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Apricot Tart

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Before we all move on to apples and pumpkin, lets make the most of the last stone fruits-apricots, peaches and plums, the former and the latter so delicious in cakes and tarts, and so often overlooked in favour of the almighty apple pie.

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This beauty comes from one of my favourite new books of the summer, How to Eat a Peach, by the great British food writer Diana Henry. (The title was inspired by a night in Italy when the author was in her twenties, and a couple at the next table at the outdoor trattoria she was dining at were served a bowl of ripe peaches, which they sliced into glasses of cold moscato; they’d then sip the bubbly wine, now infused with peach, and eat the peach slices, now imbued with the flavour of the wine.)

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It’s one of those desserts you may glance at and think is too fussy, and while it looks it, it’s really not – it uses a ground almond pastry base you blitz in the food processor and press into the tart pan, and a simple frangipane filling (butter, sugar, egg, almonds, flour) you spread in the crust to anchor thick slices of apricot, although I suspect it would be a perfect vehicle for cherries, plums, nectarines or peaches, too.

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The formula is adapted slightly – the original calls for superfine sugar, which I find unnecessary and not commonly kept in home kitchens; I also used salted butter instead of unsalted, and used vanilla in place of the 1/2 tsp amaretto in the pastry and frangipane, simply because I’m not a fan of amaretto and so don’t have a bottle. I also cut my apricots into thick wedges—6 for the large, and quarters for the small—rather than halves. Either works!

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I know summer is slipping away, but it’s still beautiful and hot out east, and although cooler in Alberta, the dropping temperature makes me want to turn on the oven – and with so much produce still at the markets, it’s really perfect baking season right now.

Apricot Tart
Apricot Tart

Apricot Tart

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September 19, 2018

Ingredients

Pastry:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup ground almonds

pinch salt

3/4 cup butter (salted or unsalted)

1 egg yolk

1/2 tsp amaretto or vanilla

Frangipane:

3 Tbsp butter, softened

3 Tbsp sugar

1 large egg

1/2 tsp amaretto or vanilla

1/4 cup ground almonds

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Filling:

1 1/2-2 lb ripe apricots, pitted and halved or thickly sliced

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup sliced almonds

icing sugar, for dusting

Directions

1To make the pastry, blitz the flour, sugar almonds and a pinch of salt in a food processor for a few seconds, Add the butter and pulse again until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the egg yolk and amaretto and blend until the mixture forms a ball. (If it doesn’t, see if the mixture holds together when you squeeze it—if not, add a couple spoonfuls of cold water and blitz again.) Diana suggests shaping the dough into a salami shape and refrigerating for at least two hours, then slicing the dough thinly to line your tart pan. I just pressed the mixture, which resembled fresh bread crumbs, into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Put it into the freezer while you make the frangipane and slice the fruit. And preheat your oven to 350?F.

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3To make the frangipane, beat the butter and sugar until light; beat in the egg and amaretto or vanilla, then the ground almonds and flour. Toss the apricot wedges or halves with the sugar.

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5Spread the frangipane over the chilled crust—it will look like not much, but will puff up around the fruit. Arrange the apricots overtop, fitting them snugly—the fruit will shrink a bit as it cooks. Bake for 30 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 300?F and sprinkle the top with the almonds and some icing sugar, then return to the oven for 35-45 minutes, until golden and set. Let cool, and dust with more icing sugar before serving. Serves 8 (or more).

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7 comments on “Apricot Tart

  1. Onkar Bhosale
    September 24, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Thank you for a beautiful apricot tart recipe. Made this tonight for my family and the kitchen smells divine. It tastes even better.

    • Julie
      September 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      So great to hear it Onkar!

  2. Beth
    September 24, 2018 at 9:28 am

    This is a great recipe! Our family is firmly in the “pie” camp and this was a nice variation from the traditional pie. I used peaches, and I didn’t bother to sprinkle them with sugar because they are so sweet right now. We will definitely use this recipe again.

    • Julie
      September 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Amazing. It would be divine with peaches!

  3. Jennifer
    October 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Cannot wait to try this! Thanks for all the great recipes you take the time to give us :)

    • Julie
      October 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)

  4. rogerphillips
    October 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    DREAMING of these right now! The tart looks amazing!!
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