Tamarillo tarte tatin

This sweet pastry will knock the socks off bought pastry. You can make it in a food processor or by hand in a bowl. This tarte tatin recipe makes a big tart but you could easily halve the recipe

  • 1 hr 15 mins preparation
  • Serves 12
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Sweet pastry
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2.5 cup plain flour
  • 200 gram butter, at room temperature, diced
  • 1 egg, whisked with a large pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 12 large tamarillos, cut a small cross in the base of each fruit
  • 2 heaped tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar (raw or brown sugar) mixed with ½ tsp mixed spice


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C fanbake. Choose a heavy-based, ovenproof, cast-iron frying pan (or deep ceramic quiche dish) – mine was 27cm in diameter, but it doesn’t matter if yours is smaller or larger.
  • 2
    To make the pastry, place the sugar, flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • 3
    Drizzle the egg around the bowl, add the lemon zest and juice and pulse again a few times until the mixture forms a mass of big pieces.
  • 4
    Tip dough onto a lightly floured surface and press together. Work quickly and flatten into a neat, flat square. Cover in plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes in the fridge. (This recipe makes about 690g pastry.)
  • 5
    Place tamarillos in a large bowl and cover in boiling water. Leave to blanch for 2-3 minutes then drain and place in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes.
  • 6
    Drain tamarillos, peel away the skins with a small, sharp knife and remove the stalks.
  • 7
    Place the chilled pastry on a floured surface. Pull apart and then press together into a thick, flat circle. Sprinkle more flour on top then roll into a circle about 3cm in diameter bigger than the rim of your frying pan or dish.
  • 8
    Spread a thick layer of butter in the base of frying pan and sprinkle over half the sugar and spice mixture. Place tamarillos evenly around the inside edge of the pan and finish with two tamarillos in the middle.
  • 9
    Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top and cover with pastry, tucking the edges in around the fruit. Bake in the oven until the pastry is golden (20-25 minutes).
  • 10
    Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a couple of minutes. Run a knife around the pan edge to ensure the pastry does not stick. Place a large plate on top of the pastry and, using a large, thick tea towel, turn the pan over quickly so the pastry is on the bottom. Serve immediately, with a little thickened cream or ice cream.

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