Fruit and Almond Country-Style Tart

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Yields:
8 slices
Prep:
45 mins
Bake:
1 hr 375°F
Cool:
30 mins
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Fruit and Almond Country-Style Tart

Ingredients
 
Almond Pastry
3/4
cup almond paste
1
egg white, lightly beaten
1/2
2
cups peeled sliced fresh peaches or frozen sliced peaches, thawed
1
cup fresh red raspberries
1/2
cup snipped dried apricots
3
tablespoons peach or apricot jam
2
tablespoons sliced almonds
 
Milk
 
Coarse decorating sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare Almond Pastry. On a lightly floured surface roll two-thirds of the pastry from center to edges into a 12-inch circle. Wrap pastry circle around the rolling pin. Unroll into an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom; press pastry into fluted sides of pan and trim edges.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. For filling, in a small bowl crumble almond paste. Stir in egg white and brown sugar. Spread or gently pat filling evenly into the pastry-lined tart pan. In a medium bowl toss together peaches, berries, dried apricots, and jam. Spoon fruit mixture into tart pan. Sprinkle with almonds.
  3. Roll remaining pastry until 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips; top tart with pastry strips in a lattice pattern. Trim the pastry strips even with the edge of the tart pan. Press ends of strips against the pan to seal. Lightly brush pastry strips with milk, and, if desired, sprinkle with coarse decorating sugar.
  4. Bake for 1 hour or until crust is golden. Cool on a wire rack for 30 to 60 minutes. Remove sides from tart pan.

Almond Pastry

Ingredients

1/2
cup ground almonds
1
tablespoon sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup cold butter, cut up
3
tablespoons shortening
4
tablespoons ice water

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, ground almonds, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter and shortening until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ice water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened pastry to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon water at a time, until all the flour mixture is moistened. Gather flour mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together. Flatten dough into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours or until dough is easy to handle.
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