Vegan desserts can be fiddly and time consuming. This vegan tarte tatin is the exception. Puff pastry, sticky caramel and sweet apples come together to create a showstopper of a dessert that will impress everyone. Only you'll know just how easy it was to put together...
What is tarte tatin?
Tarte tatin is a traditional French dessert made with pastry, apples and lots and lots of butter and sugar. The apples and caramel are placed in the baking dish first, then covered with a layer of pastry.
The tarte tatin is cooked upside down and then inverted once cooked so that the fruit appears on the top.
Tarte tatin is usually made in a circular dish such as a pie or flan tin. I've made my version rectangular because I've used ready rolled puff pastry in order to make it really easy. To avoid wasting any of the pastry I wanted to make my vegan tarte tatin the same shape as the pastry.
However, you could follow the same recipe and use a circular tin, just cutting off the excess pastry as you need to.
How do you make tarte tatin vegan?
In terms of difficulty, converting a tarte tatin recipe to be suitable for vegans was pretty easy.
The butter is replaced with dairy free spread. And I've used ready made puff pastry, which is almost always suitable for vegans. But as I always say - check the label if you're not sure.
What other recipes can you make with vegan puff pastry?
Puff pastry is a really useful ingredient to have in the fridge if you're vegan.
Many vegan desserts are a bit fiddly, require lots of ingredients, or end up costing you a small fortune. With a sheet of puff pastry however you can make loads of delicious recipes, such as this tarte tatin or these apple and mincemeat swirls.
You could adapt this tarte tatin recipe by using a different fruit eg pears. Or you could make a more classic vegan pie and leave the pastry on the top. I've also used it to make apple turnovers before.
And that's just the sweet stuff.
There are lots of savoury vegan recipes that you can make with puff pastry too such as:
- puff pastry pizza
- pizza pinwheels
- cheese straws (use dairy free cheese)
- pesto twists
- sausage rolls
- Mediterranean vegetable tart.
What's your favourite vegan puff pastry recipe? Let me know in the comments and maybe I'll make that next.
If you like this you might also like my recipe for spiced quince compote.
How to make vegan tarte tatin
Vegan apple tarte tatin
- 100 g brown sugar
- 75 g dairy free spread
- 6 apples
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 375 g sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark Grease a 20 x 30cm roasting tin or baking tray with a deep lip and set aside.
For the apples
- Peel and core your apples and cut into thin slices.
- In a medium saucepan melt the dairy free spread and brown sugar together.
- Stir in the ground cinnamon and add the sliced apple.
- Turn the heat to low and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes until the apples are just starting to soften.
To make the tart
- Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared tin. Unroll the pastry and cover the apples tucking the sides in.
- Put in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
- Take out of the oven and allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes.
- Remove from the tin carefully by placing a tray or serving dish over the tin and inverting. If possible use one with a lip as some of the juices will run out otherwise.
- Serve warm with vegan ice cream, cream or coconut yoghurt.
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