Love is in the air!! Can you feel it too?
For today though, let’s not just decorate the tart with the classic (and boring) lattice on top. But lots of heart-shaped cookies, making this a great romantic dessert to share with your Valentine.
Ingredients: to make an 11 in (28 cm) tart, serving 8 to 12 people
- 1 cup (150 gr) of roasted whole almonds
- 6 oz (170 gr) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup (100 gr) of sugar
- zest of one lemon
- 2 eggs (divided) on egg white will be used to yolk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- one pinch of salt
- 2 cups (300 gr) of all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of milk (if needed)
- 14 oz (400 gr) of cherry preserve (you can also use orange, apricot, peach or your favorite)
- 1/4 cup (30 gr) of almonds slices
- powdered sugar for decoration (optional)
Preparation time: about 30 minutes preparation, 45 minutes baking, plus one hour inactive
1. In a food processor, mix the whole almonds until mostly grounded. Add the butter and the sugar. Process some more.
3. Divide the dough in two parts, a larger (for the crust) and smaller (to decorate the top). I suggest about 2/3 and 1/3. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about one hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 350º F (175º C). Grease an 11 inch tart (28 cm) with butter and flour (or spray).
Remove the largest dough from the refrigerator, and roll it on a lightly floured surface to a circle of about 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. Move the dough onto the tart pan, helping yourself with the rolling pin. Don’t worry if the dough breaks, you can easily put it together with your fingers, once on the pan. Because of the almonds, the dough is a little more crumbly than your usual dough, so a little harder to move.
5. Cut the excess dough around the edges. And add little pieces if necessary. Prick the bottom with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in the middle part of the oven.
Make sure to use the cutouts to bake a few cookies… so you can taste the almond crust! Delicious :)
7. Spread the cherry preserve onto the bottom of the crust. Sprinkle with the almond slices. Move the cookies carefully on top and decorate.
Beat the egg white, and brush the dough on top. This will give it a brownish, shiny look.You can also use a whole egg (beaten) or milk. I don’t like to throw away food, so I just used the left over egg white from the dough.