Tarte Tatin …brilliant creation of Caroline Tatin

A fruit bowl full of apples and pears, and another bowl of walnuts from Grenoble suggested a Tarte Tatin or as it should be correctly titled, according to Curnonsky the Prince of Gastronomes, La Tarte des Demoiselles Tatin. This fabulous dessert arrived seemingly by accident. Caroline Tatin was a wondrous cook, but apt to rush at things without thinking. Apparently she cooked and served an apple tart, which she had mistakenly placed upside down on the baking tray. Rather than admit a mistake had been made, she claimed that it had been her intention to produce such a dish. It was so delicious that it enhanced the reputation of their hotel in La Motte Beuvron to an even higher level than it already held. The pictures that follow show how the picture develops from the RAW to the finished picture above.

The original RAW shot in poor daylight, handheld, and underexposed to give me some depth of field.

This shows the first manipulation to correct the exposure in.  Photoshop.

At this point I have cropped the picture and added some white background on the left hand side, which is not very clear here as tha page background is white as well!

Next I clone the slate to fill in the white back ground.

Finally the colour has to be adjusted, and masks made to raise light in different areas. And back to the top to see the finished version. Both cooking and photography take time and neither is more or less important than the other – although the taste of the tart after a long session on Photoshop would be a welcome reward, if it were not being taken to our daughter’s tomorrow as our contribution for Father’s Day lunch. I cannot even risk tasting it as our grandchildren would be very unforgiving. I should also apologise for the insane layout as WordPress seems rather uncontrollable in that area.


About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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3 Responses to Tarte Tatin …brilliant creation of Caroline Tatin

  1. The Master at Work …. Very Good !!!

  2. Stunning dessert! And that’s just like a chef not to admit a mistake.:)

  3. What a great mini-tutorial! Thanks so much! Sorry that you can’t dive into the tarte tatin right now. Happy Father’s Day!

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