Weekend Recipe | Bonfire Night Tarte Tatin

For a grown-up take on toffee apples, this Tarte Tatin recipe from Bel and the Dragon is the perfect Bonfire Night pudding


  • 3 Pink Lady apples, peeled quartered and turned
  • 50g of butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 puff pastry disc


  1. Spread the butter into the bottom of a heavy based 15cm sauce pan. Evenly spread the sugar over the butter. Place the cinnamon stick and star anise across the middle of the pan. Tightly pack the apple pieces in the pan, placing the cored end of the apple in the centre.
  2. Put the pan onto a stove and at high heat let the sugar caramelize until it’s a light golden brown colour. Take off the heat and let cool slightly before placing a 4mm puff pastry disc on top, pushing it in round the apples at the edge of the pan and spiking the pastry a few times to let steam out.
  3. Place in the oven and bake at 200 degrees C, for about 25 minutes, when the pasty will be a nice golden colour and crispy. The caramel in and around the apples will be a nice dark caramel colour. Let it rest for a while then turn out onto a plate and serve with vanilla ice cream.


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