3 Jul 2012

The Queen's Apricot Tart

Signature dish: A magic dish that nobody can cook better (or even as good as) than the person gifted by its magic super powers.
PS: Do you really think you can pretend to be Zorro and fool anybody just because you can carve a Z on a wooden door with you Swiss knife?
As a relatively good cook, I obviously can cook tarts. They are even very good my tarts.
Yet, The Queen of Tarts, she cooks them better. That’s (one of) her (many) talent(s).
One day, a long time ago, the God of Tarts looked down at her, decided to give her The Gift and made her Queen of Tarts.
I’m gonna have to stop you right there if you are one of those who think that tarts are boring desserts, because tarts made by the Queen of Tarts are nowhere near boring. They are just heaven in your plate.
As she is my super-heroin, I can’t put The Queen of Tarts at risk and reveal her identity, but consider yourself lucky because she’s allowed me to share one of her recipes with you. I personally don’t cook tarts very often. My taste buds prefer visiting her when they crave for a tart.
I strongly advise you to give it a go though. Who knows, maybe a Queen or King lies in you?!

The Queen of Apricot Tart
A sweet shortcrust pastry
1kg fresh apricots
150g caster sugar
2 eggs
250g approx. crème fraiche (or double cream)

Make the tart:
1/ Preheat your oven at 180°C
2/ Unroll the pastry onto a metal tart tin
3/ Stone the apricots, cut them in half and lay them on a big plate. Sprinkle sugar on top of them (approx. 4 tbsp). Leave for 5 mins. The apricots will start releasing juice and soak up the sugar.
4/ In a big bowl, beat with a fork the eggs, crème fraiche and sugar. Add the apricots. Mix gently to coat all the apricots with the egg/cream/sugar mix.
5/ Pour the mix and apricots on top of the pastry, spread evenly. Bake in the middle of the oven for approx. 30-40 min or until golden. Eat warm or cold.

PS: this recipe is even more special to me because it was the first time I used my new camera that my wonderful friends and family got for me for my birthday. It is so amazing that it just makes me want to bake even more!

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