Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

From Todd Coleman for Saveur; adjustments made for Intervale Food Hub members

serves 6-8


3⁄4 lb. rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1 1⁄2" pieces on an angle

1 1⁄2 cups sugar

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus 6 tbsp. cut into 1⁄2" cubes and chilled

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt

2 1⁄2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening

1⁄3 cup milk

2 eggs

Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving (optional)


Heat oven to 375°. Combine rhubarb, 1 cup sugar, 4 tbsp. butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1⁄4 tsp. salt in a 9" cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is melted and rhubarb is tender and slightly caramelized, 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together remaining sugar and salt, plus flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add remaining butter and the shortening and, using your fingers, rub into flour mixture to form coarse pea-size pieces. Add milk and eggs and stir until a soft, sticky dough forms. Place spoonfuls of dough over rhubarb mixture and smooth with a nonstick spatula. Bake until the crust is golden and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove skillet from oven; place a large flat serving platter on top of the skillet and invert quickly and carefully. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream, if you like.