TWD Celebrates Two Years with Tarte Tatin

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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This week marks the second anniversary of of Tuesdays with Dorie.  Amazing, huh?  Who’d have thought that when our founder and fearless leader, Laurie, began this little project two years ago it would take off like a runaway train?  Over three hundred members strong, TWD has become one of the most popular (and populated) baking groups on the web!  Even Dorie, herself, has gotten into the act, graciously lending her support and generously giving much-welcomed advice and tips. (I almost fainted the few times she actually commented on my posts!)

American by birth and French in spirit, Dorie Greenspan divides her time between her homes in New York and Connecticut and her flat in Paris. She has written nine cookbooks, (two with Pierre Herme), and won five James Beard and IACP awards for them, including Cookbook of the Year.   I have spent many an hour drooling over her pastries, tartes and brulées.   She is fabulousness personified!  Baking my way through her Baking: From My Home To Yours has been a delicious journey. 

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For this auspicious occasion, I couldn’t think of a more fitting treat to bake than Dorie’s Tarte Tatin.  It is a quintessential classic French dessert.  Think of it as a cross between an apple pie and a cobbler. A marvelously French apple pie and cobbler, that is.  To make it, sweet, juicy apples are cooked on the stove in lots of butter and sugar until they are hopelessly caramelized.  After that, they are blanketed in pâte feuilletée, (puff pastry), and baked to ooey, gooey perfection.  Then, the whole thing is flipped with a flourish (ooh la la!) and plated upside down. The result is a light, flaky crust crowned with a mound of très délicieux apple-caramel heaven!  C’est magnifique!

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The thought of making tarte tatin tends to inspire fear in many, myself included.  For me, it was that whole caramelizing the apples part.  I have almost burned my house down more than once while cooking sugar! (Just ask my local fire department. They know.)   However, after completing this recipe, I was surprised by how easy it was.  Yes, there was some nail biting as I waited for my butter/sugar bath to turn the desired color, which by the way, took twice as long as Dorie estimated it would.  And, I can’t deny that my heart skipped a little beat as I flipped my screaming hot tarte onto its final resting place.  But really, it was no big deal.  I would make this tarte tatin again in a heartbeat – and I intend to!  I think out of all of the TWD recipes I’ve made thus far, this is one of my all time favorites.

I want to send great, big, giant hug to Laurie for not only starting TWD, but for all she does behind the scenes to keep it going.  It’s a lot of work!  I’d also like to thank Dorie for giving us such a beautiful, comprehensive and well-written baking bible to work from.  And last but not least, I want to thank my fellow TWDers for inspiring me every day.

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If you’d like to try your hand at making Tarte Tatin, you can find the recipe here on NPR.  And, if you’d like to see hundreds more amazing tartes, stop by the TWD blogroll.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a big, fat slice of tarte tatin waiting patiently for me to devour! ;)

34 responses to TWD Celebrates Two Years with Tarte Tatin

  1. On January 05, 2010 at 2:51pm, Sallie said...

    Susan: Congratulations on 2 years – wow! Every post is wonderful and I appreciate all your hard work. The pictures and recipes are amazing! Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing. Sallie

  2. On January 05, 2010 at 3:13pm, Colleen said...

    Oh….ohhhhhhh………OOOOHHHHHHHH!!!! Yes please, a fat slice for me too……..I adore tarte tatin! Yours looks absolutely drooooolicious!! :o) Congrats to all the TWD’ers xx

  3. On January 05, 2010 at 4:34pm, Cristine said...

    Your tarte looks amazing! YUM!

  4. On January 05, 2010 at 4:39pm, Katrina said...

    Looks de-lish! This one was dangerous for me to have around, because my husband only ate one small piece and just a few others ate a piece, then I kept eating it and eating it…until I threw about 1/4 of it away because I didn’t want to say I ate that much of it!
    Yep, Happy TWD-ing. Love the group.
    Having a giveaway on my blog today.

  5. On January 05, 2010 at 4:44pm, laurie said...

    Wow! Looks just like the picture in the book. Well done! Thanks so much for sticking with me all this time. So glad to have you in our group. xo

  6. On January 05, 2010 at 4:57pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Gorgeous photo. I could take a bite out of the screen. I’m glad you didn’t let your fear of sugar get in the way of your success. Don’t worry. I’ve had the same fears!

    Two years of Dorie Fandom? Time flies. I’ve been enjoying these posts so much I guess time really flies.

  7. On January 05, 2010 at 4:59pm, Rosa said...

    A gorgeous tatin! so tempting!

    cheers,

    Rosa

  8. On January 05, 2010 at 5:20pm, Charli said...

    Beautiful! It took mine a while to caramelize as well, but that was probably just me cooking it too low out of (ahem) fear of said fire dept..

  9. On January 05, 2010 at 6:49pm, Jennifer said...

    Your tarte looks amazing! I had some issues with my caramel, but it all worked out in the end! What a delicious way to celebrate this wonderful group!

  10. On January 05, 2010 at 7:07pm, Susan said...

    From one Susan to another…fabulous job on the tarte tatin! Looks delicious!

  11. On January 05, 2010 at 7:33pm, Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

    I was so fortunate to meet Dorie last year and, though I am not a baker, I love reading her books and have even tried a few recipes, with great success thanks to her wonderful and encouraging instruction.

  12. On January 05, 2010 at 10:48pm, Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said...

    A great dessert to celebrate the occasion! The tart tatin is gorgeous!

  13. On January 05, 2010 at 11:15pm, Amy from She Wears Many Hats said...

    I’ve yet to try to make my first tarte tatin but recently I watched Pierre do one on TV and it didn’t look so difficult. Maybe I’ll give it a go – what the heck. At the very least it’ll be a mound of yumminess, right?

    (I so enjoy your photography. It gets better and better.)

  14. On January 05, 2010 at 11:23pm, Tracey said...

    Your photos are truly spectacular! Great job – the tarte looks perfect! i went with the cake (made into cupcakes) this week and they were delicious, but I really want to try this tarte as soon as possible.

  15. On January 05, 2010 at 11:50pm, Gretchen Noelle said...

    This looks JUST delicious! Love the dollop of cream on top. My puff was much puffier and I wonder if I used it correctly? I like the look of yours so much more!

  16. On January 06, 2010 at 8:14am, b said...

    2 years where does the time go Susan!!!!

  17. On January 06, 2010 at 9:21am, Karen@Mignardise said...

    Oh yum! So French, in that country rustic way. Now that you tell me how easy it was, I will certainly try it soon. Great photo!

  18. On January 06, 2010 at 9:28am, noble pig said...

    It’s so beautiful, I’ve always wanted to make one. I guess this recipe would be a good one to start with!

  19. On January 06, 2010 at 11:32am, ingrid said...

    Looks wonderful Susan! And what a lovely tribute.
    ~ingrid

  20. On January 06, 2010 at 11:43am, Mimi said...

    Beautiful Tarte. I’m sure that your fire department is happy with your success as well.
    Mimi

  21. On January 06, 2010 at 6:59pm, Jodie said...

    Beautiful! I made the cake (cupcakes) but after seeing the tarte, I might have to make it too!

  22. On January 06, 2010 at 10:05pm, The Duo Dishes said...

    Too bad we can’t all have a piece of this to celebrate with you. You guys have been doing a great job with TWD challenges!

  23. On January 07, 2010 at 9:32am, Cate O'Malley said...

    Wow, two years already?! The Tarte Tartin looks scrumptious!

  24. On January 07, 2010 at 10:38am, Krystle said...

    Congrats on your 2 years! That is amazing! This Tarte looks heavenly..wanna share a piece with us?

  25. On January 07, 2010 at 1:45pm, Eliana said...

    Your tarte looks amazing and is a wonderful tribute to Dorie’s greatness.

  26. On January 07, 2010 at 2:17pm, CookiePie said...

    GORGEOUS tarte – and happy Dorie-versary!

  27. On January 07, 2010 at 2:50pm, Peter said...

    The folklore is well-known around this dish – that it was a delcious mistake in the kitchen. I want a slab with my afternoon coffee. Grazie.

  28. On January 07, 2010 at 5:53pm, Daily Spud said...

    Happy New Year Susan! What a gorgeous tarte tatin. I think making it would inspire a bit of fear in me too, but maybe I should give it a go :)

  29. On January 08, 2010 at 10:48pm, sophia said...

    I would totally faint if Dorie commented on my post, too. I have such a girl crush on her.

    that tarte tartin is the perfect reason why Dorie would HAVE to come visit. Oh my…oh lord! Sticky and gooey and chewy!!

  30. On January 09, 2010 at 3:23pm, Ivy said...

    I’ve bookmarked tarte tatin ages ago and never made it yet because I think I am also afraid to make it but I am really tempted to try it.

  31. On January 09, 2010 at 10:57pm, Margaret said...

    Your tarte is C’est magnifique! This was almost too easy to be so good.

  32. On January 09, 2010 at 11:31pm, Veron said...

    Oh Susan, such lovely caramelization! Gorgeous tarte tatin!

  33. On January 10, 2010 at 2:40pm, Susan said...

    That looks delicious! I’ve never had Tarte Tatin, but it always sounds so good in descriptions. I should definitely try this recipe out sometime.

  34. On January 10, 2010 at 3:27pm, deana said...

    What a gorgeous tarte tatin… and 2 year anniversary… what an adventurous group you have!

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