Apple Tart Tatin with Caramel Ice Cream

Jean Christope Novelli makes a classic French favourite - individual apple tatins, served with silky smooth caramel ice cream
By Jean-Christophe Novelli
Apple Tart Tatin with Caramel Ice Cream
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time:
  • Prep Time: 55 minutes
  • Effort: medium


For the caramel

  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 5 tsp water
  • 5 tsp boiling water

For the Ice Cream

  • 150 ml double cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 300 ml milk
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 3 tbsp liquid glucose

For the tarts

  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g acacia honey
  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 star anise
  • 3 vanilla pods, halved
  • 300 g puff pastry


1. For the ice cream; make a caramel sauce by dissolving the sugar in the cold water. Boil the syrup for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture has taken on a golden caramel colour.

2. Carefully add the boiling water and stir well - set aside.

3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale.

4. Pour the milk and cream into a saucepan and add the glucose. Bring to the boil.

5. Pour this liquid on to the egg and sugar mixture, whisking all the time, until smooth.

6. Return the mixture to a clean pan and heat gently, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Don't let the mixture boil though.

7. Remove the pan from the heat, cover with a piece of plastic wrap and leave to cool.

8. Stir the caramel sauce into the cool custard mixture.

9. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker until frozen and set aside.

10. Meanwhile, make the tart tatin. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Put a baking sheet in the oven to heat and line deep tart tins with greaseproof paper.

11. Put the sugar and honey into a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

12. Bring to a simmer and boil for 5 minutes, without stirring, or until you have a rich golden brown caramel.

13. Pour the caramel into the bases of the tart tins.

14. Peel and core the apples. Slice 1cm layer from the top of the apples, so that they are level with the tops of the tins.

15. Put one star anise and half a vanilla pod in the hollow centre of each apple. Place on to the preheated baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until just tender.

16. Roll out the pastry and cut into discs.

17. Cover the apple, tucking the edges of the pastry down the sides.

18. Return the tarts to the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and golden. Leave to cool slightly, then invert onto serving plates and serve with a scoop of caramel ice cream.

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