Tarte Tatin is an upside-down apple tart in which the apples are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked.
Apple Cake Tatin
Apple Cake Tatin is a cake made like a Tarte Tatin, except this is a cake and not a tart. Also the apples are not sauteed but rather covered in caramel and then baked.
You will need
6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the dish
1 1/4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced into 12 pieces
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Generously butter a 9-inch glass pie dish and arrange the apples in the dish, cut side down.
Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color. Swirl the pan but don't stir. Pour evenly over the apple slices.
Meanwhile, cream the butter and the remaining 3/4 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the sour cream, zest, and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, add it to the butter mixture. Mix only until combined.
Pour the cake batter evenly over the apple slices and bake for 30-40 minutes, unitl a cake tester or a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. If an apple slice sticks, ease it out and replace it in the design on top of the cake. Serve warm or at temperature, dusted with confectioner's sugar and a scoop of Vanilla ice cream.
The not so sweet cake is complimented by the caramel topping. Dusting with confectioner's sugar just before serving makes it fancy. I also added lemon zest on top to accentuate the lemon flavour in the cake. All in all, a pleasant light dessert.
Apple Cake Tatin is my entry to "Fresh Produce of The Month: Apples" hosted by Marta of Italian in the US.