Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ultimate Almond Tart




I mentioned in my prior post about enjoying the BEST almond tart ever. It comes from the folks at Downtown Bakery and Creamery in Healdsburg. After doing a bit of digging on their site, I found their recipe for this delectable treat. I altered it ever so slightly and made it over the weekend. This has to be classified as the ultimate almond tart. I highly encourage all of the almond tart fans out there to make this recipe – you will not be disappointed.




We had a long overdue visit to our neighbors on Sunday. I brought over several slices of the tart for the family to enjoy. It was great to catch up and see how big their Bernese Mountain puppy had grown. She now is close to 100 pounds and when we last saw her, she was about 25 pounds. It is amazing how quickly time flies.



We were able to enjoy a slice each of the tart on Sunday evening while watching the two hour Brothers and Sister episode. With a busy work week, both Charles and I are happy we have made it to “hump day”. The weekend is not too far away – can hardly wait. Do you have any exciting plans for the upcoming weekend?



Ultimate Almond Tart

Tart Dough

1 C. Flour
1 T. Sugar
½ C. Butter
2 T. Cold Water
¼ t. Salt

Put flour, salt and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer. Cut butter into small pieces. Add to mixture and use paddle attachment and mix on medium speed. Mix butter into flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal. Add water and quickly mix together. Remove from bowl and form a ball. Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Use a 4 x 13 inch rectangle tart pan with removable bottom. Spray with non-stick spray. Roll out pastry to 1/8th inch thick and put into pan. Press the dough firmly onto the sides. Freeze for 30 minutes to allow dough to relax.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. A light golden color is good. Press dough together if there are holes.

Almond Filling

1 C. Whipping Cream
1 C. Sugar
1 T. Cointreau
1 C. Sliced Almonds, lightly toasted
½ t. Salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix cream, sugar and cointreau in a saucepan large enough for the mixture to triple in volume, stirring well. Heat to a rolling boil while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, mix in almonds and let stand for 15 minutes. Pour the filling into pre-baked shell. Make sure the almonds float evenly through the filling. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. It should be a light caramel color and yields a soft and chewy almond tart. The darker the color, the crunchier the tart.

19 comments:

  1. I think that I might have been to that bakery... not sure, but we have friends who used to live there and it looks and sounds familiar. As for the tart... wow!! This might be my Easter dessert.

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  2. That looks goods! I would bake it longer for a crispier tart which I love:D

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  3. If you are calling this the ultimate almond tart, I'll have to try it. Love, love almond tarts. We were supposed to go to Healdsburg this weekend but ended up in Mendocino. Short trip--it was cold!!

    Glad to be closer to the weekend, too. Maybe I'll have time to try this recipe out. I have some Cointreau, too. No excuse not to try it. :-)

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. It looks so delicious. I like that almond filling a lot. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing

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  5. You don't have to tell me twice I'd love this. I haven't been to Healdsburg in way too long. I was thinking of going to S.F. this weekend and being touristy. My older daughter is coming home from college tom. and I'm so happy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    -Gina-

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  6. This looks so wonderful, I love tarts. Gorgeous.

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  7. That looks so awesome!! I want to lick the monitor!!!

    YUM!
    xo - Heather

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  8. This looks so delicious! I love the rectangular shaped tart pan.

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  9. This looks wonderful and really tasty! I love your photos too!

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  10. I have been baking so much lately that I had to promise myself to slow down with all the goodies and then I see your almond tart, oh no....I just love the look of it but I think I better walk away for now but definitely save this one for later. I agree this is a tart to serve for company;-)

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  11. I love almond tarts...and I don't make them nearly enough. They are so subtle...so buttery...so delicious. Thank you for sharing another great sweet treat with me. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, full of laughter and life. You inspire me with your passion and creative soul!

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  12. I love your almond tart, love the addition of cointreau

    sweetlife

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  13. I love almond desserts and this looks sooooo good. Love the addition of the Cointreau! :)

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  14. That'd be fabulous with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yummy!

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  15. Why have I never had an almond tart in my life before?!? This sounds like the definite recipe to start with. Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. Hello Lisa,
    Thank you for stop by my blog. I really like this almond tart you made. It looks delicious and amazing. Thank you very much for sharing this mouth watering recipe.

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  17. This looks so delicious! I love that it uses simple ingredients, nothing fussy.

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  18. Gorgeous! This looks like it would taste like heaven. I am definitely saving this recipe to try sometime.

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