Another fabulous post coming your way from that lovely chef I know (who also happens to be family, how lucky for my taste buds when we get together). She’s getting lots of attention where she is currently cooking and rightfully so! We probably won’t be hearing from her until January, seeing as though this is a very busy time of year for her, so revel in this post.
“You should drink more often.” Was the reply I received from my manager, as he handed me an unopened bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey.
It is very common for hospitality workers to be heavy drinkers. The long days, crazy hours, and stressful environment leads people to find a source to mellow out. It’s a known fact among my collages that I’m the complete opposite. I enjoy cooking and baking with alcohol, but not consuming it. And now I needed to make a dessert for a Whiskey Tasting dinner the following week.
After refilling my water bottle, I got mentally prepared for tasting straight whiskey. I sipped about one teaspoon and quickly scrunched up my face. My inexperienced taste buds can’t get past the intense alcohol flavor. My assistant and her prep cook friends were giggling at me. I quickly rinsed my mouth with water to cleanse my palate. Now I have gotten past the burning alcohol sensation, I was ready to try again. After another taste and scrunched up face, I shouted, “cinnamon!” I tasted a hint of cinnamon! Apple Whiskey Tarte Tatin it is!
Tarte Tatin is a French upside-down fruit tart. Cooked apples are traditional for this dish with puff pastry as a crust. So, I started off cooking my peeled and sliced apples like any other apple desserts. I began by melting unsalted butter in a pot. Then I slowly added brown sugar and cinnamon. Once the apples have become tender, I sampled a piece and it was good. I finally added the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey. The aroma was wonderful! With sweet and honey notes. I tested another apple and it was to die for! The apple just melted in my mouth with the hint of cinnamon, floral, honey and of course whiskey. Pairing it with crunchy and buttery puff pastry will be astounding!
We did receive rave reviews for the Whiskey Tasting dinner and all the guests were enthusiastic for the Honey Whiskey Apple Tarte Tatin.
This recipe is great for any apple dessert. Crisp, pie, crostata, whatever!
Honey Whiskey Apples
6# Apples, peeped, cored, sliced
1/2c Brown Sugar
1c Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey
2T Corn Starch
Method of Preparation:
Melt butter in pot
Add apples, cinnamon and sugar
Cook until tender
Make slurry (water and starch) with corn starch and add to apples
Continue stirring and cooking until thickened
To make Apple Tarte Tatin:
Preheat oven to 375
Grease cake or tart pan
Layer apples in pan
Cut puff pastry to desired shape and dot it with a fork (to allow steam to escape)
Place on apples
Bake until puff pastry is golden brown
About 20-30 minutes
Allow the tarte to cool a few minutes before flipping pan over
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream!