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Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust

Yield: 8 slices
Prep 35 mins Bake 375°F 40 mins
Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust
Ingredients
  •  Salted Pecan Crust
  • 6  blood oranges
  •  Milk
  • 2  tablespoons  turbinado sugar
  • 1/2  cup  pure maple syrup
  • 1  recipe  Sweetened Whipped Cream (optional)
  •  Coarsely chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare Salted Pecan Crust. On a large piece of lightly floured parchment paper, slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a 13-inch circle. Slide paper with pastry onto a large baking sheet; set aside.

2. Cut peel off oranges, removing all of the white pith. Thinly slice oranges crosswise; discard any seeds and white pith from centers. Arrange orange slices in center of pastry, leaving the outer 2 inches uncovered. Fold uncovered pastry up over orange slices, pleating as necessary to keep pastry flat against fruit. Lightly brush pastry top and sides with milk; sprinkle entire tart with turbinado sugar.

3. Bake about 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan bring maple syrup to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until reduced by half (12 to 15 minutes); cool slightly.

4. Spoon the reduced maple syrup over tart. Transfer tart on parchment paper to a serving platter or board. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. If desired, serve with Sweetened Whipped Cream and sprinkle with toasted pecans.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Be sure the pecans are very finely chopped or the crust might crack when you fold it up over the oranges.
Sweetened Whipped Cream
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  whipping cream
  • 2  tablespoons  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
Directions

1. In a medium bowl stir together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup very finely chopped toasted pecans,* 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/2 cup cold butter, cut up, until pieces are pea size. In a small bowl combine 2 lightly beaten egg yolks and 1 tablespoon ice water. Gradually stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture. Using your fingers, gently knead dough just until a ball forms. Cover and chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

2. In a chilled mixing bowl beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).

Salted Pecan Crust
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  cup  very finely chopped toasted pecans* (see tip, page 20)
  • 1/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2  cup  cold butter, cut up
  • 2  egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1  tablespoon  ice water
Directions

1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, pecans, brown sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until pieces are pea size. In a small bowl combine egg yolks and water. Gradually stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture. Using your fingers, gently knead the dough just until a ball forms. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

From the Test Kitchen*To Toast Nuts:
  • Be sure the pecans are very finely chopped or the crust might crack. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden, shaking the pan once or twice; let cool.

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