Friday, October 18, 2013

FFWD~Caramel-Almond Custard Tarts

Beautiful and delicious…Caramel Almond Custard Tarts

This week our French Friday recipe is, Caramel Almond Custard Tart, a classic French custard tart with some delicious tweaks from Dorie!   She tells us that, while she was making a nut tart she decided to play around with the filling, and came up with this marvelous tasting caramel version!
Dorie’s tweak has given this a rich, deep caramel flavor! A true winner!!
Since my hubby is still watching his weight, I decided to make only two mini tarts!  However, I did not cut the custard in half. I was worried I would not have enough to fill the tarts if I halved it.  I just baked the leftover in custard cups.


I made my crust early in the day.  The tart crust was quite easy to put together.  The recipe calls for making it in a food processor. Since I’m still in Florida, and there is no food processor in the house, I made mine the old fashioned way, by hand!  I used a pastry blender to cut in the butter and added two tablespoons of cream along with the egg yolk because, I felt this recipe needed a bit more moisture. I then kneaded the dough until it came together. The dough rolled out beautifully and had a great texture.  You could add a whole egg instead of the cream, if you like.

Just out of the oven
The custard consists of a simple caramel made of sugar, water, and cream.  It came together perfectly. To the caramel you add a mixture of eggs, sugar and milk. Cook until the mixture comes to a boil and melds together.
Now for the tart assembly.  Sprinkle toasted sliced almonds on the partially baked crusts, then pour in the custard to fill.  I baked mine about 25 minutes.
I think these tarts were a prelude to Thanksgiving.  They were just plain delicious! We enjoyed ours on the porch, in the early evening as the sun began to set on the Gulf of Mexico!  Beautiful!! Happy Friday everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook “Around My French Table”,  it can also be found here.  Think about buying the book…it’s worth every penny!  Dorie’s Sweet Tart Dough can be found here. To see how others did with this recipe you can check it out here.


 These were just amazing…I see a new dessert for the Thanksgiving table!
Won’t you join us!!

30 comments:

  1. Your pictures are so beautiful Kathy! They make me wish i had one of these little tarts right in front of me!

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  2. Won't you join us.. oh please.. i love to join you..

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  3. Your mini ones are so cute :) Next time when I make mine properly I will do mini versions too!

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  4. How funny that we had the same idea about Thanksgiving! Your tarts are bakery-worthy. I love that you added whipped cream - I thought about it. And the figs - just perfect!

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  5. Kathy I love these mini ones look amazing!

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  6. Beautiful tarts. They look so delicious. I agree, these tarts would be great for Thanksgiving. Have a nice weekend.

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  7. Your tarts look great! And love that you served them with figs.

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  8. what stunning tarts! simply gorgeous - I'm going to try these out for Thanksgiving as you suggest!
    Mary x

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  9. Gorgeous photos and gorgeous recipe results ! How clever that you thought to only make 2 tarts. I was enroute to Vt and grabbed a large rectangle pan, which I proceeded to fill. I am going to be leaning on hubby to consume the majority of it and will try to remember not to make the full recipe again till the kids are home :) And I also did not have a Cuisinart his week and chuckled with how I struggled. One wisk, one spoon (no pastry cutter) and finally my hands did the trick. Along with two handfuls of water. Enjoy the south !!

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  10. I love the minis. Especially with the fig wedges on the side. I'm a huge fan of this crust too.

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  11. That's one beautiful sunset. I hope you keep enjoying your time in Seaside!

    Your tarts turned out super pretty. Thank you so much for sharing your tips for helping the dough come together. I know I can pull this one off...

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  12. Love love your presentation and that last picture.... beautiful!

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  13. I did the same thing and actually liked the crustless ramekins better. More flavor. Beautiful shots of the tarts.

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  14. Look at those tarts, Kathy! They look absolutely divine.

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  15. This tart sounds like a dream Kathy! Who can resist custard, caramel and almonds? I need to make it, even though I wasn't able to post yesterday.

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  16. Wish we were there, then you could have made the full recipe LOL One sunset is more gorgeous then the next, love that place. Maybe next year. xoxoxo

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  17. Wow your tart came out very impressive and I love the presentation with the cream... very envious of your sunset on the beach.

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  18. Kathy, your photos are amazing! You obviously learned lots @IFBC. I'm feeling kind of jealous of your skills but also of you still being in Florida! We are in Memphis now and then head to Dallas to babysit the Amazing Mr. B. It will be my second trip to see him since Seattle. Maybe that's why I'm always behind; I spend too much time in Dallas:) I've been keeping an eye open for blog conferences in the northeast next year. West coast one year, east coast the next. Sounds good to me. That way I could at least see some of you east coasters again!

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  19. Oh Kathy! Your photo is great! I love how much more attention we have all been paying to our photography since the conference! :) So jealous of your Gulf photo too! :) Can I come for a visit??

    Did you try anything different with your custard cups or just made the same almond "tart"?

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  20. Kathy, absolutely beautiful tarlets - I love the fact that you used small tart pans for this pretty French dessert tart and they look so impeccably perfect! And then the sunset...your blog post is taking my braeth away - what a joy to come here and look at all your wonderful pictures!
    Hope you are spending a wonderful time in Florida! All the best from Bonn!
    Andrea

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  21. Mine wouldn't come out of my tart pans! Yours look perfect, Kathy! And just look at that gorgeous sunset :)

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  22. Fun styling :-)
    I liked the custard straight up even better than with the tart dough (although both were great)

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  23. Great photography! This tart looks so inviting--I should have joined French Fridays... And I agree that this would be spectacular for Thanksgiving if it tastes half as good as it looks.

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  24. Hello Kathy, your tarts are lovely. I am thinking of trying a caramel pecan pie. I love caramel!

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  25. Beautiful pictures Kathy -your caramel almond custard tarts are beauties!!! I will put these on my recipes to make from AMFT list ;)

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  26. Kathy, your little caramel tarts, and photos of them are oh, sooooo gorgeous! Love the sunset photo...incredible colors of the sky and the ocean. Guess you're in the panhandle of our state again; wish you were closer to us so we could get together to visit. (I'm at least 7hrs by car, away from you...sigh)

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  27. Weren't these delicious! I was also seeing previews of Thanksgiving. My thought was to use pecans and make this as a kind of french pecan pie. Karo syrup is not so easy to find around here so this recipe would be a great substitute for the real thing.

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  28. Your tart looks amazing!! I would also love to go that beach.

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  29. Great idea. These would be a perfect Thanksgiving addition! The fig garnish really makes the photos.

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