tarte Tatin

May 10th, 2015


chef morgan

Tarte Tatin
You can substitute the apples for another fresh fruit such as apricots, peaches, nectarines, rhubarb, or pears. You can make savory renditions as well. Pan-roasted cherry and basil tomato tart (with or without burrata or mozzarella cheese), cauliflower with almonds, or summer squash tart are a few of my favorites. For tomato or zucchini tarts, eliminate the sugar and butter, and use a little olive oil in the pan instead. For cauliflower, you can caramelize it as you would apples.

makes 1 10″ Tart 


7-8 apples (Rome, Pomme Reinette, Caville, Gala), peeled, cored, and halved
fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of kosher salt
1 pie dough, pâte sucrée, or puff pastry 


  • Preheat Oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make Pastry Dough. Make enough pie dough, pâte sucrée or puff pastry for one 10 inch tart. Chill until ready for use. If using frozen puff pastry, defrost in the refrigerator until use.
  • Prepare Apples. Peel apples. Remove core and seeds. Squeeze lemon juice on the peeled apples to prevent browning. If apples are large, cut into quarters.
  • Cook Apples. Melt butter in an oven-proof sauté pan over medium heat. Pour sugar over the melted butter. Dissolve. Add apples. The apples will shrink when cooked, so at this stage they will be laying on their sides. Continue to cook until the apples are soft and the butter-sugar mixture is thick and bubbly. Use a spoon to baste the butter-sugar mixture over the apples. Be patient. It takes about 30 minutes (depending upon size of the apples) to cook them. Turn off flame.
  • Cover with Dough. Roll out the pastry dough slightly with a rolling pin. Cut dough into a circle to cover the pan. Arrange the apples in pan with flat sides facing up (or if cut, arrange them in a decorative way). Cover the apples with the pastry dough. Tuck the pastry inside the rim of the sauté pan (do not let it hang over the edge of the pan).
  • Caramelize (Bake). Place the pan in the oven. Bake until the pastry dough is brown about 20 minutes. CAREFULLY remove the pan from the oven using to use a potholder or towel. Let the tart slightly cool in the pan for about 10 minutes so the carmel can settle.
  • Invert. Place a plate over the pan (with the bottom facing up) and invert the tart gently onto the plate. The apples should be a deep caramel color. Remember to do this carefully and use a towel as the pan handle may still be hot.
  • Serve. The tart is best enjoyed warm and generally served with real vanilla ice cream. The tart tastes best the day it is prepared.

cardamom sablés with fresh peaches and rose cream

July 11th, 2014

chef morgan

cardamom sablés with
fresh summer peaches and rose cream

You can enjoy this dessert deconstructed as well. For example, the peaches and cream can be placed in a bowl and you can add the sable on the top or on the side. Alternatively, enjoy the sables with a cup of tea (rose tea if you have it). The cream is lightly flavored with rose syrup (I use Monin) if you want a more pronounced rose flavor, add a little more (but not too much).

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my nutty, chocolaty (gluten free) tart with brandied cream

November 21st, 2013

chef morgan tart 1

I am thankful for…
many things, but especially dessert 

my nutty, chocolaty (gluten free) tart with brandied cream

I inherited my father’s affinity for sweets. At no time is this truth put to the test more than during the holiday season. For all of you who appreciate the sweet things in life as I do, and especially for those of you living a gluten-free lifestyle, this tart is for you. This week we are headed to the table with a delicious way to complete our Thanksgiving meal with a nutty, chocolaty (gluten free) tart with brandied cream.

à table !


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Paris day trip: Château de Fontainebleau

August 30th, 2013

chef morgan

Paris day trip: Château de Fontainebleau 

emperors, strawberries, and a canoe on carp lake

recipe: summer strawberries with lime sugar and fresh mint 

Not far from Paris is a château rich in history. Yes, there are many. However, this particular château was inhabited for seven centuries by the royal and imperial French elite (most famously by  Napoleon I and Josephine). Surrounded by breathtaking courtyards, fountains, canal, gardens, a park, and a lake, it is a perfect Paris day trip. It is the Château de Fontainebleau and this week’s recipe, summer strawberries with lime sugar and fresh mint, was inspired by a visit to this château. So until you get there in person – venez avec moi (come with me)à la Château de Fontainebleau. 

Allez -y (let’s go) !


chef morgan strawberries 2

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the gift of time

December 15th, 2012



the gift of time:
holiday hosting  just got easier with two delicious 
(and simple) holiday desserts

 My mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas. “Nothing,” I responded, “except more time.” The end of the year seems like a race. I know I am not alone in this sentiment. It is a juggle between the end of the school year activities and holiday preparations with an already over-committed work schedule and daily tasks of a parent. Multi-tasking at its best. In fact, I post this blog to you as I indulge in an early birthday gift of making the grey disappear from my hair. My wish for the “gift of time” inspired this week’s simple pleasure: two easy holiday desserts, eggnog crème brûlée and a pear frangipane tart with vanilla bean and orange.   Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit, Neruda and enjoying the silence

October 3rd, 2012

fresh autumn figs with balsamic caramel,  fleur de sel and pomegranate seeds

Fruit, Neruda and enjoying the silence:
fresh autumn figs with balsamic caramel, 
fleur de sel and pomegranate seeds

Fall fruit reminds me of Pablo Neruda. Actually, his writing and in particular, the compilation of selected poems (translated by Stephen Mitchell) entitled: full woman,fleshy apple, hot moon. How wonderful is a man who appreciates both the honest curves of women and the beauty of seasonal fruit and can artfully write about both. 


figs pears and grapes

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seeing things from the downside-up and the inside-out

August 20th, 2012

 Pont de L’Archêveché bridge paris 

seeing things from the downside-up and the inside-out: 
melon and honey-ricotta cannoli (with raspberry coulis)

It is the combination of a famous bridge in Paris and a honey bee crashing our dinner party which inspired this week’s simple pleasure: melon and honey – ricotta cannoli (with raspberry coulis). Also this week, peach and tarragon clafoutis. Both recipes make the most of summer’s end. 

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melon and honey-ricotta cannoli (with raspberry coulis)

August 20th, 2012

melon and honey-ricotta cannoli (with raspberry coulis) chef morgan

melon and honey-ricotta cannoli
(with raspberry coulis)

serves 4-5

what you need:

1 sweet, ripe cantaloupe, cut/sliced as indicated 
1 cuplow fat ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons quality honey, room temperature

5 ounces raspberries (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
water (as needed)

fresh mint leaves (as needed)
toasted pine nuts (as needed)
granny smith apple, julienne (as needed)  Read the rest of this entry »