This recipe comes courtesy of my dear pal Natalie James, who found it over on www.taste.com.au. The recipe on their site is actually for a Nectarine Frangipane Tart, but I had plums in my fridge. So that’s what I used. Living on the edge, me.
It is absolutely delicious and ever so simple to make. Having a food processor certainly makes the process easier and quicker, however it is by no means essential. This was the first tart I have ever made, and I was immensely proud of it.
There were definitely a few hitches when it came to rolling out my pastry, but thanks to you lovely lot and your helpful comments on Instagram, I now know to roll my pastry between two sheets of baking paper. Top tips from a clever bunch.
Here you go – now go forth and create a masterpiece and whatever you do, make sure you eat most of it yourself and take ALL the credit.
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1/2 cup (55g) almond meal
1/3 cup (50g) icing sugar mixture
125g chilled butter
1 egg yolk
4 just-ripe nectarines, quartered, stoned, cut into wedges
Caster sugar, to sprinkle
For the frangipane
100g butter, softened
1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup (100g) almond meal
1/4 cup (40g) plain flour
1: To make the pastry, place the flour, almond meal, icing sugar and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and process until dough just comes together. Shape into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
2: Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 3mm-thick disc. Line the base and side of a 23cm-round fluted tart pan with removable base with the pastry and trim the edges. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
3: Preheat oven to 200°C. Line the pastry with baking paper and pastry weights. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and weights and bake for a further 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 180°C.
4: To make the frangipane, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat until just combined. Add the almond meal and flour and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Spoon mixture into the prepared pastry case and use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. Arrange the nectarines over the frangipane. Sprinkle with caster sugar.
5: Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until frangipane is set. Remove from oven and set aside in pan to cool completely.