Thursday, April 5, 2012

Almond and Apricot - a winning combo.

Sometimes I get into the kitchen without a recipe and just wing it and this is one of those times!

This is an apricot almond tart and it is comprised of a few layers and a few secrets.

The biggest secret is the crust, it is a cream cheese crust (something about the cheese just helps balance out all that sweetness from the apricot and marzipan (Oops there's another secret!)

I had a chunk of cream cheese on hand and worked it into the dough (lessening a bit of the butter) and added a few drops of almond extract (I was in the mood for almond but you can omit it) to make the crust, then it just got pressed into a round pie dish, nothing fancy, just say it's rustic!

I rolled out a thin sheet of marzipan and set that onto the pie dough then a layer of apricot jam went over and finally a whole lot of sliced almonds.

I also mixed up a bit of the jam with water and brushed it over the almonds so they don't burn.

Baked at 375 F until the crust is golden on the bottom and edges.

Let it cool and enjoy, tastes even better the next day!

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