Apricot and Almond Tart
Jan 30th 2012, 10:17
Makes 18-20 slices
The delicious combination of almonds and apricots was made in food heaven. The bonus for this recipes is that the pastry doesn’t have to be baked blind.
375ml (1 ½ cups) cake flour
45ml (3 Tbsp) icing sugar
1ml (1/4 t) salt
125g ice-cold butter, cubed
45ml (3 Tbsp) ice water
1 large egg yolk, beaten
200g (2 packets) ground almonds
125ml (1/2 cup) castor sugar
125g soft butter
1 large egg
10ml (2 t) vanilla essence
2ml almond essence
1 tin (410g) Rhodes Apricot Halves in Syrup, reserve 30ml (2 Tbsp) of the syrup
80ml (1/3 cup) Rhodes Smooth Apricot Jam
Process the flour, icing sugar, salt and butter in a food processor to form crumbs. Add the water and egg yolk and pulse to form moist crumbs (add a few extra drops of water if the dough is too dry). Work the dough into a ball, cover with cling film and leave to cool [in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Roll the dough out thinly on a flour-dusted surface and then use it to line a 30cm springform tart tin. Prick the dough and bake it for 15 minutes. Press flat any bubbles that form with a wooden spoon. Let the crust cool. To prepare the filling, beat the ground almonds, castor sugar, butter, egg and essences to form a thick paste. Place in the cooled crust and spread evenly. Arrange the apricots (pip cavities facing down) over the almond filling. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until light golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Heat the apricot jam and syrup until smooth and use it to coat the tart.
* Make individual tarts in small (7cm) tart dishes with one apricot in the centre.
* You can make your own ground almonds by pulsing raw almonds in a food processor.
* For a strong marzipan flavour, increase the almond essence quantity to 5ml.
Rhodes keeps abreast of new food trends – and right now fresh red figs are more popular than green figs. So, it gives Rhodes great pleasure to launch their Red Fig Fruit Jam in a convenient glass jar.
Rhodes takes what they do seriously but they also have time for some fun. This is why they are proud to launch the exciting new 400 g Rhodes Very Cherry™ in cherry-flavoured light syrup. Rhodes Very Cherry™ is a first in South Africa – but internationally this is already a well-known product line.
Rhodes Two Fruits™ is a new mouth-watering canned fruit treat that is both economical and delicious. Made from choice grade diced peaches and pears in a syrup, Rhodes Two Fruits™ in a can is a convenient way to enjoy seasonal fruit, preservative free, all year round.
At Rhodes, they take pride in their innovative spirit and jam-making skills. At the same time, they also realise the importance of keeping and enhancing traditonal South African favourites. This is why Rhodes is so excited to launch their new 450 g Rhodes Chunky Apricot Jam.
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