Happy 2nd Anniversary TWD-ers!! *throws confetti*
I’ve only been with the group for a short while but this is such a great, hilarious, caring, giving, and FUN bunch of bakers!!! I have played nice, made some friends, and baked so much more than I ever would have on my own. I’ve also gained more weight than I would have on my own, but that’s a rant for another day ;)
Anywho, onto the main event!! For our anniversary we got to choose from TWO desserts. A Tarte Tatin or a Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake. Or, if you’re a glutton (for punishment, ha!) you could make both. Me, well… I saw ‘Tarte Tatin’ and I swooned. I promised myself that I wouldn’t put too much on my plate (figuratively speaking. This tarte does not apply!) so I chose just one and got to work.
In the recipe it says to use 8 apples. I would add at least 4 more apples to that (I used a mix of Gala and Fuji). My apples shrunk WAY down (and we ALL know how much I LOVE cooked apples) and I just think this would have been a bit prettier if it had extra height to it. Also, my apples took more than DOUBLE the time suggested to caramelize. It said ‘deep caramel color’ so I just waited and waited until it reached something close to that. Aaaaaaaand I sprinkled cinnamon on top of half of the tarte. I’m bad. I know ;)
You wanna know a secret? I have never made a Tarte Tatin because I always viewed it as this fancy-shmancy French dessert that would probably be way too hard for an amateur like me to reproduce. N’est pas!! It was simple! Literally, the hardest part was peeling the apples. Cut em, throw em into some melted butter and sugar, cook em, throw pastry dough on top, and then throw em in the oven. That’s it! IIII know!! AND it’s all made in ONE oven safe skillet. I’ll be making this again, experimenting with pears or even peaches (ooh and bourbon!).
Now, usually there is an exchanging of gifts for an anniversary. But don’t worry Dorie, MY TARTE LOOKS LIKE THE PICTURE IN THE BOOK!! That’s gift enough for me. It means a lot, really ;)
Love you all!
Ps. Please forgive the pictures. I had ZERO daylight left last night and I had to photograph the rest at work under fluorescent lights with my camera phone.