picnic at the Wind in the Willows. However it just seemed totally impractical. How do you keep it upright and serve it neatly at a picnic!
Bill Granger says a picnic isn't a picnic without a sweet tart. I think his picnics are different to mine. He probably has the servants run around with wicker picnic baskets of the good china and best silver cutlery with which to serve slices of tart. Not us! I don't know that I have ever had a tart at a picnic. But I digress!
Sylvia ate all of her apricots out and then ate the pastry shell like a biscuit. It impressed me that it kept its shape and was both soft and crispy with a marzipan-style layer of almonds. Both E and Sylvia agreed I had made the right decision in leaving the chopped almonds off the top of the tart.
Sadly we are approaching the end of apricot season. My mum has some more from my brother's tree in her fridge for me. So even though I don't make fruit tarts very often, I can still dream that might make this tart once more this summer. (Not over the this week though. I am be at the beach at Ocean Grove and offline. However a few scheduled posts should pop up, including this one.)
- Ros (and Caroline) for Alphabakes. It challenges us to bake with ingredients and dishes starting with a different letter. January is L for lime - the flavour was quite noticeable.
- Janet at FarmersGirl who has just started a new challenge called Recipe Clippings to encourage bloggers to share recipes from clippings they have kept from magazines etc.
- Sarah at Maison Cupcake who is hosting this month's Simple and in Season on behalf of Ren Behan.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Ocean Grove beach house and what we ate
Two years ago: Baked brie with cranberry sauce and walnuts
Three years ago: Malabar Hut - why it is our favourite Indian takeaway
Four years ago: Fruit mince scrolls and muffins
Five years ago: Gado Gado with Marmalade
Six years ago: NCR How My Chowder Fed the Dalek!
Seven years ago: Scrumptious Sugarfree Slice
Apricot and almond tart
Adapted from Bill Granger in The Age Sunday Magazine 21 Dec 2014
1 1/2 cups plain flour
125g butter (I used margarine)
2 tbsp castor sugar
1 egg yolk
4 tbsp almond meal
finely grated zest of 1 lemon (I used lime)
2 tbsp brown sugar
8 apricots (mine were about 400g ) stoned and quartered
Milk for glazing (I used soy)
2 tbsp raw sugar
To make the pastry: Mix flour, margarine and sugar in food processor until crumbly. Add egg yolk and enough water to make the pastry hold together. (Bill Granger suggested 1-2 tsp and I used 2 tbsp.) Bring pastry together into a ball, kneading briefly and wrap in clingfilm. Chill in fridge for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile chop the apricots and mix the almond meal, lemon zest of brown sugar.
Preheat oven to 200 C (this worked for my slow oven but 190 C like Bill did might be better for regular ovens).
Roll pastry out into a 25cm diameter circle on a large piece of baking paper that is spread over the baking tray you will use. Sprinkle the almond meal mixture over all the pastry. (It will seem like a lot but that is fine.) Arrange the apricots in the middle leaving a generous inch of pastry around the edges. Fold the pastry edge over the apricots. Brush the pastry and apricots with milk. Scatter the whole tart with raw sugar.
Bake for about 35 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the apricots have softened.
On the stereo:
Storybook: Kasey Chambers