{recipe} Upside-down Maple Apple Tart

Growing up in Brazil, I gleaned with my family for food post harvest, scouring the countryside for fruits and vegetable that might otherwise go to waste. As a cook and an artist, I find the act of gleaning carries into my work: I don’t want to waste anything. So this season it has been the story of apples. They have been so abundant this year and so I have made sauce for festivals, fruit lather, canned, juiced and dried them. I made hand pies and apple pies. For my husband’s birthday he requested, a “Tarte Tatin” and here a simple delicious version of this apple upside down tart that uses all those “not so perfect”, but full of flavor apples you may find rolling down the streets.

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One of my favorite quotes from Agnès Varda documentary “The Gleaners and I”:

“I like the idea that one hand would be always gleaning, the other one always filming. I like very much the idea of the hands. The hands are the tool of the gleaners, you know. Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist”

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“Tarte Tatin” inspired


  • 6 apples, peeled and cored apples
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pie crust
  • Oven safe skillet like a cast iron


On a 8-inch cast iron skillet melt 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 4 tablespoons of butter:

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Arrange peeled and cored apples (about 6) round side down. Cook on low on the stovetop for 10 minutes, undisturbed:

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Trim a pie crust leaving a 1/4 inch more than your pan size:

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Cover the cast iron with the pie crust and bake on 425F for about 25 minutes:
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Tart is done when the crust is golden. Hold skillet and plate together and carefully turn the cast iron skillet over. Serve hot or room temperature:

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Great idea! I’ll have to give it a go, my 100 year old apple trees have lots of apples that are a bit too tart for eating raw, but are perfect for baking. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. How great, I imagine they must be delicious! We have tried some amazing apples we are not sure what they are, but it has been such great fun to cook with them. Enjoy! — Ellie

  2. Reblogged this on Story Cooking and commented:
    It is true. We have been on an apple diet. 🙂
    Thank you From Scratch Club for featuring my recipe!–Ellie

  3. eating4241 says:

    I love this – looks gorgeous, and a delicious dish! I’ve been looking for a good tarte tatin recipe since I got back from Paris, I don’t think there is a more perfect dessert! 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on I'm Full of It! and commented:
    Ok, after blogging earlier this afternoon about apples, this looked too good not to share!

  5. LFFL says:

    Looks delicious!

  6. Yum! Looks delish!

  7. Paola_P says:

    Good idea! that’s how we use apples in Sicily 😀
    take a look !

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