Introduction: Fruit Tart

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Fruit tarts are an easy and delicious way to show off fantastic summer produce.  This recipe includes a classic frangipane (almond pastry cream) filling that is the perfect complement to almost any fruit.

Great served alone, or with whipped cream.

Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

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1 1/2 cups flour
2T sugar
1/4t salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 Tablespoons vodka or amaretto (80-proof or greater)

frangipane filling
6 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
3 ounces almonds, ground
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoon amaretto
1 Tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup jam or jelly
4 cups mixed fruit (I used 2 peaches, and about a pint of berries)

Tart pan (2-piece for easy removal)
Food processor
Measuring cups & spoons
Aluminum foil
Pie weights (I used coins)

Step 2: Prep Crust

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1 1/2 cups flour
2T sugar
1/4t salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 Tablespoons vodka or amaretto (80-proof or greater)*

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in food processor, and pulse to combine. 
Add cubes of cold butter, and pulse until you reach sandy, pea-sized lumps.
Stir booze* and egg yolk together with a fork
Add to food processor and pulse until just combined.  (Don't overwork the dough!)
Form into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least an hour.
Roll out chilled dough, and press into tart pan.
Trim edges to fit rim of tart pan.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

*Note that we're replacing water in this recipe with 80-proof alcohol.  It will allow the dough to be worked as normal, then evaporate upon baking to leave an exceptionally flaky crust.

Step 3: Bake Crust

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Stab crust with a fork, line with foil, and fill with pie weights*.
Bake for 15 minutes at 375F.
Remove foil and weights, and bake another 5-10 minutes until golden.
Cool on a rack.

*Pie weights can be beans, rice, coins, or anything else oven-safe that's heavy enough to hold the crust in place.

Step 4: Prepare Frangipane Filling

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6 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
3 ounces almonds, ground
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoon amaretto
1 Tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Grind nuts in food processor until you've made a coarsely-ground nut flour with no chunks.  Add butter and sugar to nuts, and beat until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until mixed.

Step 5: Bake Frangipane Filling

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Scoop frangipane filling into the baked-and-cooled tart crust, and smooth it evenly with a spatula.

Bake at 375F until the top is a light golden-brown, about 20 minutes.  If the crust starts looking toasty, you can shield it with a ring of aluminum foil.

Remove, and cool thoroughly (~30 minutes) before you add any fruit.  (Baking your fresh fruit on a hot tart isn't the goal.)

Step 6: Arrange Fruit Topping

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Thinly slice strawberries or stone fruit, and wash any berries.

Arrange slices in concentric rings, then follow up with berries.  I like to start with the outer edge, as it forms a nice back-stop and avoids guessing. Then you can fill in with one or two inner rings, depending on size and shape of your fruit.  Berries work well to cover any messy edges between fruit rings.

Step 7: Drizzle With Jam and Serve

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Remove tart from pan.

Heat jam lightly to thin it, strain seeds if necessary, and drizzle over top of the fruit tart.  Allow a few minutes for jam to cool and set, as this will hold the fruit slices and berries in place more effectively.

In this case I used a dark blackberry jam because it's what we had in the refrigerator, but I usually use a lighter-colored red or orange jam (such as apricot, raspberry, or red currant) to avoid overwhelming the natural colors of the fresh fruit.  It all works - take your pick based on taste and availability.

Serve the tart by itself, or with whipped cream. 

It will keep at room temperature for the better part of a day, but you should refrigerate it in the (unlikely) event that leftovers must be stored overnight.


HollyMann (author)2012-06-28

This looks INCREDIBLE!!! You're making me want to bake something! And thanks for the good ideas!

WUVIE (author)2012-06-24

Such a beautiful dessert, and so well presented! It is so nice to see someone take the time to create a fabulous Instructable such as this one. Thank you!

ESKUjr (author)2011-01-10

That looks good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chrissysno (author)2010-11-07

This is FANTASTIC! Your presentation in the picture is wonderful. I tried it myself, and I wouldn't change a thing! This is going into my favourites list.

canida (author)chrissysno2010-12-01

Excellent, thanks for the feedback!
Please post a picture if you make it again...

gemmacide (author)2010-10-06

I made this! I havent yet put the jam on, and I'm thinking that my attempt could have used more almonds, but it absolutely delicious! I used pears instead peaches (my hubby nicked them off the neighbours tree, (the bough was hanging over the pavement, surely public property non?) stolen goods seem to taste to much better!) and the result is to die for*!

*Or at least go to jail for....

canida (author)gemmacide2010-12-01

Hooray! Please post pictures next time - inspiration is always good. ;)

And yes, hanging over the pavement = fair game in most locales.

Screamo (author)2010-10-02

mmmm! i love rasberries and black berries!.

canida (author)Screamo2010-12-01

They can't be beat, especially fresh! That's my favorite part about fruit tarts.

Senior Waffleman (author)2010-09-09

this looks amazing

canida (author)Senior Waffleman2010-09-16

Thank you!

Senior Waffleman (author)canida2010-09-17

ur welcome :D

scoochmaroo (author)2010-09-09


canida (author)scoochmaroo2010-09-16

Should I make more?!?

scoochmaroo (author)canida2010-09-16

Um Yes. I'm making cakes on Monday!

A P3RS0N (author)2010-09-12

So, because the alcohol is added to the crust pre-baking, does that mean that the final product is booze-free?

gora_ji (author)A P3RS0N2010-09-12

You did read the instructions?

See bottom of STEP 2 immediately above the next picture - it states,
"*Note that we're replacing water in this recipe with 80-proof alcohol. It will allow the dough to be worked as normal, then evaporate upon baking to leave an exceptionally flaky crust."

ALL alcohol evaporates over time - in an oven very quickly.

This is an incredibly beautiful, 5 star French restaurant quality recipe AND INSTRUCTIBLE!

THANK YOU for such quality!

canida (author)gora_ji2010-09-16

Thank you for the high praise! Let me know if you try it.

sheltieman (author)A P3RS0N2010-09-13

not all the alchol will be baked out

canida (author)sheltieman2010-09-16

It's about as close to zero as you can get. I guarantee you wouldn't have any idea there was alcohol there to start off with.

canida (author)A P3RS0N2010-09-16

Yes, booze-free!. There's not much booze to start with, and it all bakes out.

Beekeeper (author)A P3RS0N2010-09-13

Yes, alcohol free. Yeast produces carbon dioxide gas and alcohol when bread is made. The carbon dioxide is what aerates the bread, meanwhile the alcohol evaporates when the bread is baked. I am sure no one would consider bread to contain alcohol - and this tart recipe should be considered alcohol free too, even though, like bread, there may be a few molecules of alcohol not yet evaporated (though I doubt it). If anyone is afraid of residual alchol in this recipe, then perhaps they should stop eating bread too.

noko (author)2010-09-12

this looks soooo tasty
Good job :)

canida (author)noko2010-09-16

Thank you!

Beekeeper (author)2010-09-12

Thank you for this. It is not only mouthwateringly beautiful to look at, but beautifully explained. I have always wondered what frangipane filling is; I thought it was a flower but my dictionary spells the flower frangipani. What about an instructable on a bavarois such as raspberry - there's a whole series here waiting to be decently explained and you do it so well especially with all the lovely photos. Maybe you can lead a revival of home made desserts instead of store-bought. It is my turn to take the dessert to a gourmet group pot luck and this looks like the perfect thing. Thank you again.

canida (author)Beekeeper2010-09-16

I'd love to do a series - great idea! And an even better excuse. ;)

Good luck with your potluck! Please post a picture if you make it.

Yes, this looks good, and i am sure it will taste good. I am surely going to make one soonest.

Awesome! Please post a picture when you do.

valhallas_end (author)2010-09-09

I need to make this ASAP. Rarely does a picture entice my tastebuds so...

canida (author)valhallas_end2010-09-16

Excellent! Let me know how it goes.

Ninzerbean (author)2010-09-09

Wow! That is soooo beautiful.

canida (author)Ninzerbean2010-09-16

Thank you!
I've become a huge fruit tart fan - they're awesome, sooooo easy, and make it look like you've put in much more effort. :)

Jayefuu (author)2010-09-09

Wow that looks amazing. Definitely up there with your best intro pictures too :D

canida (author)Jayefuu2010-09-16

Thank you! They're slowly getting better. ;)

Kaiven (author)2010-09-09

Yum, that looks deliciously awesome!

canida (author)Kaiven2010-09-16

It is! And easy. Mmmmm, fruit.
Let me know if you give it a try!

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