I felt very French making this recipe. Madeline Peyroux played on the ipod, and I used a sinful amount of butter in this flaky, fruity tart. Please don’t judge me, butter haters. You see, I needed to make this recipe. Gemma’s doctor gave me the go ahead to try dairy to see if it still affected her. That called for a celebratory pastry, and this is it.
Have you seen blackberries lately? They are dark, and huge, and look like little gems gleaming from plastic produce boxes in the grocery store. I had a cobbler disaster not too long ago, so I decided a dessert where the fruit stays in tact would be a good idea.
This was my first time making frangipane, otherwise known as that amazingly-fragrant-and-rich-almond-cream that fills French pastries. Some recipes call for almond meal, but I decided to put the food processor to use and grind whole almonds with butter and sugar to make a thick creamy filling. Note, you need a pretty heavy duty food processor in order to grind almonds. A blender is definitely not an option. If you don’t have a food processor, use almond meal instead.
1 1/4 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon sugar
pinch of cinnamon
In food processor, pulse flour and butter. Add sugar, salt, and cinnamon and pulse a few more times. Add water a tablespoon at a time and pulse. Once you have enough water, dough should form small crumbles and stick together between your fingers when you pinch it. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
6 ounces almonds
2/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg yolk
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp salt
zest of one lemonIn a food processor, pulse sugar and almonds until almonds are broken down into a course meal. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixture is smooth.
2. Lay blackberries on their sides and press into the cream. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
I got a little taste of what being a single parent means this past week. Stu was traveling Sunday-Friday, and it was just me and baby girl. All I can say is- whew-it was not easy. You single moms, military moms, (or single dads, for that matter) YOU ARE AMAZING, and I have NO CLUE how you do what you do. You deserve pie everyday.