Apple Crumble Tatin: Recipe #187

Megan and I came up with this fusion idea: apple crumble + date squares + tarte tatin. You caramelize the fruit in a pan just like the French delicacy tarte tatin, but then instead of covering it in puff pastry, you put oatmeal crumble on top and bake the whole thing.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($8.50 for a large panful)

6 apples, cored and quartered – we mixed gala and fuji – $1.79
1/3 cup margarine – $0.93
1/2 cup brown sugar – $0.26
10 dates, pitted and halved – $2.49

3/4 cup margarine – $1.86
1 cup brown sugar – $0.52
1 1/2 cups flour – $0.24
1 3/4 cups rolled oats – $0.21
1 tsp baking soda – $0.01
1/2 tsp salt – $0.03

Directions for Apple Crumble Tatin

1. Cut up your apples, then spread the margarine evenly and thickly over the bottom of the pan. Arrange the apples in a tight circular pattern, skin side up, then sprinkle with the brown sugar and arrange the dates on top.

2. Mix together all the crumble ingredients, first with a spoon and then using your hands to bring it all together. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples and press down gently to form a nice thick crust.

3. Bake at 375F for 30 minutes, until the top is nice and toasty but not too dark brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then carefully loosen around the edges and see if it will slide around the pan. If it can, place a large plate on top of the pan and gently but quickly flip it over to reveal the beautiful caramelized apple pattern.

Cut your apple crumble tatin into slices and serve warm with yogurt or ice cream.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 – 1-3 hours
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness:  2 = decent meal
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy-ish
  • TOTAL: 15/18

If any of you amazing cooks tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!