Tarte Tatin - a glorious mistake. In the mid- 19th century, the story goes, the demoiselles Tatin were left penniless when their father died. Luckily they lived just opposite the new railroad station at Lamotte-Beuvron, a small town south of Orleans. They took in travelers and baked the crusty, dark apple tart their father had loved so much.
One day during hunting season, one of the sisters was distracted and prepared the Tarte totally upsidedown with apples and caramel on bottom and crust on top. When it came out of the oven, she flipped it (so the crust was on bottom) and served it before it had time to cool, et voila! Tarte Tatin
What a delicious mistake.
Fortune smiled, and the Hotel Tatin is there to this day, still serving a remarkable tart baked in a wood-fired oven and topped with chunks of lightly singed caramelized apple.