Ingrients & Directions


-ALMOND CRUST-
1/4 c Almonds, slivered -1 stick, cut into small
1 1/2 c Flour, all purpose -pieces
1/4 ts -Salt 1 lg Egg; cold
3 tb Brown sugar; firmly packed 1/2 ts Vanilla extract
1/2 c Butter;cold, unsalted 1/4 ts Lemon zest; freshly grated

CUSTARD CREAM
4 lg Egg yolks 2 c Half and half
4 tb Flour, all purpose 1/2 ts Vanilla extract-
3 tb Sugar

TOPPING
Strawberries & Raspberries -tart
-hulled to cover surface of

-GLAZE-
1/2 c Red currant jelly 1 ts Lemon juice

CRUST: Finely grind almonds in a food processor with an on/off mixture
with a rolling pin until as finely ground as possible. Add flour,
salt and brown sugar to processor and blend, or combine ground
almonds, flour, salt, and brown sugar in a bowl and stir to blend.
Add butter and process or work with the fingertips until mixture
ressembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl beat egg lightly. Stir in
the vanilla and lemon zest. With processor on, add egg mixture to the
dough through feed tube and process until dough forms. Pat dough into
a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least
30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator. Press in 10 inch tart pan
(with removable bottom), patting in even minutes before baking.
Bake line with foil for 15 minutes, remove foil and bake a further 20
to 30 minutes empty.
CUSTARD CREAM: In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar
until pale yellow and thick. Beat in 4 tbsp all purpose flour. Heat
half-and-half in medium sized non reactive saucepan over low heat
until small bubbles form around edges. Remove from heat and pour a
small amount of hot mixture into egg yolk mixture, whisking
constantly. Add remaining half and half mixture, whisking. Pour
mixture back into pan on heat, lower heat and cook it, stirring for
5-7 minutes. Add vanilla, let the mixture cool and chill it, covered
(use plastic wrap) until needed.
ASSEMBLY: Spread Custard Cream even over fully baked almond crust.
Arrange hulled strawberries or raspberries in concentric circles,
stem ends down, over pastry cream. Melt red currant jelly with 1 tsp
lemon juice and brush the glaze gently over the fruit.

Yields
1 tarts