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Apricot Frangipane Tart

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled butter or margarine, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Apricot Topping

  • 1 pound dried apricots (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frangipane

  • 1/3 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed almond paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Glaze

  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto or water

Instructions

  1. Crust: In a bowl, combine flour and salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Stir in ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough starts to form.
  3. Shape into disk; wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days before using. Meanwhile, make Topping.
  4. On lightly floured surface roll out dough into an 11-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch round tart pan with removable bottom; press into bottom and sides. Press excess dough against insides of pan.
  5. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make Frangipane.
  7. Frangipane: In mixer at high speed, beat butter, sugar and almond paste until smooth. Reduce speed to low; beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  8. Beat in flour until just combined.
  9. Apricot Topping: In pot over medium heat, combine apricots, sugar, juice and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer until apricots are very plump and liquid is thick, syrupy and golden, about 30 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract. Cool completely.
  11. To assemble, spread frangipane over bottom of dough; arrange apricots with their syrup over.
  12. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until pastry is golden and apricots have begun to brown.
  13. Remove sides of tart pan immediately; let cool on rack.
  14. Meanwhile, prepare the Glaze.
  15. Glaze: In a small pot, combine preserves and amaretto. Over medium-high heat cook until preserves dissolve, 2 to 3 minutes.
  16. Strain; brush over tart. (If making ahead, freeze unbaked tart until solid, about 3 hours; wrap in plastic and foil.
  17. Store in freezer for up to 6 weeks. Bake, unthawed, 55 minutes.)

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 387 cal; 5 g protein; 13 g fat; 42 mg chol; 65 g carb; 174 mg sodium

Source: Woman's World magazine - Nov. 25, 1997

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