Soon all the summer fruits will have had their fifteen minutes. Strawberries seem like forever ago! All you have to do is go away for a week, and you’ve missed something. I almost missed the elderberries this year, but luckily I now have portions of it’s intensely colored juice mixed with honey from my neighbor’s bees to stave off winter viruses. (The coming winter is predicted to be more of the same as last year. Shiver!)
One of my very favorite fruits to make jam out of is apricots, and I was gone right when they were at their peak. So when I returned, I was on a mission to find the last of this precious bounty! I called a few places I know of to no avail. Finally, I found some! It was the very last case of the very last apricots, probably about 18 pounds of them. I made two large batches of jam for Half-Pint Preserves. My son must have eaten about five pounds all by himself. And the last few I made into this tart. It is incredibly good.
The original recipe is nothing short of genius. Lazy person that I am, I wanted a tart but didn’t want to make a pie crust. I searched around and found this brilliant recipe for plum almond crustless tart from Kitchen Vignettes. I take no credit for this very easy and very delicious recipe. I only tweaked it a little. I’ll be making it again soon with plums, but I think I may add a sprinkle of cinnamon so it’s a bit like a German plum kuchen. It works as breakfast with a spoonful of Greek yogurt, but also is an elegant dessert.
Apricot Almond Tart
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have ready an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, greased well.
2 cups almond flour (or start with raw almonds–about 1 1/2 cups should yield 2 cups flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 pound of apricots, pitted and halved
(Optional: 1 tablespoon of sugar to sprinkle on top before baking)
You can use a food processor for this entire recipe. First put the almonds in to finely grind them into flour. Then add the butter and sugar to cream well. Add the flour, the extract and the eggs, pulsing after each addition. Spread batter into pan. Push each fruit half into the batter leaving room between each piece. The pieces can be up or down, or both. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 45 minutes.