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This elegant Mauviel Cuprinox Tart Tatin is made in France, and is specially designed for luscious apple desserts. Mind you there is nothing stopping you from using other fruits to make an upside down fruit tart.
The pan is available in two sizes – One measuring 9.5″ across and the other 11.2-inches in diameter.
The story goes that the upside down apple tart or Tarte Tatin was first served in the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France in 1889.
The tarte was the result of an accident when one of the Tatin sisters, being overworked forgot about the apples cooking in the butter and sugar. When she realized that the apples were burning she attempted to save the dish by putting the pastry base on top of the pan of apples and placing the pan in the oven. When the dish was turned out the dessert was presented with the apples on top of the pastry.
The hotel guests liked the dessert and it became a standard feature of the menu.
The restaurateur Louis Vaudable tasted the dish when he was traveling through Sologne and was so impressed he included the dessert on the menu of his restaurant, Maxim’s in Paris.
So that is apparently how an ordinary apple pie became a new delicious creation in its own right.
And now you can create your own delightful tarte tatin in the Mauviel tarte tatin pan. This pan is made from copper which is the best material for conducting heat and it. Copper is 2 times more conductive than aluminum and 10 times more conductive that stainless steel, making it the best material for cooking with. It’s ability to heat up evenly and quickly as well as cool down quickly gives you complete control and gives you excellent cooking results plus, it caramelizes sugar perfectly and evenly over a low heat.
The pan has a traditional tin wash interior which makes it easy to clean and non-reactive with food.
There are a pair of small copper handles so that you can easily lift and carry the pan around. To keep this pan looking lovely, hand washing is recommended.
Mauviel have a limited lifetime warranty on their copper cookware.
So there you have it, the perfect pan for the perfect dessert. There are a number of variation on the Tarte Tatin recipe available and I found one in this delightful book Caramel: Recipes for Deliciously Gooey Desserts which also includes a whole range of scrumptious desserts.