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Apple Pecan Tart
Posted By Kelly On January 21, 2014 @ 11:00 am In Baking,Featured Articles,Pies and Tarts,Recipes | 8 Comments
I am a sinful person (as if the Evil in my blog’s title was not proof enough).
This tart is proof of my sinful ways. You see, in my heart of hearts I am a slothful person. Don’t tell anyone, but there is nothing I like better than to spend a lazy day at home in my jammies watching movies while I neglect the housework, and my adult responsibilities. I have overcome my lazy nature for the most part, my lazy days are few and far between, but sometimes I slip. Like when I want a pretty, fancy, very special treat that looks like I slaved when I did no such thing. I guess add vanity and deceit to my list of sins! Oh dear. Anyway, this tart looks like it takes a lot of effort, but it is the work of moments, and it can be made a day ahead. Bonus! It is made with a super easy to work with crust, a homemade filling made primarily in a food processor, and topped with thin slices of apple. See, easy!
I love traditional frangipane, that sweet paste made from ground almonds, sugar, and eggs. As I prefer pecans, I decided to try making a pecan version of frangipane. It worked like a dream! It produces a thick, buttery yet not overly sweet filling that pairs well with tart apple. Granny Smith was my preference here, to help keep the sweetness in check, but any firm baking apple you like would be fine, just be a little more sparing with sugar on top of the tart if you have a particularly sweet apple. Everything is arranged in a short crust pastry, which is really like a giant butter cookie. What I like about this crust is how easy it is to work with! It rolls out really quickly and is less prone to tears and cracks. Just be sure to work with it in a floured surface and keep it cool. As I said before, you can make this tart a day ahead, just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Let it come to room temperature before serving. This is perfect with coffee or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or both. Because, as I am counting my sins now, I am also riddled with greed!
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