Apple Almond Paste Tart

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This French-style apple tart is special because of the almond paste filling. If almond paste is not available, you can substitute with ground almonds and sugar. It is best to use tart apples for this tart, for a nice contrast with the almond paste.

For most baking, it is better to use the oven with the fan off, as the fan will make your tart dry. If your oven doesn’t allow you to switch off the fan, decrease the temperature from 200C/400F to 180C/350F.

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Ingredients

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For a 27 cm (11″) tart

3 tart apples

250 grams (1 2/3 cup) pastry flour

125 grams (9 Tbsp) butter + more for greasing the pan

125 grams (1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp) sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

200 grams almond paste (or 100 grams ground almonds + 100 grams sugar + 1 tsp almond extract)

50 grams (1/4 cup) sugar

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preparation

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Combine 1 egg, 125 grams of butter, and 125 grams of sugar in the bowl of the mixer.

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Mix at low speed until homogeneous.

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Add 250 grams of flour and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, sifted.

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Mix until incorporated.

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Gather the dough into a ball and wrap it in cling film. Refrigerate it for at least an hour to allow the gluten to relax (this makes it easier to roll out the dough).

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Combine 200 grams almond paste, broken into pieces, with an egg in a food processor.

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Process until creamy.

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Butter a 27 cm (11″) tart dish.

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Take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll it out with a rolling pin on a floured work surface, preferably wooden.

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Roll it out to a circle that is large enough for the bottom and sides of the tart pan. To get a circle, using the rolling pin in different directions (including diagonal).

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Carefully transfer the dough into the pan.

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Use your fingers to nicely line the pan with the dough.

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Remove any dough that sticks out with the assistance of the rolling pin.

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And voilà: a tart pan lined with dough.

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Put the almond paste in the pan…

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…and use the back of a wet spoon to flatten it (you will have to wet the spoon multiple times).

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Preheat the oven to 200C/400F (not fan forced).

Combine 50 grams (1/4 cup) of sugar with 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon in a small bowl.

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Stir until mixed.

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Peel and core the apples, and cut into chunks.

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Slice the chunks thinly.

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Arrange the apple slices in the tart in a circle, starting from the outside.

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It is nice to arrange the inner circle in the opposite direction.

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Sprinkle the top with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

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Bake for 20 minutes at 200C/400F (not fan forced).

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Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting.

Wine pairing

This is nice with many dessert wines, such as a Sauternes or moscato passito. Just make sure the dessert wine is sweet enough.

Flashback

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Fresh pasta squares with peas and prosciutto is a nice dish, that you could also make with leftover pasta from making ravioli.

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14 thoughts on “Apple Almond Paste Tart

  1. I love this, Stefan! It looks divine. I don’t know if I can find almond paste here. To be honest be you, I have never looked for it. Otherwise, I’ll go with the grounded almonds. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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    • Hi Francesca, I think you should replace the cinnamon with something else to keep the flavor interesting. You could for instance add grated lemon zest to the almond filling, or use another type of spice that you like with apple, such as coriander seed.

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  2. Now that’s a beautiful tart, Stefan. I must admit. If a dessert has almond flavoring, it is sure to delight me. I just love the stuff and pairing it with apples is, to me, heaven in a tart pan. 🙂

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