Last picking season for Tim's family at their orchard before taking a well earned hiatus. We visited several weekends ago - our first proper family roadtrip with little L - and collected some boxes of apples, possibly the last for some time.
I'm into simple these days, well, I always was. But even more so now I have a little bub to tend to and waste lots of glorious time with. I'd always meant to try making apple tarte tatin and found a simple recipe in an old cookbook, here it is (with slight modifications):
Apple Tarte Tatin:
110g salted butter
185g caster sugar
6 large royal gala apples, peeled, quartered and cored
1 slice pre made/rolled butter puff pastry, unfrozen
In a large non stick (and oven proof) frying pan, melt butter and add sugar. Cook stirring for 5 minutes until sugar dissolves, then take it a bit further and let turn a golden brown colour.
Cook apples in two batches over low heat, approx 10 minutes each side. Remove from pan and set aside. Turn up the heat and cook the syrup until it goes from runny to a more sticky consistency.
Arrange the apples in the pan, then place the pastry on top, gently pushing down the edges with the back of a wooden spoon. Place in a pre heated oven (220C) for approx 30 minutes or until pastry has turned golden.
Allow to cool a little then turn out onto a serving plate, serve with cream or ice cream.