I love it when a recipe surprises you.....in a good way, of course. This Almond Tart from the King Arthur Flour website, the Avid Baker's challenge for September, did just that. I don't recall now what I was expecting when I saw this month's selection, but it certainly wasn't an easy recipe that used only pantry staples, nor was it an elegant tart with a tender shortbread crust and moist filling redolent with almond.
The first step was to contend with the almond cookie crust which was perfect for the pastry challenged like me: no rolling required! There was some chilling and pre-baking needed, but it didn't involve much time.
The filling, with (more) ground almonds, sugar, butter and eggs was even easier to make, taking just a few minutes to put together. Both crust and filling called for almond extract, a flavouring I find quite potent and best used rather judiciously, so I used only half.
Coming out of the oven, the tart was quite plain looking but with a few garnishes (I skipped the glaze in the recipe) was easily made company-worthy. Some vanilla poached peaches finished it nicely. This was a huge crowd-pleaser and something I will definitely make again.
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