- 1 egg yolk
- 2 Tbs. very cold water or ice cold vodka (trust me the vodka taste bakes out)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 1⁄4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 tsp. Sweet & Savory Sous Salt
- 8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter cubed
- 1/4 blanched almonds
filling & completion:
- 1 rolled-out round of the tart dough listed above
- 8 Tbs. (1 stick) salted butter, at room
- 1⁄2 lb. almond paste, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup raspberry, plum or cherry jam – extra for the glaze
- 1⁄3 cup blanched almonds
- 2 packages of berries
Fold the dough round in half and carefully transfer to a 9 1/2-inch tart pan, preferably with a removable bottom. Unfold and ease the round into the pan, without stretching it, and pat it firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Trim off any excess dough by gently running a rolling pin across the top of the pan. Press the dough into the sides to extend it slightly above the rim to offset any shrinkage during baking.
Refrigerate or freeze the tart shell until firm, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 375°F.
Line the pastry shell with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or raw short-grain rice. Bake for 20 minutes, then lift an edge of the foil. If the dough looks wet, continue to bake, checking every 5 minutes, until the dough is pale gold, for a total baking time of 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and reduce the heat to 350°F.
In a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed or a whisk, beat the butter until smooth. Add the almond paste, one piece at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. While continuing to beat, sprinkle in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour.
Spread the jam evenly over the bottom of the partially baked tart shell. Spoon in the almond paste mixture and spread evenly over the jam.
Bake the tart until the filling is golden and the middle is firm to the touch, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the tart cool completely.
This is where I changed the recipe. Take the raspberry jam and while the tart is cooling gently spread a thin layer of the jam on the almond frangipane. It will seep down into the tart. Then when the tart is cool remove it from the tart shell pan and place it on your serving tray. Place the berries on the tart and then brush melted jam on the berries. Nothing more needed…unless you want a little whipped cream!
Serve at room temperature. Makes one 9 1/2-inch tart; serves 8.