Rough Puff Pastry Part Trois: How to Assemble a Banana Tarte Tatin
This post is the third part in a series about rough puff pastry highlighting the versatility of this marvelous pastry dough. You can make a large quantity of puff pastry and keep it in your fridge for about one week (or the freezer for two months) and pull out small quantities at a time to make turnovers, galettes, palmiers, millefeuille, cheese straws — just to name a few.
A tarte Tatin is basically an upside pastry with caramelized fruit. It is a very humble dessert in my opinion. If you are accustomed to the denser and heartier American pies a tarte Tatin can seem like an accident (indeed, its origin may have been so) or a repurposing of leftovers. I believe that is the beauty of French pastry — you can spend all day turning out a gateau St. Honore or spend less than an hour making a tarte Tatin that is just as elegant in its own right.