Even though each place I’ve lived has a special place in my heart, I think California will always feel like home. It’s a pretty darned magical place. I love it. Now, that said, there’s something California doesn’t have, and that would be real seasons. Namely fall (in the fall, not in January). If you’re like me, you love fall for more reasons than you can count, many of which are found in this fantastic article from The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/articles/mr-autumn-man-walking-down-street-with-cup-of-coff,29866/
Fall has its stereotypical schmaltzy things just like summer has cocktails on patios and trips to the beach and winter has curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and bundling up to frolic in the snow. Fall has pumpkin carving, (and pumpkin-flavored everything, like this curry), crunching leaves, and of course, apple-picking. Well, I already drank the pumpkin Kool-Aid. Even though I haven’t busted out my flannel, boots, and scarves yet, I’ve already dreamt about diving into that pile of golden leaves, and went apple-picking last weekend. I took pictures to inspire you (or to make you jealous…you be the judge).
And then we immediately put those hand-picked apples to work in a big skillet for a tarte tatin! Tarte tatin is a wonderful French upside-down caramelized apple tart with just a dab of butter ;) The tart apples cook down in the caramel, becoming soft and full of a rich, sweet maple-y flavor. The crust provides a flakey, buttery base that no one complained about. Served alongside vanilla ice cream, this was a decadent French treat :)
So we went a little crazy, and doubled the amount of apples and subsequently the amount of caramel…it mayyyy have been a little over the top, but ya know what? We’re owning it. Double caramel. Happening.
I know I normally write up the recipe here, but I think you might be better off just checkin out the ever-reliable Julia Child like we did. And if you want to double the caramel, you know you have my vote. Just use a real rolling pin if you have one, but if not, just do as the French do…
*French phrase for fun
Allons cueillir les pommes!
Let’s go apple-picking!