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Pomme tatin

10 Oct 2018


We all know one of the most classic French desserts: la Tarte Tatin. But do you really know where it’s originally from? To answer that question, we will take you on a journey through time starting from the original recipe from the 19th century to the most creative versions of this dessert that we can find today

La tarte des demoiselles Tatin

According to local history, the Tarte Tatin comes from a provincial region in central France mainly frequented by hunters – called “la Sologne” – and more precisely from a small village named Lamotte- Beuvron.

Caroline and Stéphanie Tatin, chef-owners of a restaurant, were well-known for their specialty: an apple pie, most commonly known as Tarte Tatin.

One day, in a rush, Stéphanie accidentally over-turned her pie but she decided to bake it anyway. This then created a layer of caramelized apples on the crust. For the dessert to be presentable, the tart had to be turned upside-down again: the Tarte Tatin was born. This delicacy was then introduced all over Paris o the finest gourmet venues by Maurice Edmond Sailland, a Parisian food critic. He brought the dessert to national prominence thanks to his publication “La France Gastronomique” in 1926, after he had tasted the Tatin Tart at the restaurant of the Tatin sisters, in Lamotte-Beuvron.

On the other side of the story

The truth is that the Tarte Tatin existed in French country cooking as the “tarte renversée” (the “upside-down tart”), long before the Tatin sisters invented it.
This iconic dessert therefore belongs both to the humble French countryside and to the “high” food culture of Paris. This duality is part of its iconic character: that it is adaptable to high and low cuisine and “thinkable” at both levels.

Chef have turned the classsic Tarte Tatin upside down with new variations

Present-day desserts represent a merging of taste and aesthetics, with innovation in the form of a colourful and sometimes invented history. A lot of variations are now preferred over the classic French version, often served with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream. Whether in France or elsewhere in the world, some pastry chefs have decided to revolutionize the classic version of Tarte Tatin with unusual apples using Fuji apple or Mutsu apple for example. Others go even farther afield, playing with the magic ingredient, the apple, by using pear or apricot but also with the shapes.

Finger Tatin recipe


Hazelnut cream

Chocolate passion mousse

Chocolate spray

Apple finger

Working method

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugar together with a paddle. 
  2. Add the eggs, then the sifte dhazelnut powder and flour. Do not overmix, because incorporating too much air will make it less moist coming out of the oven.
  3.  Pipe 1 cm thick onto the Silpat®. Bake at 180°C for 6 to 8 mins with the damper closed.
  4. Heat the cream and the passion fruit purée together to 85°C and pour over the chocolate. Use an immersion blender for a better emulsion. 
  5. Cool down to 40°C and fold in the lightly whipped cream.
  6. Warm up the chocolate and the cocoa butter to approximately 30°C to spray on the frozen mousse.
  7. Warm up the Topfil Pomme Façon Tatin to 50°C to reduce air pockets when piping onto the Silpat®.

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