Sunday, August 24, 2008

Nectarine and Almond Tart with Lavender Honey

Last night my friend K. had a housewarming party and I brought this tart over. The crust is my fav Martha Stewart pastry dough recipe, the frangipane is from Bill Granger's, Bills Food, always an amazing source of inspiration.

My stomach is grumbling and I'm thinking of all the food they had at the party last night. I should have brought some home like they said. Right now I'm kicking myself for not taking any of K.'s boyfriend's macaroni salad -- it was so good, with dill and tuna, and I could really go for some right now. Damn.

Nectarine and Almond Tart with Lavender Honey

serves 8-10

you will need: a 10" tart pan


for pastry crust:

1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 t. sugar
7 T. butter, chopped
1/2 T. distilled white vinegar
1 oz. ice water

for frangipane:

2 1/2 oz. butter, chopped
1/3 c. sugar
3/4 c. finely ground almonds/ almond meal
2 egg yolks
1/2 t. vanilla extract

for topping:

1 large nectarine, sliced thin
1/2 t. lavender
2 t. honey

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Put lavender in small bowl with honey (can be done up to 2 weeks ahead of time).

2. To make pastry dough, pulse flour and 1/2 t. sugar together in bowl of food processor. Add 7 T. butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour in vinegar and ice water. Process until dough just comes together. Pat into a disc. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Place in tart pan, roll off edges.

3. Prick bottom and sides with fork. Line tart shell with aluminum foil. Put pie weights or uncooked rice on top of foil. Put in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.

4. Remove tart shell from oven. Remove aluminum and pie weights.

5. While tart shell is baking, mix 2 1/2 oz. butter, 1/3 c sugar, the ground almonds, egg yolks, and vanilla together in the food processor until combined.

6. Spread almond mixture evenly in the tart shell with a spatula.

7. Arrange nectarine slices neatly on top of the frangipane. Return tart to oven. Let bake 15 minutes.

8. Take tart out of oven. Carefully brush nectarine slices with honey, making sure to dab with lavender as well. Return to oven. Bake another 10 minutes.

9. Take from oven. Let cool on rack.

10. Serve and enjoy.

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