Apricot tart

Apricot tart

dessert recipes | serves 12

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Place the pastry on a floured surface and roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Lift over a rolling pin then unroll it onto a 28cm fluted tart tin.
2. Gently ease the pastry into the tin, making sure it is pressed into the fluted edges. Trim the edges with a sharp knife and pierce the pastry base a few times with a fork. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes ? this will stop it shrinking when baked.
3. Meanwhile, blitz all the filling ingredients in a food processor so it forms a thick paste.
4. Once chilled, place the pastry in its tin on a baking tray and loosely cover with a sheet of baking paper, letting it hang over the edges. Fill with baking beans or rice.
5. If using fresh apricots, place them cut-side down in a large shallow pan with the sugar and 275ml of water, then cook over a medium heat for 3?4 minutes, or until slightly softened but not mushy.
6. Bake the pastry case blind for 15 minutes, or until slightly coloured, then remove from the oven. Take out the baking paper and the baking beans or rice, and return the pastry to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Once it has a nice colour, leave it to cool slightly before adding the filling, then press in the apricots, cut-side up. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 40?45 minutes, or until the filling has almost set and is coloured on top.
7. Heat the jam in a small pan over a medium heat until melted. Brush over the tart to glaze, and leave to set. Once set, serve with crème fraîche or ice cream, if you like.

Per serving 617 cals, 40.4g fat (14.2g saturated), 12.3g protein, 48.5g carbs, 27.4g sugars


Recipe Christina Mackenzie
Photo Carolyn Barber

from Issue 40


? 500g sweet pastry
? 12 ripe apricots, halved and stones removed (or 2 x 400g tins apricot
halves, drained)
? 100g sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
? 4 tbsp apricot jam
? Crme frache or ice cream, to serve (optional)


? 300g ground almonds
? 225g sugar
? 225g butter, at room temperature
? 3 heaped tbsp flour
? 4 eggs
? Zest of 2 oranges, juice of 1
? 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out (or
1 tsp vanilla bean paste)

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