Friday, October 12, 2012

FFWD ~ Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart

Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart
Treats come to us in different ways! For my husband and I, our treat was staying with our wonderful grandsons for the week; while my son and daughter-in-law were in Paris.  Getting to know our grandkids on such a personal level was so rewarding.  Our days were filled with getting them to school, picking them up from school, sports and bedtime routines.  My grandsons love playing basketball with their grandfather…they play PIG ( another version of HORSE )!  Helping with homework this week, my husband invented a new kind of PIG by using my younger grandsons spelling words. He got 100% on the test!! Yea!  C plays football for his middle school and R plays little league. Everyday was quite busy, except sunday! So we decided to visit the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.  A suggestion made by my older grandson.  We had a great time browsing the huge mineral collection.  My younger grandson was quite taken by the dinosaur poop in the dinosaur section. Go figure, he’s eight!  They both loved panning for gem stones. We all got to dig for sharks teeth and fossils at the museum dig site. This was a really lovely museum with a lot of hands on activities for kids. If you’re ever in the Atlanta area you should check it out!!
Checking out the dinosaur poop….a huge hit for R
The sign said “Do Not Touch"
Panning for gems

Oh, and lets not forget about “Ice Cream Fridays”.  Something we started a few years ago while watching the kids.  So after watching my youngest grandsons flag football game, we headed to Menchies Frozen Yogurt store. This store is fun! You get a big cup to fill with whatever flavors of yogurt you want and then, pick your toppings to make your own sundae. Something my younger grandson needs to be guided through, or he would be eating a quart of frozen yogurt.


This week was also a first for me. I got my first smart phone (I-phone 4s)! Lucky for me, my 11 year old grandson was around to tutor me on its use!  The week went by fast and, before we knew it, my son and daughter in law were on their way home. To welcome them home, I decided to make my French Friday recipe, Crispy Crackly Apple Almond Tart!  This tart was amazing and very easy to put together. I made my almond cream in the morning and, when it was time to put together the tart, it was a piece of cake.  I used some of my kumquat marmalade as the glaze. It was scrumptious!  We enjoyed it so much that I made a second one tonight for company!  This tart is a definite keeper! 

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”.   You can also find it  here at Epicurious, where it was posted by Dorie.  To see what my fellow Doristas are doing check it out here.

Making the almond cream
Ready for the oven
Beautiful and delicious!
Loved this tart!
This tart is becoming a new “go to” favorite for me
And look what my kids brought back from Paris for me….I shared the macarons….oh so yummy!



39 comments:

  1. Yum! My inlaws just went to Paris recently & brought me back some macaroons too! Lucky us! Your tart looks beautiful & it's so nice you got to spend some QT with your grandsons!

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  2. I love when you share your time with your grandchildren...what great memories you're making for them! And I bet one of their best memories will be grandma's wonderful baked goods...your tart looks magnificent, Kathy!

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  3. Oh, Kathy, your Post just oozed happiness (as well as almond cream and macaroons). Yep, these are the best of times with grandchildren and, it seems to me, that the two of you are just as important to them as they are to you. Boys, we've only been surrounded by girls, girls, girls. Lots of drama through the years at Chez Hirsch, that's for sure. My kids arrive in Aspen tomorrow to spend a week because we are having a celebration of Michael's Life on Tuesday morning. The little girls, Emma, 11, and Clara, 9, are singing "Amazing Grace" which is making their Mother. Melissa, a nervous wreck! I liked this week's recipe as much as you did. Your tart is beauitifully made and the kumquat marmelade must be delicious (as well as impressive). It was a fun project this week, wasn't it?

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  4. What a wonderful week! I really like the way you alternated the rows of apples. And so envious of your Ladurre treats!

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  5. I just got my first "real" phone too...trying to figure it all out as well. :) Your tart looks great. We are headed to my grandmother's soon and I'll bring home lots of fresh apples, so I'll have to try this dessert with her good apples.

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  6. Your tart is beautiful! We loved this recipe, but would take some macarons any day!

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  7. Your tart looks wonderful! What a wonderful combination of flavors. And macarons from Paris - heavenly!

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  8. Your tart looks beautiful:) A great idea using your kumquat marmalade as the glaze. What a fun time you had with your grandsons. My family loves Menchies.

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  9. What a fun post. Sounds like a great week with the grandkids. And then macarons as a reward at the end of the week isn't too shabby either!

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  10. This tart is definitely a keeper :-)
    Sounds like a wonderful time with the grandkids - they are lucky ducks to have such great grandparents.

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  11. Kathy, what a fun-filled week you had with your grand-sons and what a terrific looking tart you made, glazed with homemade kumquat marmelade, sounds and looks delicious. Great pictures of your grand-sons enjoying the museum.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. You always have such a great time with your grandkids! I love the kumquat marmalade on top because I´m mad about kumquats. Wasn´t this tart wonderful? It looks fantastic Kathy, and so do your gifts!

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  13. The tart looks wonderful! Good for you to share the macarons! I may have been more selfish, those things are So Good!

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  14. Sounds like you had the most wonderful time with your grandkids this week! And to end the week with a beautiful apple tart and Laduree macarons? That's just awesome.

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  15. Your tart looks awesome! But, I'll also have to sneak a macaroon as well!

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  16. What a delicious pie! Enjoy your new phone, its addictive!

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  17. Your kids are the best. :P

    I love apple tart. I've never done it with almond though. Yumyumyum.

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  18. It sounds like you had such a fun week, Kathy. How sweet of your kids to bring back such great treats for you. The macarons are so pretty and colorful. Your tart looks so beautiful and marmalade sounds delicious for the glaze. I agree that this was an easy and elegant dessert and I will be making it again for sure. Have a lovely weekend!

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  19. Sounds like you had an amazing time with your boys! I couldn't imagine a warmer welcome home treat than this week's tart. I'm very happy for you, Kathy. :)

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  20. What a wonderful week Kathy! And to top it off with macaroons is excellent:) We have our grandson with us this week and its so fun!

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  21. Kathy, your apple tart looks amazing, and totally delicious! Your grandsons must have had such a great time with 'their grandparents'...and for a super yummy treat...macarons from Paris! too much...just loved it:)

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  22. It sounds like you had a great time with your grandsons, Kathy! Wonderful! Your tart looks fantastic. What a nice way to welcome home your son and daughter-in-law! Lucky them. And good luck with that iPhone. I'm a bit of Luddite, but I'm addicted to mine. Love, love, love it!

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  23. This tart was so good. Not real sweet.
    Macaroons from Paris!! O LA LA!!

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  24. that is a fun week. i am sure the macaroons are awesome.

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  25. Your tart looks lovely. And so do the Laduree treats! LOL - do not touch, so what do they do ...

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  26. I'm just drooling, it looks fantastic, once again fabulous pictures. You should right a book. Loved the whole story about the boys. Lucky boys and lucky Grandma and Grandpa!

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  27. Tricia and I had lunch at Laduree and it is a wonderful place. The treats are out of this world. Your tart looks lovely and
    so delicious, especially on that green plate. Happy to hear that you had a ball with the grandchildren and I hope your son
    and his wife enjoyed their trip to Paris.

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  28. Wow I remember how much I looked forward to staying with my grams when my parents went on a trip!! I am sure your grandsons enjoyed themselves as much as you did! And this tart was so special!!!

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  29. What super grandparents to watch your grandchildren and give your own children the opportunity to go to Paris! I hope they are thoroughly enjoying the city of lights!

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  30. Your apple tart looks irresistible. The macarons from Paris are heavenly!

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  31. Fall is all about apples! Your tart with the crusty, flucky bed looks perfect for the season!

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  32. Wonderful bakes & thks for sharing your family story. Stumbled upon your lovely blog & following u now at GFC & Pinterest. Would love to have u follow me too! Looking fwd to sharing :)

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  33. Mmmm... I bought extra apples this week after seeing this on YummyChunklet's blog, so must get baking.

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  34. How professionally done this looks like its from a french bakery wow so creative! Love apples, just bought a bag.. great idea to make this one when I get a the time.. Thanks for all your visits I am so far behind.. 4th quarter and retail management do not mix with blogging :) thanks again! Claudia!

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  35. Wow - this belongs in a fancy bakery display. Gorgeous application of fall's greatest fruit. I love the aesthetic, flavors, and photography, Kathy!

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  36. Oh wow! Your son and daughter-in-law got you the perfect thing! Your tart looks wonderful - a perfect way to celebrate their return!

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  37. Your tart looks lovely, and I'm jealous of your Paris treats!

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