Friday, July 28, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring 
Book 4 in the Five-Ingredient Mysteries
by Maya Corrigan

It’s a cold January in the Chesapeake Bay area, but Cool Down Café manager Val Deniston has plenty to sweat over—like catering a book club event, testing recipes for her Granddad’s cookbook, and catching the author of a deadly tale of murder. . .

The last thing Val needs in her life is an unsolved murder, especially when the victim, an actor famed for impersonating Edgar Allan Poe, happens to be dressed exactly like her Granddad. To keep an eye on Granddad, whose latest job takes him to the home of Rick Usher, a local author inspired by Poe, Val gets herself hired as a cook in Rick’s House of Usher. When she discovers the actor wasn’t the only one doing an impersonation, separating the innocent from the murderous becomes a real-life horror story. But Val must decipher a killer’s M.O. sooner rather than later . . . or she can forget about finding poetic justice.

Includes 6 delicious five-ingredient recipes!

On to the recipe!



All food photos are borrowed from Google Images and it contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished tarte will very in appearance.

Just because a recipe has five ingredients doesn't mean it's easy or quick to make. This tarte takes practice and a lot of courage at the last step when you turn a hot skillet upside-down at the last step and hope the tarte ends up on the plate.

It's best to cut the apples 1-3 days before making the tarte to dry them out. Otherwise, you may end up with too my juice in the tarte. Put the cut apples in a lightly covered bowl in the refrigerator. If you don't have time to let the apples dry out, put a piece of foil under the skillet when it goes in the oven to catch any drips.


6-8 large apples. peeled, cored, and quartered (A mix of Granny Smith and   Honeycrisp apples works well.)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) softened unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 frozen puff pastry
Equipment: a seasoned 10-inch cast iron skillet


   Preheat the oven to 400 degrees when ready to cook. 

   Slice the bottom off each apple to give it a flat base. Peel and quarter the apple lengthwise and remove the cores. See the note above the ingredients about storing apples in the refrigerator for at least one day before cooking. 

   Spread the butter on the bottom and sides of a seasoned 10-inch cast-iron pan and sprinkle the sugar evenly on the bottom. Arrange the apples vertically in the skillet, standing them on the flat end, in concentric circles. Pack the pieces close together so they support one another. Apples that stick higher than the pan rim will shrinks down as they're cooked. 

   Prepare the pastry while the apples are cooking. Follow the directions for defrosting the puff pastry. Then roll it out on a floured surface until it is 1/8 inch thick. Put a 10-inch plate upside-down on the pastry and use a sharp knife to cut out a circle the size of the skillet's top. 

   1. Cook the apples over medium high heat, 15-25 minutes until juice is babbling and a deep golden or light brown color. 

   2. Put the skillet in the oven and bake the apples for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. 

   3. Remove the pan from the oven, lay the pastry circle over the apples, and tuck it around the apples. Bake the tarte at 400 degrees until the pastry is browned, approximately 20 minutes. Check it after 15 minutes to make sure it doesn't get too dark. You want the crust to be a nice golden brown. If it still looks pale after 20 minutes in the oven, bake it a few more minutes.

   Move the skillet to a rack and cool it at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes. Put a cutting board or platter over the skillet. Use potholders to hold the skillet tightly against the board or platter. Turn the skillet upside-down. If apples stick to the skillet, add them to the top of the tarte. 

   If the tarte stands longer than 30 minutes after being baked, heat it over low heat for 1-2 minutes before turning the skillet over. 

   Cut the tarte in wedges and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or just eat plain.

   Serves 8

Adapted from a recipe for "Foolproof Tarte Tatin" by Julia Moskin, The New York Times, October 22, 2014

I've never had tarte tatin, but this is enough to make me wish I had a piece right now!


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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Looks delicious! Happy Friday.

  2. It's almost apple picking season here in New England but I'll be back in Florida. Guess I'll have to use store bought apples. pgenest57 at aol dot com

  3. Thanks for sharing your post, Lisa.

  4. The tart looks good but might be above my skill level. The story sounds good. I haven't heard of this series. This week I have an urban fantasy novel - Blood Gamble by Melissa F. Olson. Happy reading!

  5. That tart and the cozy both look really good! :-) Happy weekend!

  6. That tasty tart is making me drool...seriously! The book looks tempting, too. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “EMMA IN THE NIGHT”

  7. I'm all about anything with puff pastry! This sounds amazing and not to hard. I love the idea of a puff pastry crust instead of a standard pie crust. The book looks just as good! This is an author I've been wanting to read.

  8. This book looks so good and those recipes look yummy!

  9. You're killing me. That looks so scrumptious!LOL I've always wanted to visit the Chesapeake area. See the sights, cruise the small towns, maybe spot some ponies. Plus a book about book clubs is always a winner. Love cozies!

    My Friday 56 from Refuge For Masterminds

  10. Love the tension in that 56 and the title of this one made me smile so big. Happy weekend!

  11. Love the sound of this book would like to

  12. That Tart looks amazing. I need a cool morning/day to make one.
    Thank you for sharing!

  13. Delicious! And I'm talking about the apple tart and the snippets. Sounds quite yummy.

  14. With my luck that tart would be all over the floor...but it sounds so good! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me