Thursday, June 2, 2011

Marmalade and almond tart and being persistent

Marmalade and almond tart / Torta de amêndoa e geléia de laranja

Some people say I'm stubborn – myself included, sometimes – but this time I’ll choose the term “persistent”. :)

Remember those silly pastry strips from the other day? The ones that almost ruined my Saturday morning? Here they are, in this beautiful – and delicious – tart. Or did you think I was going to give up on this recipe just like that? ;)

This tart is for marmalade fans – and I am definitely part of that group; if you’re not into bitter flavors go for apricot or other kind of preserves/jam.

Marmalade and almond tart
slightly adapted from the always wonderful Australian Gourmet Traveller

300g sweet pastry*
¼ cup (56g) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (78g) superfine sugar
finely grated zest of ½ orange
1 large egg
1 tablespoon Cointreau
1 cup (100g) almond meal (ground almonds)
220g marmalade
1 lightly beaten egg, for brushing – I used heavy cream

Roll out two-thirds of the pastry between two pieces of lightly floured baking paper to 3mm thick. Line a lightly buttered 30x10cm (12x4in) tart pan (with a removable bottom), trim edges, prick all over with a fork and refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll out remaining pastry to 3mm thick, cut into 1cm strips and refrigerate on a tray for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F; beat butter, sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy (1-2 minutes). Beat in eggs, one at a time, and liqueur. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then beat in the almond meal. Spread in the pastry case and bake until filling just sets (12-15 minutes). In the meantime, remove the pastry strips from the fridge. Remove tart from oven, stand for 5 minutes, then very carefully spread the marmalade over the almond filling – be gentle so the jam doesn’t sink in the filling. Arrange pastry strips in a lattice pattern over the top and brush lattice with egg wash/heavy cream, bake until pastry is golden (15 minutes) and filling is bubbly. Remove from the oven and cool the tart in the pan over a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

* I doubled this recipe, which gave me 800g pastry; I used 300g for this tart and froze the remaining pastry for another use

Serves 6


Shaz@feedingmykidsbetter said...

Looks amazing! Been wanting to do a tart with my new tart pan. I might try this one!
You have a great blog. I added u on my blogroll. I hope u don't mind :)

Priya Suresh said...

Awesome and irresistible tart,stunning click.

Unknown said...

It really is gorgeous, pass a plate.

Torviewtoronto said...

deliciously done looks fabulous

Angela said...

Irresistibile !! Perfetta !!

Unknown said...

That looks so beautiful! And it sounds delicious, too :)

Alina---Explora Cuisine said...

I think persistence is the greatest strength a person can have! Great job with the tart, the strips look perfect!

KrithisKitchen said...

Simply super...
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Patty said...

Looks delicious. :) I'm a fan of bitter - a nice Seville orange marmalade would be lovely - yum!

Paula @ Spoons 'n' Spades said...

What a delicious looking dessert! Another marmalade fan here :-)

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