Almond Tarts

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Preparation info

  • Makes

    24

    tartlets
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

A Week in the Kitchen

By Karen Dudley

Published 2012

  • About

When my mom collected me from school, she would often have a treat that she had picked up from a bakery, some treasure that she had discovered. In my young experience, nothing was ordinary. And the shared delight of something pure and good remains with me. This crisp almond tart recalls that simple pleasure.

Ingredients

Short crust pastry

  • 300 g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 200 g cold butter, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk (from a large egg)
  • 1 tbsp chilled water

Method

To make the pastry, place the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. With the processor’s motor running, add the egg yolk and water and process until the mixture comes together and forms a ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, flatten the pastry into a disc shape, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the Frangipane. In a standing mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg and the almond essence. Stir in the almonds (leave some to sprinkle on top at the finish) and the flour. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

To assemble, line the muffin tins with crosses of baking paper strips. This cunning ploy will allow you to remove the tartlets painlessly. Using your fingers, make little tart bases in the muffin tins by lining each one with about tablespoon of the pastry. You do not want your base to be too thick. The pastry should come to about halfway up the cup. The cases should have the free-form appearance of a homemade pastry case!

Prick the pastry in each case with a fork, and blind bake the shells for 10 minutes or until golden. Once the shells have cooled slightly, spread about teaspoons of jam into each tart shell. Then spread 2 teaspoons of almond paste on top of the jam. Finish with a generous sprinkling of the flaked almonds.

Bake at 180°C for 20–25 minutes and slightly browned on the top. Leave to cool before dusting with icing sugar.