This is an impressive looking dessert, is really delicious and isn’t too difficult to make as long as you have the right equipment, (i.e., a food processor and a rolling pin) and about 4 hours total (you’ll need chilling time and resting time in addition to 20 minutes or so of hands-on time). If you’re making Valentine’s Day dinner this would be a nice dessert choice.
While nectarines may not be too readily available this year, other similarly textured fruits can be substituted. The pastry is easily made with a food processor, and the custard below the fruit is made with almonds.
Recipe after the jump.
Nectarine Tart (adapted from Epicurious)
- For pastry:
- 1 stick + 2 tbsp unsalted butter (cut into bits and frozen for 1-2 hours)
- 8 ounces unbleached flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4-6 tbsp ice water
- For almond filling:
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 4-5 firm-ripe nectarines
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1. Make pastry. Add flour, sugar, and salt to a food processor and pulse. Add the frozen butter and pulse until roughly combined and grainy. Add 4 tbsp ice water and pulse until combined. Shape into a ball like below, adding up to 2 extra tablespoons of ice water if necessary.
2. Flatten dough into a disk about 1-2 inches thick. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or so.
3. Make the filling. Combine all filling ingredients listed above in a food processor and pulse until very smooth. This might take 2-5 minutes.
4. Slice the peaches about 1/4 inch thick like in the below picture. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. It should be just about 9-10 inches in diameter.
5. Press the pastry into your tart dish. Press the top edges along the sides to they’re uniform. Preheat the oven to 375º. Arrange the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
6. Spoon the filling inside the tart and spread it out evenly. Then arrange the peach slices like so: begin with a circular arrangement in the center, then make a larger outer circle. All of the slices should overlap slightly.
7. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and dot with butter, then pop it in the oven in the lower position, bake for 15 minutes, then move to the upper position for another 15-20 minutes until crust is golden and fruit is tender.
8. Let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes, then serve with vanilla ice cream.
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- rachellleeroth said: i make a similar tart with pears. It’s dank. This one is beautiful!
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