This is a recipe for a quick & easy apricot tart that I obtained from Marie-José "Zézé" Fournier.
- Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Bake time: 15 minutes
- Makes 16-20 servings.
- 1 standard package of ready-made of pâte sablée from the supermarket.
- A standard round sheet weighs about 230 grams (½ lb), has a diameter of about 33 cm (≈ 13"), and is rolled up with oven paper on both sides
- Pâte sablée is the richest of the two basic forms of French shortcrust pastry dough (the other one being pâte brisée). It has a crumbly, sandy texture, hence the name. Often used for tarts, quiches, etc. Can be sweet or savory.
- 100 grams butter, warmed enough such that it is very soft
- 125 grams (1/4 lb) ground almonds (F: amandes en poudre); this is a standard size package
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 100 grams fine crystal sugar
- Adjust the amount to taste, to the fruit used (apricots, plums, etc.), and whether using fresh fruit or fruit on syrup from a can
- Optional: substitute some of the sugar with the same amount of vanilla sugar (standard packages of 7 or 8 grams)
- 1 large can of apricot halves (850 ml, 475 grams = 1 lb drained weight)
EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
- Shallow thin metal pizza pan, about the same diameter as the pastry dough sheet
- Medium size bowl
- Sieve or colander (for draining the apricot halves)
PREPARATION / DIRECTIONS
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 °C (390 °F)
- Put the apricot halves in the sieve or colander, and let drain (lightly toss on in a while)
- The apricots must be drained well, but there is no need to pat dry with kitchen paper.
- Unroll the sheet of puff pastry dough onto the pizza pan.
- Do not remove the oven paper underneath the dough!
- Trim off the excess oven paper with a knife or scissors
- Put the butter, almond powder, egg, egg white, and sugar in a bowl, and mix well
- Spread the almond mix evenly across the dough (easiest with a large table knife)
- Put the apricot halves on top of the almond spread (round side up!)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes at the center of the oven, until golden
- It is OK if the tart is slightly darker at the edges than at the center
- Depending on the oven (fan, top + bottom heat,..) you may want to first bake for 5 minutes with the rack at the lowest position (to ensure that the dough gets baked through), then move to the middle of the oven.
The apricot tart (very slightly over-baked)
- My recipe for a similarly sized thin apple or fig tart is here.
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