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November 23, 2013

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Think of it as “the world’s greatest apple pie,” Nick Massie says.

The tarte tatin—a special holiday treat—has its origins in the French countryside. It’s an upside-down tart in which the fruit—usually apples—is caramelized in butter and sugar before being baked. Massie, a chef who runs, shows you how to prepare the sugary indulgence that’s meant to be a rare reward rather than a regular part of a diet oriented toward athletic performance.

Once the pan is coated with butter and sugar, the sliced apples are placed on top.

“Keep in the mind that the design that you create is going to be showing,” Massie advises.

Then it’s off to the stovetop.

“Watch for the caramel on the bottom … to start bubblin’ up through,” he says.

Once the caramel is a rich golden color, the tart goes into the oven. After some time, a pastry sheet is added before more baking occurs. Et voilà!

Although the middle of the tart is a bit burned, Massie says that’s nothing to worry about.

“If you guys don’t want to eat this part, eat around the edge and I’ll take that,” he adds. “Doesn’t bother me.”

To download the recipe for tarte tatin, click here.

Video by Marston Sawyers, Nick Massie and Julian Marquez.

3min 56sec

HD file size: 72 MB
SD mov file size: 27 MB

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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 218 by Justin Judkins, published April 4, 2012.

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