Jess’s cheat tarte tartin

This is Mum’s recipe and it’s naughty, numma and easy! Mum loves it because it uses ingredients we always have hanging around in the larder and means she can make a pud at the last minute!


  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 4 eating apples like gala or cox ( half an apple per person)
  • 60g butter (or about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons of soft brown sugar

Heat your oven up to 200 degrees and meanwhile, roll out your pastry and cut four rounds from it using a scone cutter.

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Core your apples and cut into slices and then cut these into half, leaving the skin on, after all this recipe is designed to be quick and easy. Measure out your butter and sugar and whack on the heat until the sugar has melted.

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Pop your apples slices into the bottom of a muffin holder. We have an amazing silicone one which I highly recommend, but your old fashioned metal friend will do nicely too. Then pour over some of the caramel mixture and top each one with a pastry hat, tucking the sides in.

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Then bung these into the oven and cook for 15 minutes, until the pastry is nice and golden and there is a smell of caramelised apples wafting through the kitchen. Scoop each tart out and turn it upside down. Top with custard or cream or you might even want to enjoy it unadulterated.

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