This is Tarte Tatin ...
... five minutes before I burned it to a black crisp.
I followed the directions to caramelize the apples on "the highest heat" despite reservations, and the beautiful, buttery brown caramel went from looking good to road tar in less than 10 seconds. I don't know what happened in those ten seconds, but that is some pretty unforgiving chemistry.
My first official tarte fail.