Prep time: 35 min, plus chilling
Cook time:45 min
Serves: Makes 15
To give this moist, almond tart a special Easter-time theme, I decorate it with golden marzipan eggs. I like to serve these almond squares for tea or as a dessert with custard or cream... homemade of course... more recipes to come with the custards and creams!
IngredientsFor the tart
1. For the tart: carefully unroll the pastry then roll it out on a lightly floured surface so its slightly bigger and large enough to line a 30cm x 20cm x 2.5cm deep rectangular flan tin. Line the tin with the pastry, easing it into the corners. Prick the base with a fork and chill for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric hand whisk until pale and creamy. Pour in the eggs gradually, beating well between each bit that you add. Fold in the ground almonds and almond extract using a large metal spoon. The mixture will look curdled.
4. Lower the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Spread the jam or conserve over the bottom of the baked pastry case, then pour over the filling and level it out. Scatter over the flaked almonds and bake 25-30 minutes until the top is golden and feels spongy.
For the decoration: while the tart is baking, shape the marzipan eggs. Cut the marzipan into 15 equal pieces, then with your hands, mold each piece into an egg shape. When the tart is done, remove it from the oven and lay the eggs on top while it is still hot, lightly holding each one down so the warmth of the tart lets them stick to the surface. Leave to cool, then remove the tart from the tin, sift the eggs with icing sugar and serve cut into pieces.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Almond flavored treats and these squares are so moist and rich in almond flavor... they will be a big hit this weekend... trust me... and if you eat to many like I will just make sure you get in a little extra workout! I love to run but I also love to eat and because part of enjoying life for me is trying new foods and eating with pleasure I just do it and don't stress but of course keeping it in moderation and then to balance it out I workout!!!
What is your favorite workout to ward off the sugar going straight to our butts??? Mine is running, ab workouts, yoga, riding a bike (I really need to get one... I miss mine) and swimming.
Cooking with Joanna
My passion for food is a huge part of my life. I love trying new foods and creating new and interesting recipes.