Make Ahead Desserts:
Toasted Almond Tart

This sweet and nutty tart is the perfect dessert to serve at a dinner party. It’s a simple recipe that can be made ahead and served at room temperature – which gives you more time to spend at the table with friends!

Toasted Almond Tart

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold butter
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut the chilled butter into the flour until the flour and butter are well-incorporated and in small, pea-sized pieces. Sprinkle the cold water into mixture and toss gently until it forms a ball.

Separate the dough into two balls, flatten slightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 2-3 hours.

Preheat an oven to 375º F. Roll dough to fit a 10-inch tart pan. Bake dough with pie weights for 15 minutes. Remove weights and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

While the crust bakes, stir together the cream and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the salt, vanilla extract and almond extract.

Heat a shallow, dry pan over medium heat and toast sliced almonds until golden brown. Reserve a few tablespoons of almonds to sprinkle on top of the tart, and stir remaining almonds into the tart batter.

Pour warm almond filling into the pre-baked crust and bake 30-35 minutes, until golden brown with a firm center.

Serve at room temperature with freshly whipped cream, if desired.


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