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You’ve got a table full of dinner guests you’re trying to wow, but you don’t actually want to toil away in the kitchen. The simple solution? Make Erin McDowell’s recipe for fig tarte tatin, then prepare for the oohs and aahs.
“Tarte tatin is the most misunderstood dessert in the entire world,” the author of The Fearless Baker tells us. “Because it has a French name and because it’s made with puff pastry, it seems very fancy, but you can use store-bought puff pastry and any fruit that’s in season to make this dessert any time of year.”
We should mention: It all comes together in a single skillet, the most work you’ll have to do is slice some figs and the results are sticky-sweet caramelized fruit cradled in a blanket of crisp pastry. You’ve got nothing to lose.
“Unlike a lot of pies that need to cool completely in order to be sliced,” McDowell continues, “tarte tatin is served warm, so it’s a great dinner-party dessert. Thanks to the figs, the caramel ends up getting this kind of pinky-rose hue from the fruit juices, which is so beautiful. It’s the easiest thing to make, but you put it on the table and every guest is like, Whaaat? How did you make that?!”
Just shrug nonchalantly and tell them it’s French.
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