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Apricot Frangipane Tart




• 2/3 cup grappa (or vodka)
• 3 1/2 tablespoon Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals
• 1 cup Dried Blenheim Apricots
• 1 package prepared pastry dough
• 7 ounces Natural Almond Paste (about 1 cup)
• 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
• 3 tablespoons Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals
• 1/8 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
• 1/2 teaspoon Trapani Sea Salt
• 2 large eggs
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Make dried-fruit compote:
Heat grappa with Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring, until crystals have dissolved. Add Dried Apricots and gently simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat and let macerate, stirring occasionally, 24 hours.
Make tart shell:
Set flan ring on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. (If using a tart pan, parchment is not necessary.) Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 13-inch round, then fit into flan ring and trim excess dough. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
Lightly prick bottom of shell all over with a fork, then line with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake until side is set and edge is pale golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove foil and weights and bake until bottom is golden, about 10 minutes more. Cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes. Leave oven on.
Make frangipane filling and bake tart:
Beat Natural Almond Paste, butter, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Pure Almond Extract, and Trapani Sea Salt in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in flour.
Spread frangipane filling in cooled shell. Drain apricots in a sieve set over a bowl, reserving syrup, and scatter apricots over filling, pressing in slightly. Bake until puffed and golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer tart on parchment to a rack. Brush reserved syrup over tart and cool to warm or room temperature.

Cooks’ notes:
•Dried fruit can be macerated up to 3 days.
•Tart shell can be baked 1 day ahead and kept (once cool), wrapped in plastic wrap, at room temperature.
•Tart is best eaten the day it is baked but can be made 1 day ahead and kept (once cool), covered with foil, at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from www.epicurious.com
Photo courtesy of www.bakerofbrighton.com

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