Tarte Tatin

Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins

Instead of a pastry crust, we've used a thin, crisp biscuit topping (in the manner of the old New England dessert known as "Plate Cakes"). This biscuit is made with shredded sharp cheese and a touch of cornmeal. The play of this against the sweet apples is quite spectacular, as anyone who's ever enjoyed a wedge of sharp Cheddar with a piece of apple pie, can surely imagine.


Cooking spray
3tablespoons butter
1/2cup light brown sugar
5 to 6 apples (such as Golden Delicious), pared, cored, and cut into 8 wedges each
2tablespoons maple syrup
Cheese Biscuit Crust:
3/4cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling
1/3cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2teaspoon salt
3tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/2cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3/4cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
Ice water


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Coat a 9- or 10-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Add butter; swirl pan to coat bottom evenly. Add sugar, and cook over medium heat, shaking occasionally, until sugar starts to melt.
  2. Add apples, placing prettiest wedges in first, curved side down, in concentric circles. Then top with several more layers of apple wedges (they don’t have to be orderly). Cover, lower heat slightly, and steam about 6 to 8 minutes, occasionally shaking pan gently, lifting lid, and spooning cooking liquid over apples, then recovering. Remove lid, turn off heat, and drizzle maple syrup over apples. Set aside.
  3. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking power, baking soda and salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. Add butter and cheeses, and pulse several times until mealy, with distinct but small pieces of butter and cheese. Add buttermilk; pulse. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until dough begins to come together.
  4. Turn out onto a floured board; press or roll into a circle the size of the skillet. It will be thicker than a pastry crust but much thinner than a conventional biscuit. Don’t worry about tears.
  5. Place dough on top of apples, tucking any extra in at the sides. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top crust is very golden and a bit crisp.
  6. Let stand about 5 minutes; then turn out onto a large platter, replacing any apples that may have stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Serve warm.

Recipe by Crescent Dragonwagon.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 4.93
  • Calories 320
  • Fat 14g
  • Saturated Fat 9g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 550mg
  • Potassium 210mg
  • Carbohydrate 43g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Protein 7g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 10%
  • Vitamin C 8%
  • Calcium 20%
  • Iron 6%