Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesdays With Dorie - Tarte Tatin


I am really sad that i took such a long Tuesdays with Dorie hiatus. I used to be so good at baking every week. But one of my New Year's resolutions is to bake once a week, so this is me, starting back up again. This week's recipe is a Tarte Tatin. After reading the recipe i realized 1 very important thing, i do not have a cast iron skillet, or one that can safely go into the oven. And believe me, i unknowingly tried one of my regular pans. After throwing a few dirty pan in the oven to hide them during my new counter top & sink installation, i turned on the oven to pre-heat it and TOTALLY forgot about the dirty pans. eeeek!!! what is that burning smell!!! Thankfully i got them out right in time. I blame my mom for this one. She said, Oh i always throw my dirty pans in the oven to hide them. gross. lesson learned. Back to the Tarte Tatin, without a skillet i had to improvise. I also got apples, but then decided to use pears. So i made the caramelized sugar and the pears in a sauce pan and then transferred them to a spring form pan, and covered it with the puff pastry dough.

I loved the sound of the sugar bubbling in the oven, and what a lovely smell of pears and caramelized sugar and buttery pastry dough all melding together. mmmmm....

When i pulled the tarte out of the oven, i flipped it onto a big serving plate and it was messy and gooey. But once i had that all cleaned up, it really looked pretty nice. And then when i tried it, wow! it was sublime. So maybe it didn't look exactly like Dorie's (because let's face it, when does my stuff ever look like Dorie's?) but it tasted wonderful and I'm happy to be baking again.

24 comments :

Kristina P. said...

I want a cast iron skillet to make Dutch Babies in.

I think you need to come and visit me and we can bake and watch Gossip Girl!

slush said...

So glad you are jumping back in, welcome back!

kel said...

OMG... I want this!!!!!

Pamela said...

I almost went and got a cast iron skillet, because I would like to have one. Instead I realized that I had a pan that could go straight to the oven. It was a great recipe.

Jennifer said...

I don't have those types of pans either (cast iron/one that can go into the oven), so I used mini pie pans instead. It worked out well!

Pears in this tart sound awesome!

Susan said...

I have a cast iron skillet, but made the cake instead. Your tarte tatin looks fabulous! Love the idea of using pears. Yum!

Flourchild said...

You did so good flipping action too! Way to go! Yours looks good and Im glad you liked it!

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful tarte.

I made it too.

Tia said...

yay! i hope you bake more, i just found your blog and i love the pink typewriter in your banner :)

Justin said...

i can totally relate to that story of forgetting about the stuff you stashed in the oven

Teanna said...

Welcome back! Gorgeous tatin - and I'm glad you got the pans out just in time!

Erin said...

Oh yum! It looks so pretty I almost want to cry.

I've never put dirty dishes in the oven, and now that I've heard your story, I had better never do it because I KNOW I would forget about them.

Mary said...

It looks great, no matter what pan you used! It almost looks like the edges are scalloped.
I have a cast iron pan that I used for this, but I also have a slightly smaller stainless frying pan that I took the handle off about 10 years ago because I make Dutch babies all the time. I make them with apples in the winter, to make a breakfast Tarte Tatin! And it doesn't burn when I hide it in the oven!
;)

Leslie said...

What a good solution to your pan problem. I never would have thought to do that! I think this was a tough one to have look just like Dorie's (but none of my desserts look like hers), but I think yours looks fantastic! Welcome back to weekly dessert making!

Karine said...

You did a great job with your tarte tatin! Thanks for sharing :)

Romaine said...

First visit here. Love that pink typewriter.

Using pears was a great idea--especially for the season. I may try that next time.

Tracey said...

Welcome back! Kudos to you for baking the tarte without the pan the recipe called for. I wasn't brave enough to do that so I went with the cake (in cupcake form) and it was yummy but I really want to try this tarte asap!

natalia said...

Ciao ! I wish I tought of pears too ! It must have been divine !!

HoneyB said...

I'm sure Grumpy and I would both love this dish - he loves pears and I love anything with butter & sugar! :-)

BTW, I put my clean pots and pans in the oven because I don't have enough storage space! I have to remember to take them out whenever I bake!

margot said...

Welcome back, your tart looks great! You chose a yummy one to come back with. Hey, it makes sense to use the oven for something other than baking, I mean it's empty most of the time.

jaime said...

This article reminds me... I was trying to look up recipes that include "pear jam"... so i went to google and tried "Recipes with pear jam" and similar wording... but it kept giving me recipes to MAKE pear jam! Someone i know makes pear jam and I really don't know what to do with it! It is pretty sweet, and all i have thought to do with it so far is put it on chicken. Can you or any of your other food-blogger friends suggest a way to find recipes with pear jam in it or do they have any recipes themselves? He also made me beet jam... same story. Thanks for any help! (See you next Monday!!)

Sabrina said...

Jaime:
I just googled "Jam with Meat Recipes". That way it would look for more recipes than just pear jam...
I find that with jam it goes well with meat because of the sweet and savory flavor
I found these ones:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00423

http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES/RECIPES/meatsII/lamb/tender_olive_jamGS.html

http://www.chow.com/recipes/10456

http://kosherfood.about.com/od/sabbathcooking/r/chicken_apricot.htm



Good luck!

SogniSorrisi said...

Looks delicious.

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