Bake like a Bosch: Perfecting Tarte Tatin

Tarts are tasty and all, but what if we took them and flipped them on their heads? Well, then we would have a tarte Tatin! Tarte Tatin is a delicious twist on a tart, where the fruit is caramelized with sugar and topped with puff pastry, then baked and flipped over to give a fantastically flaky crust with delicious, caramelized filling. Topped with ice cream, these are an amazing dessert, and they’re so easy to perfect using a Convection oven with steam!


To make a Tarte Tatin for yourself, all you need is:



  1. Start by preheating your oven to 450°F. If you’re using a convection steam oven like we did, set it to 30% steam.
  2. Next peel, core, and slice your pear into 1/4” slices.
  3. Add the sugar to a small cast iron pan and gently caramelize the sugar on medium-low heat until the sugar turns a light amber colour.
  4. Allow the sugar to cool for 1-2 minutes before carefully laying the pear slices in to cover the bottom of the pan.
  5. Cut a disk out of puff pastry 1/4” bigger than the top of your cast iron and in a small bowl prepare an egg wash with the egg and milk.
  6. Lay the disk of puff pastry on top of the pear slices and brush with egg wash.
  7. Bake the tarte Tatin on the middle rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the puff pastry has puffed up and turned a golden brown.
  8. Remove the tarte Tatin from the oven and allow to cool for 1 minute before carefully flipping upside down onto a plate.
  9. Allow to cool an additional 1-2 minutes, then lift the cast iron pan off the tarte to reveal the final dish!


We topped ours with vanilla ice cream, but these are great also finished with whipped cream, or just eaten as is! You can also try swapping out the pears with apples, peaches, berries, bananas, or any other fruits! You can also watch us make this recipe, and many others on our YouTube Channel.