Measuring 9-3/4 inches in diameter, this shallow round-shaped tarte tatin pan makes a delightful addition to any home-chef's collection of cookware. Use it for anything from freshly baked upside-down cakes and fruit pies to the classic French pastry known as tarte tatin. The authentically styled pan features a wide flat base and uniquely inverted cast-iron side handles, surrounding the rim and growing wider, loop style, on two sides for a secure grip when flipping the dish to release contents onto a plate or platter.
Like other pieces in Le Creuset's line of enameled cast iron, the cookware's exterior features a colorful, long-lasting enamel that resists chipping and cracking, while its durable, nonreactive, sand-colored interior enamel offers a smooth surface for cooking and baking. As cast iron is unexcelled for even heat distribution and superior heat retention, and enamel is impervious to acids and odors, the vessel cooks food uniformly and gently without hot spots and can be used for cooking on the stovetop or finishing in the oven. The cookware can be safely used at any oven temperature, under the broiler, and on any stovetop surface, including induction. Best of all, it moves gracefully from the oven to the table for serving to the refrigerator or freezer for storing leftovers. The cookware carries a lifetime limited warranty and should be hand washed for best results.
Designed specifically for preparing pastry-topped dishes like tarte Tatin that start on the stovetop, finish in the oven, and then must be flipped onto a platter for serving, this round, 9-3/4-inch, 2-inch-deep pan is versatile enough to be used in many ways. It's ideal for deep-dish pies, cakes, and quiches. And because it's safe on any stovetop, including induction, it can brown and sauté foods. Large, flat handles on the sides facilitate flipping pastry-topped dishes and permit the pan to be carried ceremoniously to the table. A recipe booklet accompanying the pan recounts the tale of tarte Tatin's accidental invention.
The pan is made of cast iron, with both exterior and interior clad in two coats of Le Creuset's famous bright enamel. As cast iron is unexcelled for heat distribution and retention and enamel is impervious to acids and odors, the pan cooks food evenly and gently without hot spots and can be used for marinating. It's also dishwasher-safe. Like all Le Creuset cast-iron cookware, the pan is hand cast in a one-of-a-kind sand mold and hand finished at the Le Creuset factory in France. It carries a lifetime warranty against defects. --Fred Brack