Making a French tart may seem like a daunting task but my Berries and Alamandine Tart with a pre-made crust really can be made in a matter of minutes and is the perfect dessert to showcase the gorgeous berries that are filling the market. Take a little time to get in the kitchen today and whip this up for the people in your life, you will be glad you did!
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Berries and Almandine Tart
1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup cold butter
½ cup+ 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup blanched almonds
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract
Pinch of salt
1 ¼ cup fresh berries
¼ cup apricot jam
2 tablespoons water
Combine flour sugar and salt in a food processor and process to combine. Add cold butter cut into cubes and process until dough forms a ball. Prepare tart pan by coating with butter or non-stick spray. Press crust into pan evenly. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chill crust for 15 minute in the freezer. Prick bottom of crust with fork, line with foil and fill with beans or pie weights and bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and continue baking until crust is lightly browned about 4-5 more minute.
Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Place almonds, ¼ cup sugar and a pinch of salt in the food processor and process until almonds are a fine powder. In a small mixing bowl cream butter and remaining ¼ cup sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add extracts and almonds and mix well. Pour almond custard into tart shell. Place tart pan on a baking pan and into the oven. Bake until the almond custard is browned about 30 minutes. When completely cooled add berries.
In a small bowl heat jam and water in the microwave for 20 seconds. Brush glaze over fruit and crust. Refrigerate until serving.