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Apple Almond Custard Tart by Rachelle
November 26, 2008, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Baked Goods/Desserts, Dessert, Rachelle Mee-Chapman | Tags: , ,

almond apple custard tart

Looking for something different to serve for Thanksgiving? I made this for Paul’s birthday last week and we were all bowled over at how delicious it is! The tart apples and lemon pair nicely with the sweet almond flavor, and the sugar forms a crisp caramelized crust reminiscent of a crème brûlée. This is from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food which I highly recommend. The only changes I’ve made is to increase the proportions so that it filled my 11 inch tart pan.

For the crust:

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
12 T (1 1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
2 large eggs
1 t pure almond extract

For the filling:

8 T (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1/2 c sugar
2 large eggs
3 t lemon zest
2 T lemon juice
6 T flour
1 c heavy cream
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 in thick
1/4-1/2 c sugar
2/3 cup blanched almonds (I used hazelnuts because I couldn’t find almonds in our Danish grocery stores)

Crust
In a small bowl whisk together flour and baking powder, set aside. In a large bowl using a mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and almond extract, beat until just combined. Set mixer to low and add flour mixture until just combined.

Using a spatula spread dough in 11 inch removable-bottom tart pan. Spread evenly over sides and bottom of pan. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Filling
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl using the mixer, beat butter and 1/2 c sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and lemon zest, mix until combined. With mixer on low, add flour and cream, mix until just smooth. Do not over mix or you will end up with something too much like whipped cream. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, toss apple slices with lemon juice. Arrange evenly in tart pan over chilled dough. Spread filling over apples. Sprinkle with almonds and remaining 1/2 c sugar. (I found you only needed about 1/4 cup) Bake until golden and set, about 40-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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