Almond Tart with Grilled Apricots

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By Nancy Buchanan

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13/7/2011

by Nancy Buchanan on July 13, 2011

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind -  a full round of parties celebrating the graduation of not only my oldest but of  all his friends.   At one of these parties some friends mentioned that their apricot tree was overflowing with fruit.  I casually mentioned that I would be more than happy to help them with that problem – because, you know, I am always willing to  lend a hand – LOL!!! Anyhow, low and behold, when I got home there was a bag of absolutely gorgeous apricots waiting for me – woo hoo!!!

Now of course some people would be tempted just to eat them as is – which is a perfectly good idea – but I had plans for these beauties – big plans.  An idea for a  grilled summer  dessert  had been rolling around my brain for a while and I  I knew the apricots would be perfect for it – and I was right – they were!!

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This recipe could not be easier to make. I know many people make this claim about lots of recipes…. but I have proof!

hand photo Almond Tart with Grilled Apricots

Sharp knife, crowded party = Trip to the ER!

So, when I say that these tarts are easy to make, I am not kidding.  If I can make ‘em with this hand, well… you have no excuse. .

Ok, so about this dessert. The tart base is cross between a cookie and a cake and topped with a combination of sweetened  marscapone and whipped cream and then topped with grilled apricots  that I glazed with a vanilla syrup.

Vanilla syrup?? Yeah, I’ve got plans for that too…..

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“Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans.”

 

 

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moowiesqrd July 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

That’s some gorgeous photography, Nancy! Love the tarts! How’s the hand and how in the world did you land yourself in the ER with a knife wound?

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Nancy July 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Thanks Marie!! Have to admit, I was rather pleased with the apricot shot but when you have such a gorgeous fruit to work with, it’s pretty hard not to get a great shot!

Actually, it was just my finger – but had to have it splinted for a few days since the cut was in the joint and the doctor didn’t want me bending it until it had healed up a bit. This was so stupid – was slicing rolls at a party I was catering and got bumped and the knife sliced my finger! Hubs was at the party and when I got home decided he’d better check it out – grabbed his keys and said ” you need stitches” so that was that! On the upside our ER has free 24/7 valet parking and free wi fi – not too shabby!!

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Lucy Lean July 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

ouch! Sorry to see you are injured – this tart looks amazing – don’t you just LOVE apricot season

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Nancy July 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I adore apricot season – in tarts, plain, with cheese…. (sigh)!!!

Yeah, having a bum finger is no fun – you never realize how much you use them until you can’t!!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Oh Nancy! I hope your hand is ok!!! That’s awful luck! Happy healing :)

And your dessert, the recipe AND the photography..just beautiful!

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hi Averie!!
Thanks – Almost back to normal – tender and stiff but getting there – so glad you liked the photo – Matt’s workshop is paying off!

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the urban baker July 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

oooo – so sorry about your hand. that could not have been fun. hopefully some of that tart was waiting for you when got home from the ER. Are you bandage free yet??? Regardless, the tart is gorgeous and I love the idea of grilling your stone fruit.

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Marla {family fresh cooking} July 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Oh Nancy, I am so sorry to see that you were injured. Take care of yourself & enjoy these beautiful tarts!

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thanks Marla – hopefully I won’t make a habit of it!

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Judy July 14, 2011 at 4:58 am

I love it when the idea in my head turns into delicious on the table — these look wonderful — solace as you heal ;)

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

Thank you Judy!! I love it too when an idea works!!

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Kristen July 14, 2011 at 5:59 am

Oh no – your hand!! I hope it heals quickly. Your tarts look fantastic. Beautiful pics.

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

Thanks Kristen – Almost back to normal!!

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Lentil Breakdown July 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

Am late for my clafouti call. I have apricots languishing in my fridge. But your tarts look WAY better than my humble clafouti! Maybe you’ll become the first ambidextrous chef. Work those new knife skills, girl! (very carefully)

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

Ah, but what the clafouti lacks in beauty it makes up for in flavor!!! yeah, thinking being ambidextrous would be a very good thing!

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Maria July 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

Sorry about your hand! Not fun:( Beautiful dessert! I love apricots!

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

Definitely not fun… don’t recommend it at all.

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Magic of Spice July 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Oh goodness, I hope your hand is OK…yikes!
The tars look lovely and seems easy enough for even me :)

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

Thanks! These really are easy, easy to make!

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Mary Ann July 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Nancy, I am so sorry about your finger…the perils of the trade! My mouth was watering as I read every step. I am on a diet and this is killing me. Going to save the recipe though. Happy summer.
Mary Ann

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hi Mary Ann!

Now that I am almost healed have to get you guys over for dinner – I’ll make sure everything is “diet” friendly!

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lisaiscooking July 15, 2011 at 6:34 am

Ouch! Hope you finger is healing quickly. What a great-looking dessert–and doable with a bandaged hand! I love everything about this from the mascarpone filling to the grilled apricots and vanilla syrup.

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thanks!! Almost back to normal – still a little stiff and tender but it’s getting there! Have to say the vanilla syrup is “da bomb” – it is so good drizzled on berries, fruit and in drinks – thinking I am going to need a whole shelf just for my syrups!!

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sippitysup July 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

I love the apricots in the market right now. I am sorry you hurt your hand, but I am proud of you for taking one in the hand for team apricot. Go Team! GREG

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Nancy July 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

LOL!! Well, somebody had to do it, right??

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Angie@Angiesrecipes July 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Ouch! I wish you a speedy recovery!
You came up with such a pretty tart with just one hand! My 100% respect!

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Nancy July 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

Hi Angie!

Thank you! Hand is almost back 100% thank goodness! The tart truly is easy – no kidding!

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Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

ridiculously pretty! I want some. I need some! :)

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Carolyn Jung July 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

Apricots play so well with anything nutty tasting. And I love how you grilled the apricots to give them that added caramelized sweet touch. Hope your hand is better soon! ;)

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Nancy July 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hi Carolyn!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Apricots and nuts are truly a match made in heaven! I’ve been grilling a lot of fruit lately – I love how it heightens the natural sweetness of the fruit!
Hand is definitely on the mend – thank goodness!!

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Katie Thacher July 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

This looks amazing. I absolutely love apricots, especially grilled, and mascarpone sounds like such a perfect pairing for them!

Thanks for sharing this.

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Nancy July 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Hi Katie!
Thank you for stopping by – I have been having so much fun this summer grilling all kinds of fruit – after making this family decided that I am not completely crazy!!

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Lucy July 26, 2011 at 2:53 am

That marscapone topping sounds heavenly! Love the idea of grilling the apricots – they look so pretty.

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Nancy July 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Hi Lucy!!

Thanks for coming by – grilling stone fruit is wonderful and have to say the marscapone topping goes great with it!

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jenjenk September 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm

darn it – don’t know how i missed this!!! then again, i was probably bitter since i missed the entire APRICOT SEASON!! next year i shall make this…1 long year… :(

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Nancy September 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Well, at least you’ll have something to lookf forward to .. hee hee…. But I feel the same way about some of the recipes I came across!!!

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