Holiday Apple Almond Tarte

My mother emailed me this lovely holiday recipe, concocted by the people at Viking Cruises. She and her husband sail with them frequently, and it is a wonderful reminiscence of Europe.


Ingredients:
1 unbaked, room-temperature 9-inch tart shell
1 roll (about 7 oz) almond paste
1 cup fresh cranberries
5 medium-sized apples (preferably Macintosh), peeled and sliced to make approximately 5 cups
A quarter cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
A half cup uncooked oats
A half cup all-purpose flour
A half cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold or frozen
A quarter cup sliced almonds
Vanilla ice cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Flatten almond paste on a sheet of wax paper with a rolling pin, to form an 8-inch circle. Press almond circle into the bottom of the unbaked tart shell. In a bowl, combine cranberries, apples, sugar and a half teaspoon of cinnamon. Pour on top of almond circle, into tart shell. In a bowl, combine the remaining cinnamon, oats, flour and brown sugar. Cut butter into very small pieces and stir into cinnamon mixture until crumbs form. Spoon crumb mixture evenly over the top of the apple mixture. Bake 50-60 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced almonds during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings.

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Almond and Tangerine Tart

Doesn't this look like a smile in the mouth?

We got six inches of new snow last night, with more on the way. So the only way to sweeten the prospect of a late winter snow is to bake a pan of caramel-chewy nutty shortbready tart!  Thank you to Food 52 for the rescue from bleakness.

This recipe packs a lot of flavor but is not overly sweet. The texture of the tart is reminiscent of a cookie and the filling is a honey caramel delight. And since I STILL do not have any fresh chevre (we’re making the first batch tonight), this is a cheese-less recipe.

Serves 12
  • 2 tangerines
  • 1 3/4 cup All Purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange blossom honey
  • 1 cup extra heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups toasted sliced almonds

  • Zest 2 tangerines and ream to extract juice. Chill the juice.
  • Line the bottom of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable base with buttered parchment paper.
  • Pulse the flour, confectioners’ sugar, salt, butter and tangerine zest in a food processor. Add tangerine juice by tablespoon(s) as needed until it looks like wet sand. Pulse just until it starts to form a ball.
  • Pat the dough into the tart pan, being careful to press up and into the sides.
  • Chill the crust for one hour (can chill up to 4 hours).
  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the superfine sugar, brown sugar, honey and 2 teaspoons of the reserved tangerine juice. Allow the sugars and honey to melt together over medium-low heat, swirling gently. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture darkens and caramelizes. (Tip: You can use leftover tangerine juice mixed with some warm water to brush down the insides of the pan while you are waiting for the mixture to caramelize).
  • Add the cream and increase the heat to medium. Cook the mixture at a low boil for 8 to 10 minutes, until it is richly caramelized and thick.
  • Stir in the almonds and spread the mixture into the chilled tart pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 bake for another 15 minutes, or until the crust is richly browned.
  • Cool completely, remove the bottom from the pan and using a long-bladed spatula, transfer the tart to a cake stand.
  • Optional: Serve with sweetened whipped cream (1 cup heavy whipped cream, 2 tablespoons vanilla, 1/4 cup superfine sugar) and a mint garnish.
  • Curried Couscous with Goat Cheese

    I know this looks like granola with goat cheese, but it’s not! It can be either a meatless entree or side dish, with a pleasing savory-sweet combination, and it comes together in 15 min. Gotta love that!

     

    A hint of curry in this chilled couscous salad is balanced by sweet dried fruit and creamy goat cheese.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Yield: 4 servings
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup dried couscous
    • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
    • 1/3 cup dried blueberries, or more to taste
    • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder
    • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
    • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (add more if you like it creamier)
    Preparation:

    Bring the water to a boil. Add couscous, turn off heat, and put a lid on the pot. Let sit for five minutes.

    Use a fork to fluff the couscous. Stir in parsley, blueberries, almonds, curry powder, walnut oil and cheese. Salt to taste. Serve at room temperature.

    Thanks to Jennifer’s cheese blog!