YESTERDAY I USED THE LAST OF THE APPLES (thirteen smallish ones) to make this Tarte Tatin from Julia Child’s The Way to Cook. After many iterations she calls this recipe the definitive one. She is right. It was delicious! The spartan apples held up very nicely.

ADDENDUM: I have never been a big fan of apple pie, eating or baking it. This, however is the ultimate apple pie. One crust, perfectly cooked apples bathed in buttery caramel. I had a slice this morning with a cup of tea and the crust remained crisp and the perfect foil to the apples. With a spoonful of whipped cream lightly sweetened and enriched with some soft goat cheese, it was sublime. This is the apple pie in my future!