Apricot Tart with Almond Cream and Kaffir Lime Ginger Glaze

Apricot Tart with Almond Cream and Kaffir Lime Ginger Glaze Recipe

I was in the mood to bake today. I thought about making apple tartes amandines but everyone said they were bored with this flavor. So to please the whole house, I paired the almond cream with fresh ripe apricots. In France, you would order "une tarte amandine aux abricots, s'il vous plait!" in a patisserie (bakery). You probably won't learn this phrase in any French for tourists books, but I'm telling you, it's essential for your survival .

For the glaze, I had Laura's apricot pie jelly, a few kaffir lime leaves left that I did not used for my sweet and sour pineapple soup and some fresh ginger. It gave a nice kick to the apricot.

I know what you're going to say about my family. How spoiled are they?

apricot almond cream tart


Yields: 10

4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon imitation brandy extract
2-3/4 cups almond flour, (250 grams)
1-1/3 cup sugar, to taste
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, + extra for greasing the pans
1 pinch salt
10 (5 x 5-inch) squares puff pastry, store-bought
15 fresh ripe apricots, halved and pitted


Using a handheld mixer, whisk the eggs with about 1/2 cup of sugar until you get a pale, yellow foam. It'll take about 5-6 minutes. The consistency must be very airy. Add the vanilla and brandy extracts. Set aside.

Cream the butter with about 1/2 cup of sugar. Pour in the egg mixture. Add the almond flour. Mix until the batter is smooth.

Place the dough in 10 individual pie shells previously buttered (or in 2 9-inch pie pans). Dock the dough with a fork.

Spread about 2 tablespoons of almond mixture in each individual mold then top with 2 apricot halves and 2 quarters to create a cross.

Bake for 25 minutes at 375°F , then lower the temperature to 350°F for another 15 minutes. Before glazing the pies, broil for about 3 minutes to get a nice golden crust and caramelized apricot look. Turn off the heat (remove from the broiler), then immediately brush the tarts with the warm kaffir lime ginger glaze using a silicone brush, for a nice glossy look.

Let the tarts cool for a few minutes. You can serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a nice cup of hot tea or a glass of cardamom-flavored Arnold Palmer.

Bon appétit!

apricot pie


FYI: 1 cup of butter = 16 tablespoons = 2 sticks of butter.

I used Laura's apricot pie jelly (apricot, lemon, cinnamon and sugar) for the base of the glaze. Her pie jelly is one of the many homemade jams and preserves that she makes. You can find her preserves at the annual Belmont Arts and Crafts fair or directly online at www.domainebrix.com.

You can either buy ready-made almond flour, or make it yourself. Remember to get a little more than 250 grams of whole almonds to get the correct amount of flour. Place whole almonds in a metal bowl, then cover them with boiling water. Let it sit for no longer than 2 minutes. Strain and transfer them into a cold water bath. Pat them dry on a towel, and the skins should come right off. Then grind them with a food processor or spice grinder. Make sure you stop before it turns into almond butter. I use the VitaMix Dry Blade Container. The result should be a fine white mill.

You can make this tarte amandine with any other fruits like plums, pears, etc... Be creative!

Don't discard the remnants of puff pastry. Make some parmesan puff pastry knots and cheese twists the next day!

tarte amandine

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on June 7, 2009.


oh I am totally in love with this pastry....

cat3_cheung@yahoo.com Website Link
[ Posted at 3:14 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
I love it, Jackie!! The tartes look excellent! Delicious!!

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[ Posted at 4:02 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] I wish - Guest-JessicaFoodmayhem
If only I had you before I went to Paris years ago, to give me some essential French phrases!

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[ Posted at 4:41 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
Believe me I wouldn't complain about getting apple tartes amandines! Lucky them! :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Website Link
[ Posted at 5:24 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
Just beautiful. I love the idea of the kaffir lime & ginger glaze. Yes, of course your family is lucky. So is mine I think...because they are going to be spoilt with something like this pretty soon! Your blog is beautiful!

deeba Website Link
[ Posted at 5:57 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
This looks delicious. The kaffir lime ginger glaze is really unique and gives it a definite exotic edge.

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[ Posted at 6:45 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] unconfidentialcook - Guest-unconfidentialcook
I'm a chocolate person...but those tarts look GORGEOUS!

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[ Posted at 9:10 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] Delicious - Guest-pigpigscorner
The kaffir lime ginger glaze sounds wonderful!

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[ Posted at 11:10 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] delicious! - Guest-lisaiscooking
Your tarts look delicious! The almond filling sounds perfect with apricots.

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[ Posted at 11:17 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
What fantastic flavors! Your tart looks really delicious! I'm drooling...



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[ Posted at 11:33 AM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
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Jackie - thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I absolutely adore what you've got going here. This is a gorgeous blog with wonderful recipes, and I'll certainly be adding you to my daily reads. Your photography is astonishing, as well. I don't know if you saw my answer to your question, but the photograph you asked about was by Stephen Kinnard, a professional photographer. There are several links to his site on that post and you can click on them to find him and ask that f-stop question.

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[ Posted at 12:19 PM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
Your family is indeed spoiled! The apricot tart looks grand.

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[ Posted at 12:56 PM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
Thank you for visiting my blog. I don't know how you found me but I'm happy you did because it brought me to PhamFatale. You do beautiful work in the kitchen and behind the lens. I've just subscribed so I don't miss anything in the future!

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[ Posted at 1:14 PM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
That looks delicious. I have some extra apricots that need to be eaten soon and this looks like a great way to use them.

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[ Posted at 2:00 PM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
I believe you - knowing how to ask for yummy pastries is definitely vital vocabulary! These look gorgeous. I can't wait for summer and apricots.

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[ Posted at 5:32 PM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] I wanna be pampered! - Guest-Sophia
Please...won't you adopt me and spoil me too? lol...but seriously...this looks freaking gorgeous and delicious...almond cream...kaffir lime and ginger...gosh...how luscious!

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[ Posted at 5:41 PM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
[-] cheffresco - Guest-cheffresco
Very beautiful tart!

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[ Posted at 6:18 PM on 6/7/09 | Reply ]
How elegant! This would be the perfect dessert for a dinner party.

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[ Posted at 7:07 AM on 6/8/09 | Reply ]
what a gorgeous tart! puff pastry is one of my favorite ingredients, and this is a fabulous use for it. those domed apricots make such an eye-catching creation!
[ Posted at 7:47 AM on 6/8/09 | Reply ]
That tart looks really good!

Kevin Website Link
[ Posted at 8:58 AM on 6/8/09 | Reply ]
Almond cream you say? For sure!

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[ Posted at 11:22 AM on 6/8/09 | Reply ]
[-] a chow life - Guest-redmeance
Omigod. This looks so delicious! I LOVE fruit tarts!

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[ Posted at 8:24 AM on 6/9/09 | Reply ]
Your family is indeed very spoiled! this looks delicious, I love apricot tarts and the addition of kefi lime leaves must have added a whole new interesting twist! Thanks for the lesson too :)

Marta Website Link
[ Posted at 1:59 PM on 6/9/09 | Reply ]
cool, i've never heard of a recipe using kaffir lime leaves like this

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[ Posted at 5:54 PM on 6/9/09 | Reply ]
these are just beautiful and sound delicious!

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[ Posted at 6:34 PM on 6/9/09 | Reply ]
Your tarts are so gorgeous! I love the lime with the apricots.

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[ Posted at 12:23 AM on 6/10/09 | Reply ]
[-] Tarte - Guest-foodcreate
This is a hearty and flavorsome tart! Delicious:)

Jackie! Thanks for stoping by:)
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[ Posted at 12:17 PM on 6/10/09 | Reply ]

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