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A Delicious Tart Made with Fresh Apricots

Regarding dessert, tiny fruits merit tiny tarts like this recipe for a fresh apricot tart. I am trying to make smaller desserts: small-batch cookies, cakes, and (case in point) tarts. This approach yields fewer tempting leftovers. As it turns out, I have a very small and rather adorable pie plate that is just the right size for a half batch of my pâte brisée (pie crust). Continue reading here for the original article by Cocoa & Lavender.

Tart with Fresh Apricots

Fresh Apricot Tart

David Scott Allen I Cocoa & Lavender
If you are looking for a little treat to share with your family after a delicious dinner this apricot tart is perfect! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 3/8 oz White Flour see notes
  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour see notes
  • 2 tbsp Sugar divided
  • 4 tbsp Chilled Butter cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp milk chilled, whole, 2%, or 1%
  • 2 heaping tbsp of Apricot Jam room temperature (see notes)
  • 9-10 small Apricots or 6 large apricots
  • Almond or Vanilla extract
  • Egg White or Additional Milk for brushing
  • Vanilla Ice Cream for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the two flours and sugar. Add the chilled butter and toss to coat. Using your fingers, pinch the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles cornflakes. Sprinkle this mixture with the milk and, using a fork, toss the mixture until it begins to come together. Finish bringing it together with your hands.
  • On a well-floured board or countertop, roll out the dough to a 9-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Place the dough in a small 8" pie plate with a flat rim. Using a 1 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut semi-circles around the rim, as shown in the photo above. Place the pie crust in the refrigerator while you heat the oven and prepare the apricots.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Slice the apricots in half; remove and discard the pits. Place apricot halves in a small bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Sprinkle over a few drops of extract and mix. Let’s sit for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavours to blend.
  • Remove the crust from the refrigerator and spoon the apricot jam onto the base. Spread it evenly to the edges of the bottom. Take the sugared apricot halves and place them, cut-side down, around the outer edge of the tart, then fill in the center with the remaining halves. If any sugar remains in the bowl, sprinkle it over top. If any apricot halves remain, eat them!
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the visible edges of the crust with egg white or milk. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Don’t worry if the jam seems a little loose; it will firm up as it cools.
  • Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like.

Notes

If you do not have a kitchen scale, measure a third of a cup of the white flour and place it in the bowl. Fill the 1/3 cup measure again but only halfway with white flour, then fill it to the top with whole wheat flour. (Much easier than using fractions!).
Using part whole wheat flour adds flavour and texture without making the crust heavy or tough. If the apricot jam you have is very chunky, purée the large chunks before spreading the jam in the crust.
Double this crust recipe for a 10-inch pie plate with a flat rim. The number of apricots will depend on their size. Baking time should remain the same.
Keyword Apricots, French Desserts, Tarts
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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