quarter the apples. In a nonreactive bowl, toss together the apples and lemon juice. Arrange the apple quarters, rounded sides down, in the pan in a flowerlike pattern, filling in the gaps with more apples placed curved side up. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup sugar over the apples. Cook over medium heat until the apples start to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the apples are tender, 20 to 30 minutes more. Remove the pan from the heat and let the apples cool to room temperature.  
  5. Before serving, preheat the broiler or ready a cook's propane torch. Return the pan to medium heat, just until the caramel softens enough for the apples to loosen. Remove the pan from the heat and top the apples with the pre-baked pastry. Invert a round heatproof serving platter over the pastry and, carefully holding the skillet and the platter together, invert them; then, lift off the skillet to unmold the tart onto the platter. If any apples stick to the skillet or become dislodged, replace them on the tart. Sprinkle the top with the remaining sugar and caramelize it briefly under the broiler or with the propane torch. Cut the tart into wedges and serve with vanilla ice cream.

 Serves 6 to 8

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About this Recipe

Preparing the caramel and pastry separately, and using store-bought frozen puff pastry if you don't have the time to prepare it yourself, makes this version of the classic French apple tart extra easy. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the frozen puff pastry box to cut out and bake it.

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