Italian Almond Tart

Italian Almond Tart

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A sweet pastry case is filled with a rich frangipane filling, baked and then glazed with a simple icing to make this delightful dessert. The tart will puff up in the oven but as it cools it will deflate! Don't worry, that's how it is supposed to be.


Serves: 6 

  • Pastry
  • 300g plain or pasta flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150g butter
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Almond Filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 225g ground almonds
  • 90g plain or pasta flour, sifted
  • 16g baking powder, sifted
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Glaze:
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • flaked almonds, optional to decorate

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:1hour25min 

  1. Pastry: Place flour, caster sugar, egg, butter and lemon zest in a bowl then mix quickly with your hands to form a soft dough. Do not overwork.
  2. Lightly grease and flour a square cake tin. Roll out pastry on a floured surface. Line the tin with the pastry, covering the bottom and sides. Prick the pastry with a fork. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  4. Almond Filling: In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks with the sugar until frothy. Stir in ground almonds, sifted flour and baking powder.
  5. In a separate clean bowl beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into ground almond mixture.
  6. To Bake: Remove the prepared pastry lined tin form the fridge then pour in almond filling. Spread the filling evenly with the back of a spoon or a spatula.
  7. Bake the tart in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool slightly while you prepare the icing.
  8. Glaze: Sift the icing sugar then add 2 tablespoons of water. Mix with a spoon to create a smooth thin icing. Drizzle or spread the glaze over the warm tart. Decorate with flaked almonds.

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