Butter-Inspired

by Heather on October 26, 2010

Heather is on Faces of Beauty today!

Do you really need an explanation here?  I think we all know how I feel about butter.  And cheese.  And anything that’s “not good for you.”

But remember – it IS good for you since it makes you smile!

Last week I got a big package in the mail from the incredibly kind people at Kerrygold that was FILLED with butter and cheese!  Can you imagine?!  And I had it delivered to my office, which I’m sure you can only imagine was a feat in and of itself to hide it from everyone.  Hey, I didn’t want anyone stealing my butter!

Anyway, I have big plans for said cheese and butter…HUGE plans.  But as soon as I got it I had to make something with it.  Immediately.

I was like a kid on Christmas morning.

So I poured myself a glass of Crystal Lite pink lemonade and got started.  Totally normal.

I chose to make Ina Garten’s Apple Cake Tatin for the office.  Just so you know, I doubled the recipe, which normally calls for the tatin to be made in a 9-inch round baking dish.

First you butter the dish.  You really do need a bit more butter than normal here.  Why?  You’re going to be turning the tatin upside-down so and it has a sticky caramel sauce on the bottom.  You want about 3 Tbsp of the good stuff to grease the pan really well.

Take about 3 large Granny Smith apples.  Peel them, cut them in half and then cut each half into 4 equal slices.  Make whatever pattern you want on the bottom of the pan.  Or just dump them in.  Whatever floats your boat.

There’s batter to be made as well.  I made mine first and let it sit for a few minutes while the sugar caramelized, but you can do whatever you’d like.  The point is you have to use butter.

Duh.

Clearly Keira was wondering what in the world I was doing in the kitchen.

Hey, I wasn’t snuggling and petting her.  She was upset.

So this is the fun part – making the caramel syrup.  Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried making caramel several times and it always fails.

Always.

When I made this one I followed the directions to a T…and it was a success!  Who would’ve thought?! :)

The key is do not stir it with a spoon.  Only swirl the syrup!

Like Ina says, when it starts to reach a nice amber color, it’s done.  Pour over the apples evenly. Die of happiness from the aroma of butter, apples, and caramel.

Pour the batter evenly over the apples covered in caramel…just to clarify, I spooned the batter on top then spread it with the back of a spatula.  Just use whatever cake-pouring technique you like.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let it rest for 15 minutes, then cover the top of the pan with a plate, cake stand, or baking sheet.  Hold on to the edges of the pan and flip the cake upside down!

Y’all, this looks fancy but it’s incredibly easy.  And it TASTES like heaven.  I mean, just look at it!  How could it not be amazing?!

I’m drooling just thinking of it right now…totally normal for 6am, right?

I can’t wait to share more butter recipes with you guys!  Especially since that means I will need to eat everything sample it all.

Quality control time is my favorite time ;)

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet October 26, 2010

Mmmm I LOVE Kerrygold. It is amazing. And no recipe by Ina ever fails me. I adore her.

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2 Matt October 26, 2010

I LOVE Kerrygold butter! It is the only kind I will use!

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3 Emily October 26, 2010

This dish is absolutely beautiful with the caramel on top. What skills! Also – I drink Crystal Lite all the time – totally normal!

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4 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self October 26, 2010

WOW! You made excellent use of that butter!

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5 Anna October 26, 2010

That is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the presentation! And I love the ample butter use more :-)

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6 Amy @ Second City Randomness October 26, 2010

I know the guys at my work would have sniffed that out! lol- they can just sense would free food is within 50 feet. It’s nuts.

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7 Angela@Life given October 26, 2010

I love Ina’s style of cooking. Also about a month ago I purchased the kerryGold cheese to pair with some crusty bread, chips, and hummus while doing my girlfriends hair. It’s pretty much my favorite cheese now:)

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8 couchpotatoathlete October 26, 2010

Is there anything better than a big buttery baked good? No :)

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9 KeepItSweet October 26, 2010

that looks amazing! i love that you drank crystal light while making a butter-filled dessert, totally what i would do lol

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10 LiveForTheRun October 26, 2010

Somewhere, Paula Deen is blushing. You are butter’s bestie for sure.

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11 kristastes October 26, 2010

Send me that, please? Cool, thanks! :)

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12 Salah October 26, 2010

yuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmm

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13 Tina October 26, 2010

That is a lot of butter! LOL

You weren’t speaking to me when saying not to be scared of that recipe were you? Oh, you know me too well! Desserts are the one thing I usually feel comfortable making, but that does look intricate. So good though too!

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14 Alina (Duty Free Foodie) October 26, 2010

This looks ah-ma-zing! I am not convinced that butter is anything but good for you, though – people have been eating it safely for ages. I really wish we had Kerrygold in Canada!

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15 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 26, 2010

Ina is always my go-to! Every recipe I’ve ever made from her has been nothing short of perfection! This looks like no exception :)

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16 lindsay October 26, 2010

seriously, best butter on EARTH!!! And their sharp cheddar, to DIE for!!

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17 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic October 26, 2010

I love butter and cheese – AND Ina Garten! I’ve never tried the Kerrygold brand before but will give it a shot next time I’m at the grocery store. I am drooling over your apple tartin too!

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18 Mads October 26, 2010

I cannot fathom my reaction to opening a package filled with butter and cheese, but I’m guessing somebody would need to be there to catch me.

Amazing.

This looks delicious and buttery and gooey and incredible.

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19 Mary October 26, 2010

its official, I’m in love with your dog. You can ship her to Raleigh, NC please and thanks ;) oh, and you can come too if you want to!

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20 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 26, 2010

Oooohhhh, this looks AMAZINGG. I wish I worked at your office so I could get a slice, lol.

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21 spabettie October 26, 2010

aw, Sweet Keira… Basil does the same thing – sits and watches me in the kitchen, hoping and WILLING something to fall… :)

This looks and sounds AMAZING. I love Ina.

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22 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice October 26, 2010

I’m actually about to lick my computer screen.

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23 Meaghen October 26, 2010

Everyone is making upside down cakes these days…. I know what I’m making for the family this weekend for dessert!

I’ve never tried Kerrygold butter or cheese before. I don’t think you can get it in Canada, but I have seen it at Wegmans in the U.S… maybe I will have to pick some up.

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24 Beth @kitchen minions October 26, 2010

Ohh yummy butter and cheese! I can’t see what you do with that

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25 Lauren October 26, 2010

Butter makes it better!

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26 Stephanie @cookinfanatic October 26, 2010

I adore that Kerrygold butter! This apple cake tatin looks like the perfect fall treat!

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27 Natalia - a side of simple October 27, 2010

Looks delicious! When I was in Ireland and visiting County Kerry, it was pretty much against the law to have anything but Kerrygold. I didn’t have a problem with that law at all! :)

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28 Sarah October 28, 2010

I am a big fan of real butter and quality cheese. I have heard some great things about Kerrygold products, too. And that dessert? Looks absolutely mouth-watering.

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