Friday, February 11, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie Orange-Almond Tart



Well, here I am in the sunshine state. Unfortunately for me, there is no sunshine and the temperature is a balmy 32 degrees this morning.  Since this is not a beach day, it is a perfect day to bake my Orange-Almond Tart for FFwD. After reading over the recipe, I realized I had no food processor, no pastry blender, no rolling pin and no tart pan.  A trip to the outlet mall was required, directly to the kitchen store. I was able to get a rolling pin and tart pan but, I totally forgot about the pastry blender. A fork will work nicely, just a little more elbow grease.  Then a trip to the grocery store was needed. We're in a beach house, so I had to do a complete grocery shopping anyway.  Flour, sugar, eggs, and almond flour.  I was shopping with my husband and sent him on the mission to find the almond flour.  I thought it might be quite hard to find and was surprised that Publix had it! I was also quite surprised at the price. $11.98 for one pound. My husband looked at me with a big smile on his face and asked "Do you know how much this is"? I just smiled back, what could I say, I needed it!  Then went to the register.This tart was quite easy to make as long as you gave yourself the time it needed. I cut the oranges, a few hours before I needed them. They needed time to dry. I then made the pastry shell. I whisked the dry ingredients together and then added the butter, using a fork to cut the butter into the flour mixture.  After adding the egg, it still seemed a little dry to me so I added a tablespoon or two of milk. That worked just fine and I mixed it with my hands and pressed into a disk, wrapped and refrigerated it. Making the almond cream was again easy. I used a rubber spatula to whip it up. I then refrigerated it and went for a walk on the beach.  When I got back, I put the tart together. I rolled out the dough, spread the almond cream on the crust, placed the oranges on top and then placed it in the oven.
After dinner I served this tart and since I have baked many wonderful desserts in the past…I thought just another dessert. Wow, was I wrong...this unassuming tart was fantastic! The first thing I noticed was the wonderful butter taste of the crust. The filling was so delicious and I expected the oranges to be quite strong however, the oranges had a subtle flavor. I'm sure this is why Dorie said it was important to the recipe to dry them…a small thing that made a world of difference in the taste!  My husband said "This should go right to the top of the keeper list"!
Hope everyone loved this recipe as much as we did! It can be found in Dorie Greenspans new book "Around My French Table".  You can also find it HERE!


Butter being cut into the flour mixture for the crust.

ready to refrigerate 

Orange slices laid out on paper towels.

Rolled out and ready for the pan.

Almond cream

Ready for the oven…it took about 55 minutes to bake.
Just out of the oven.


My piece…wish I could share it!

15 comments:

  1. OKAY, if you don't make this for me next time I see you I will be very upset. I looks so good and once again great pictures. I'm drooling.

    ReplyDelete
  2. SO pretty! Wasn't this delicious?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your tart looks so pretty! And, kudos to you and your husband for going all out with the almond flour. The only bag I could find was a pound for $13.99, to which I said now and ground the almonds myself. And, wasn't that cream just delicious?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Not only am I tres jaloux over how beautiful your tart turned out - the fact that you said "...since it wasn't a beach day..." in February! Oh je suis tres jaloux!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Kathy-You must be at the northern end of the Panhandle, in Florida. Here in West Palm it's 64 degrees, miserable, cloudy, and raining on and off.
    Your tart turned out so perfect and beuatiful, not to mention how amazing it tasted with the orange slices. I know, because I had a big piece from my daughter, Lora's tart.
    Another Dorie's challenge, well done!

    ReplyDelete
  6. YC- If I had a food processor I would have made the almond flour too. Way too much money to spend on 1 lb. of almond flour. Allison and Elizabeth- In February on the panhandle there are really never true beach days…not for me anyway. I did spend today walking the beach at one of the state parks. Beautiful…cool…but beautiful. We are in Santa Rosa Beach area. Thanks for the comments on my tart, I was so happy with it!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very nice. Glad you were able to pull this one off. The almond flour was a killer. I was so excited when I was able to score a bag for 7$ at the grocer tonight - it felt like stealing!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your tart looks lovely! It's amazing what we can accomplish even without all our fancy baking tools isn't it? Beautiful job, Kathy! I just got to Florida this evening - visiting my mom for her birthday. :) Further south than you though. Enjoy your stay here!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Kathy- I'm in the Sunshine State too:) Your tart looks wonderful. The cream was dreamy! Nice job:)

    ReplyDelete
  10. All of your photos are wonderful but that one at the top looks like you just got home from a Patisserie :) It is at the top of my go-to as well. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi! Thanks for welcoming me to the group! Your tart looks great! That's amazing you made all of that without the aid of a food processor. That is a lot of elbow work!! Looks beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Your tart looks beautiful! The beach sounds wonderful!! My daughter just asked a day or two ago when we could go to the beach again ... my answer was, "When we live on the East Coast again." She didn't appreciate that answer and I'm about ready to move across the country just to be close to wonderful beaches again!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Your tart looks great! Sorry you had to pay so much for the almond flour. Yikes!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. One of the things I like about vacation houses is how creative you become when you cook. Without all the tools you have at home, you really get a sense of accomplishment from using what you have on hand.

    Your tart looks beautiful! It must be wonderful to make it with local oranges, too.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you everyone for your very kind comments…I loved this tart, and by what I saw on all your blogs, we all enjoyed it and did a great job! Bring on the next challenge!

    ReplyDelete