Tarte Tatin Recipe {Plus a giveaway!}


Enter to win this classic knife from Wüsthof

Enter to win this classic knife from Wüsthof

When I hear about a recipe that calls for Chinese 5-Spice, I’m immediately intrigued. And when this spice is added to a recipe in which it’s not usually used, I know I want to make it. Which is the case with this tarte tatin from Chef Ming Tsai. By adding this sultry spice blend of cinnamon, clove, fennel seed, star anise and black pepper to a classic French dessert, Chef Tsai made it even more tempting. In fact, I recommend keeping 5-Spice stocked at all times amongst your other spices.

Now how will you slice the apples needed for this tarte tatin recipe? I think you need a special knife…don’t you?

Since it’s the season for giving, I am giving away a WÜSTHOF knife to one lucky winner. WÜSTHOF, a prestigious knife company founded in Germany in 1814, has kindly offered to send one luck winner this Classic Clip Point Paring Knife.

About the WÜSTHOF Classic Clip Point Paring Knife

  • It’s ideal for slicing and peeling (perfect for apples!)
  • Comfortable and highly-durable ergonomic handle with a traditional look and feel, stickered with our red Trident logo
  • Tempered to 58⁰ Rockwell
  • Precision Edge Technology yields a blade that is 20% sharper with twice the edge retention
  • Full tang that is triple riveted to the handle for precise control
  • Precision-forged from a single blank of high carbon stain-free steel
  • Resists stains and corrosion
  • Suggested retail price of $70

Enter to win this WÜSTHOF paring knife by:

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One (1) winner will be chosen on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015.

Good Luck and Happy Baking!

Chinese 5-Spice Tarte Tatin


  • For the Tarte Tatin Crust
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • Filling
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 6 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and quartered


1. Make the crust: In a small bowl, combine the egg yolks with ¼ cup very cold water. In a food processor, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds.

2. With the processor running, add the egg yolk mixture in a slow, steady stream and process just until the dough holds together and is no longer crumbly.

3. Transfer the dough to a work surface and divide it in half. Make a ball of each half and flatten into discs. Wrap each disc separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to a week. If not using the second dough within that time, wrap it in plastic then in foil, tuck into a resealable plastic bag, and freeze for up to 3 months for another use.

4. In a large bowl, combine the apples, ½ cup of the sugar, the five-spice powder and lemon juice. Toss and let sit for 30 minutes. Drain the apples, reserving 2 tablespoons of the juice.

5. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Melt the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron pan over medium-low heat. Add the remaining 1 cup sugar and the reserved apple juice and cook, stirring constantly, until a light caramel-brown syrup forms, 15 to 20 minutes.

6. Working from the outside in, shingle the apples in the pan. Slide one apple slice to the side and baste the apples, and while keeping a watchful eye, cook until the caramel is dark amber, about 3 minutes. Cook for about another 10 minutes, until the apples are al dente.

7. Place 1 dough disc on a large sheet of parchment paper and roll it out into a circle, about ¼ inch thick, that will fit the pan with about a ¼-inch overhang. Top the apples with the dough, tucking the edges of the dough between the apples and the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pan, and bake until the crust is brown, about 10 minutes more.

8. Remove the tart from the oven and let rest for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the tart. Top with a serving dish and being careful of the hot caramel, invert the pan and dish. The tart should drop onto the plate easily; if it doesn’t, re-invert the pan and place it on the stove over medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes to further melt the caramel and help the tart to release.

9. Cut into slices and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

This recipe is from Ming Tsai’s cookbook