Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Recipe: Tarte tatin

Sizzle your tastebuds with brilliant barbecue ideas from Belfast’s Hillmount Garden Centre.

What you'll need

4 apples

85g dark brown sugar

8 crushed cloves

60g butter

Juice of half a lemon

½ sheet puff pastry

10g butter

Pinch of brown sugar

SERVES 4

Peel the apples and cut into halves, removing the core. If not using right away, brush with a little lemon juice and refrigerate.

Meanwhile, melt the butter, sugar and lemon juice in the pan. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved and the caramel is bubbling. This can be done on a side burner or on the grill. Remove.

Crush the cloves and sprinkle onto the caramel. Arrange the apples in the caramel in a snug, even pattern — flat half facing up.

Lay the pastry securely on top of the apples with the additional sprinkling of sugar and extra butter evenly distributed. Bake indirectly (to the side of the heat source) on the barbecue 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool for five minutes before turning out.

Place a serving dish over the pan and flip upside down to release the dessert, so that the pastry is underneath. Allow to cool before serving. Serve with whipped or ice cream.

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