Gluten Free Apricot Almond Tart RecipeFor years I lived in an area of California that was once a fruit orchard valley before it became Silicon Valley. We had eleven fruit trees on our property including several apricot trees.
Every summer it was a race to use up the fragile, sun ripened apricots before the birds got to them or worse before the little hellions that were my boys decided that the apricots were the perfect summer version of a snowball and began to toss the honey nectar filled orbs at each other turning my yard and patios into a sticky, oozing mass of coral colored gunk.
The boys have long since grown and for the most part have stopped making messes that I have to clean up and we have moved to the other side of the continent but come summer my thoughts still turn to ways I can make the most of the short apricot summer season.
The base of this Apricot Almond Tart is a gluten free almond mixture, which is not too sweet and really lets the apricots shine. Best of all, it is easy to prepare and the oven does most of the work.
Gluten Free Apricot Almond Tart Recipe
6 tablespoons melted butter or non-dairy butter substitute such as Earth Balance, cooled slightly plus more butter for preparing the pan
3 tablespoons powdered sugar plus more for preparing the pan and dusting on top
1 ¾ cups ground almond meal
3 large eggs – slightly beaten
Pinch of salt
¼ cup honey
8 large fresh apricots, halved, pitted and then halved again (if apricots are not in season then canned will work fine, cut each half in half again)
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch springform pan with butter or non-dairy butter substitute and then dust with powdered sugar, tapping out the excess.
In a large mixing bowl combine the melted butter, powdered sugar, ground almonds, eggs, salt and honey. Mix very well with a whisk until lumps disappear and pour into prepared pan.
Arrange the apricots in concentric circles on top of the batter. You want the edges of the apricots to stick out of the batter a bit.
Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until browned and set. Rotate the dish twice while baking for even browning.
Let cool and remove from springform pan. Dust with additional powdered sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
This Gluten Free Apricot Almond Tart recipe serves 8 – 10
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