Almond Tart

Almonds are awesome! This can be the perfect dessert to end a special meal.

You’ll Need

For the Pastry
· 1 ½ cups flour
· 4 egg yolks
· ½ teaspoon salt
· ½ cup sugar
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· ¼ pound butter

For the Filling
· ¼ pound butter
· 1 cup chopped almonds
· ¾ cup ground almonds
· 2/3 cup sugar
· 3 eggs
· ¼ cup cornstarch
· ½ teaspoon baking powder
· A pinch of salt


For the Pastry· Combine pastry ingredients by hand or in a food processor to form a soft dough. Do not overmix.
· Chill for 30 minutes.
· Roll out and line an 11-or-12-inch pie or tart pan.
· Prick the base and chill for 15-to-20 minutes.
· Preheat oven to 375F.

For the Filling· Heat 1/3 of the butter in a saute pan, add the chopped almonds and saute over medium heat until browned.
· Cool.
· Melt the remaining butter in a small saucepan.
· Cool.
· Mix the ground almonds and sugar in a bowl and add the eggs one by one, beating after each addition until the mixture is light and thick.
· Sift the corn starch with the baking powder and salt and fold into the almond mixture.
· Fold in the melted butter.
· Do not overmix.
· Pour the mixture into the tart shell and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the batter begins to set.
· Quickly scatter the chopped almonds over the top in one even layer.
· Return the tart to the oven and continue baking for 17-to-20 minutes or until the pastry is brown and the filling is firm.

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