Dana Slatkin

Easy Tarte Tatin

Tarte TatinMost of my friends are thrilled to get a vacation from cooking. Their idea of blissful liberation is dining out every meal, the farther away from their stoves the better. Not so for this urban farmgirl.

For me, the best family holiday involves simply a kitchen relocation. Who needs room service when you have a minibar and coffee maker?

On a rainy day in Maui, I cooked up this cheerful dessert in the toaster oven at our rental. All you need is a heavy skillet and some very easy-to-find ingredients. But the end result is anything but basic. What I love about this thick, juicy tart is that it’s all about the fruit. Choose large, firm apples (pears are delectable, too) and quarter them into ample wedges so they won’t turn to mush while baking.

With a glass of milk or coffee, it’s just the nightcap you need after a day of family revelry. Because to me, the smell of dessert baking in the oven always says home sweet home.

Toast the New Year with my Pumpkin Pie Champagne Cocktails!

There is still time to enter my December cooking contest. Don’t pass up a chance to win some fun kitchen surprises!

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