This rustic tarte Tatin features Granny Smith apples and crisp puff pastry baked in a cast iron pan. It looks so impressive but couldn’t be easier to make – including the homemade caramel.

Serves 8. Prep Time: 20 minutes. Cook Time: 50 minutes


1 cup (250ml) apple or pear cider

1/2 cup caster sugar

170g butter, cut into chunks

4 teaspoons molasses

4 apples, such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored and halved

1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Sage

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying (optional)

Fresh sage leaves (optional)

Clotted cream or whipped cream (optional)


1. Bring cider to boil in 25cm cast iron frying pan on medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in sugar; cook 5 minutes or until caramel begins to brown. Stir in butter and molasses until well blended. Carefully place apples, cut sides up, in caramel, packing them tightly. Cook 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with rubbed sage. Place puff pastry over apples, carefully tucking sides in.

3. Bake in preheated 200ºC oven 20 to 25 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes.

4. For the Fried Sage Leaves garnish, heat oil in small saucepan on medium-high heat. Fry 4 to 6 sage leaves at a time for 3 seconds or until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

5. Run a small knife around inside edge of frying pan. Place a serving platter over Frying pan. Using pot holders, quickly flip over frying pan and platter. Remove Frying pan. Apples should be on top and the puff pastry forming the crust. Cool to room temperature. Garnish with Fried Sage Leaves, and serve with cream, if desired.

Or to prepare in 9-inch cake pan with 2-inch sides:

1. Reduce cider as directed in large Frying pan. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar; cook on medium heat 5 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter and
4 teaspoons molasses until well blended. Add 3 apples, peeled, cored and halved; cook and stir 5 minutes. Pour caramel and apples into cake pan.

2. Arrange apples in single layer with cut sides up. Sprinkle with rubbed sage. Place puff pastry over apples, carefully tucking sides in.

3. Place in preheated 375°F oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown. Continue as directed.

What’s your favourite French dessert recipe?