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Apple, maple & thyme tarte tartin

SerenaComment
Apple, maple & thyme tarte tartin

I am a sucker for any type of fruit based dessert.  We had several apples which were quickly loosing their crispiness due to our recent warm weather and I am on a mission to reduce food waste.

This is a simple version of a classic dessert taking a shortcut by using maple syrup and using a sheet of store bought puff pasty.

After you have peeled the apples and cut into wedges, melt a good dollop of butter (about 50 g) in a oven proof non stick frypan.  Add a slug of maple syrup to the butter and you will see the magic begin to happen.  Cook for a minute or so until combined then put in your fresh thyme.  Watch out, it will spit and carry on,  this is basically a caramel mixture that gets very hot.  Add your apples and cook gently for about 5 minutes.  While the apples are cooking defrost a sheet of puff pastry and cut into a round slightly larger than your frying pan.  Remove from the heat and put the pastry over the apple mixture taking care to tuck in the sides (using a knife) which will create a nice pasty edge on the finished dessert. 

 

Place in the oven and bake until the pastry is nice and brown - 20 mins or so. 

Remove from the oven, place a plate over the frying pan, invert turn to decant onto the plate.  Do take care the mixture is super hot. 

Cool a little and then serve with a scoop of melting ice cream.  It is also just as tasty served cold the next day where the herbal flavour of the thyme is more pronounced.

Enjoy x