Upside-down Apple Tart #WeekdaySupper

This Upside-down Apple Tart recipe transforms a few simple ingredients into caramelized apples with cinnamon over a flaky, buttery puff pastry crust. This easy-to-make dessert is perfect for the holidays or any time you want an impressive dessert made easy!  **Plus enter to win a cookbook giveaway!**

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing this incredibly delicious (and easy!!) Upside-down Apple Tart recipe with you, as part of Weekday Supper. The theme for Weekday Supper is the Mad Hungry Family Cookbook by Lucinda Scala Quinn, and 10 bloggers will share recipes from the cookbook.

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At first glance of the recipe, I thought an Upside-down Apple Tart would be intimidating, especially having not worked with puff pastry much. But I rolled up my sleeves, read the recipe several times and went by the book, step by step.  It was much easier than anticipated, and the result was nothing short of incredible.

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First the apples are caramelized in butter and sugar in a skillet on the stove top, which is then transferred to the oven to cook until the apples have softened. Next the apple mixture is topped with a round of puff pastry (which is my new obsession!) and cooked until puffed and golden brown. Last, simply cool, flip out of the pan and serve alone or topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Not only is this Upside-down Apple Tart amazing, but the presentation is gorgeous! This dessert will definitely be a feature on our upcoming holiday menu!

Upside-down Apple Tart
  • 3½ pounds apples, such as Gala
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed according to package instructions
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Peel, core, and quarter the apples lengthwise. As each one is peeled, toss with the lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Spread 5 tablespoons of the butter evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a 10-inch cast-iron or other oven-safe skillet. Sprinkle ½ cup of the sugar and the salt evenly over the bottom of the skillet. Arrange the apple slices around the edge of the pan in circles, working toward the center of the skillet.
  3. Place the skillet over medium heat and cook, undisturbed, for 18 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the apples have softened and shrunken slightly, about 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to an 11-inch square. Using a plate as a guide, cut out a 10-inch circle and transfer it to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Chill until needed.
  5. When the apples are ready, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and brush it over the pastry. Combine the remaining ¼ cup sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the pastry. Slide the pastry, cinnamon side down, over the apples. Return the skillet to the oven and bake until the pastry is golden and brown, about 20 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then slide a knife around the edge of the pastry to loosen and invert onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges to serve.
Recipe used with permission from Workman Publishing Company.

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As mentioned, this Upside-down Apple Tart recipe was one of many wonderful recipes from the Mad Hungry Family Cookbook by Lucinda Scala Quinn. The recipes she shares are some of her tried and true favorites. In Mad Hungry Family, you will find a collection of no-fuss, big flavor recipes that will have your family asking for more! Scala Quinn presents the recipes in a ‘you-can-d0-this’ manner that inspires confidence and makes the recipes approachable. Her details and step-by-step instructions helped me through this recipe. I have flagged several more recipes from Mad Hungry Family to try in the near future!

To find out more, watch this Lucinda Scala Quinn interview on the Sunday Supper Movement website!


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  1. I am always intimidated by baking but this looks beautiful and approachable for someone like me. Great post!

  2. This looks so incredibly good!! YUM!

  3. Apples are my favorite thing to eat this time of year and I can’t wait to share this with my family. They are going to love it!

  4. My family loves my chicken soup!

  5. LOVE this twist! Apple tarts are one of my favorites 🙂