When family birthdays come up I always let the birthday boy or girl select the party menu, but timing is a little off this month and my daughter will have to settle for her choice of dessert and save the beef and cheese fondue celebration until after my older daughter and I return from Europe. We all will get together this weekend to celebrate and I’ll rely on a family favorite, make ahead meal so I don’t end up with every pot and plate in the kitchen needing to be washed and put away the evening before we leave.
My mother made this tart for my daughter for special occasions since she was a little girl. Its easy to put together, no pastry rolling involved, and comes out of the oven full of roasted almonds and gooey caramel. I know you will love it if you try it. We don’t top it with anything, but a scoop of ice cream might be a delicious addition.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 large egg yolks
Blend flour, sugar and butter with a pastry blender. Stir in the egg yolks and mix till dough forms a ball. Press into the bottom and sides of a 11 – 12 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Don’t try to roll out this pastry. Spread evenly and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
- 1-1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups sliced almonds
- dash salt
Bring mixture to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add vanilla, salt and almonds. Pour into shell and bake at 375 degrees till lightly browned, about 30 – 35 minutes. Watch carefully. Remove from pan when cool.
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