Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Peach Tart

close up of tart

Happy Birthday to Tuesdays with Dorie! The group has been going strong for a year now, and Dorie Greenspan herself was gracious enough to choose this week's recipe: French Pear Tart. Oh, I know what you're thinking. My title is French *Peach* Tart. Well, I had a slight mental lapse while buying the canned fruit and just grabbed the peaches. (Probably because I'm not really a huge fan of pears... although I'm sure they're delicious in this dessert.) Luckily, Dorie's inevitable "Playing Around" section also suggests peaches, so it all worked out :)

[recipe here]

piece of tart

I was really, really pleased with how this came out! I didn't really know what to expect, since I'd never had this almond cream-type of filling before, but it was delicious, with a chewy/crunchy top and creamy interior. The peaches added a very nice sweet and fruity counterpoint.

The tart shell was a par-baked recipe of Dorie's sweet tart dough, which we also used in La Palette's Strawberry Tart. This time, to avoid cleaning the food processor twice for once recipe, I made the dough by hand with a dough cutter. It was much easier than I expected, and I'll probably be doing it more often!

par-baked tart shell

The almond cream consisted of butter, sugar, ground blanched almonds, a little flour and cornstarch, an egg yolk, and some rum. Dorie recommended assembling the cream in a food processor in that order, creaming the butter and sugar, adding the almonds till smooth, then the dry ingredients, then the yolk, and finally the lovely, lovely rum.

Ingredient note: I used very finely ground almond flour, which came out to be 60g for the required 3/4 cup.

food processor - sugar and butterfood processor - adding almond flour
food processor - smoothed outfood processor - finished cream

Here are the non-pears:

peaches in can


Dorie says to drain and pat the fruit dry, or else the cream won't set during baking.

drained peaches

I had let the cream sit in the fridge overnight, so by the time I assembled the tart for baking, it was very thick and almost batter-like in consistency.

filling tart
spreading the almond cream


The instruction to "thinly slice crosswise" kind of threw me for a loop, but after a couple of google searches, I figured out what it meant :)

peaches on top of almond cream

Here I am with the assembled tart. Check out my apron — it was a Christmas gift from A.! He played around with my logo and put it on a zazzle apron. Such a cute idea :) And I forgive him for getting my URL slightly wrong ;)

me in apron


Here is the tart, fresh out of the oven. The peaches sank a bit, which just makes me wish I had some huge, gorgeous peaches to make this with. I guess that will have to wait until the summer :)

baked tart

Thanks so much to Dorie for choosing this recipe, and for having created such a wonderful book in the first place! Go check out her blog for the recipe and photos of her tart, and don't forget to check the rest of the TWD blogs for their creations!

fully baked tart on plate

53 comments:

Bria said...

The colour of the peaches in the tart looks amazing! Very pretty.

dorie said...

I'm in Paris now and it's freeeeeeeezing, so seeing your peach tart was like seeing a vision of summer. So glad you liked it. Btw, if you make it again, you can make the dough in your food processor, then just wipe the processor out -- no need to wash it -- and use it make the almond cream.

ostwestwind said...

This sounds and looks like summer, we have snow here ;-)

Great pictures as always, what a beautiful looking apron wearer ;-)

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Sabrina said...

Peaches look good in the tart! Very nice job!

VeggieGirl said...

AMAZING, as always - and I love the apron!! :-D

Rachel said...

Looks beautiful as usual and that apron is too cute! What a great idea!

RecipeGirl said...

This turned out beautiful!

rainbowbrown said...

Wow, what dreamy almond cream - all silky like. Very cool apron too, what a sweet gift.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your peach tart looks delicious! I'll definately be trying this again with some fresh summer fruits!

n.o.e said...

Looks like the almond flour made for a really silky almond cream. The peaches look amazing - can you imagine how good this will be in the summer with some poached fresh peaches? Yum! So thoughtful of A. to make you that adorable apron.
Nancy

Cathy said...

I love your apron! And this had to be wonderful with peaches! I am definitely going to try it that way sometime.

Jasmine said...

Great idea to substitute pears for peaches! Must have been very tasty.

kim said...

Thanks everyone!! :) Using the peaches definitely made me wish it was summer here, too. I'm not a cold weather person ;)
@dorie, thanks for reading! :) And thanks for the tip about the food processor -- that will be a big time-saver next time.

chocolatechic said...

I didn't understand the slicing thin crosswise either.

So I just didn't bother.

maggie said...

Looks great! What size food processor do you use?

LyB said...

When I saw the first pic I thought "those are some seriously colorful pears"! And then I read the title again and I saw that it was peaches, which sounds fantastic with the almond cream. And it's a beautiful tart too. :)

vibi said...

First... it is very nice to finely see you, Kim! (I don't know if you'd previously posted pictures of you, but your thumbnail really doesn't do you justice! ...you are very, very pretty! There is something about dimples that make people look sooooo sympathetic!)

Second... I would never have thought of peaches for that tart, I mean... I know the French classics and I've seen this tart in many flavors such as raspberry, apple, blueberry, black currant, etc... but never in peach! Very creative (perhaps unknowingly!!! LOL), very well done and totaly beautiful!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

I think peaches would be WONDERFUL in this tart! Good call and it looks DIVINE!

Natashya said...

I love your peaches idea! I think they would be awesome, especially in the heavy syrup.
I think I would do peach the next time.

pinkstripes said...

Your tart looks amazing and the peaches sound yummy. Love the apron, what a great gift!

Madam Chow said...

Fabulous photos. Don't worry - I think the fruit is supposed to sink just a bit, so that it's snuggled into the almond cream.

Mary Ann said...

Somehow I didn't even see that peaches were an option. That sounds really good. Yum and cute apron!

Marthe said...

Peaches, pears: it's all the same ;)
Love the apron and your tart looks great!

Amy said...

Mmm, I bet peaches would be excellent in this!! It looks great, as usual. Great apron, too!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

spike. said...

I'd like to try peach next...or apple. I think I could make one of these a day!

Kayte said...

Oh, I love the peaches in this...they look stunning (the pears are a little pale looking compared to your peaches). I also love how your batter looks, so light and fluffy. How cute is that apron...and you! So much fun!

CB said...

Your non-pear tart is beautiful! I am a peach fan vs a pear fan so I totally dig your substitution! PS. You are too cute in your apron. What a thoughtful gift from the A. He's definitely a keeper.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

slush said...

OMG, I am in love. We looove peaches. Not pear people here either. I made it with applea and while it was fab, I am drooling over the site of the peach almond tart. Thats next on the list. And I think I have some canned peaches too. Fab job babe!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your own personalized apron is a great idea! I love the color of the peaches in this dessert!

Judy@Judy's Gross Eats said...

Peaches and almonds are such a great combination. I'd love to have one of your tarts, too.

Passionate Baker said...

wowww, your tart is so cute!
LOVE the peaches idea!
great jobbb
<3

natalia said...

Your peach tart is so nice I'll make one too when peaches arrive !!

Jacque said...

Mmmm, yummy! I think I would have liked the peaches better, honestly. Although the pear was good, you almost couldn't distinguish it.

Anyway, nice tart! your apron is cute :)

bakingwiththeboys said...

Those peaches look perfect and so yummy.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

peaches--not a bad mistake, if you ask me! looks great, and cute apron!

Jess said...

The peaches look great - I might have to try this next time. And your baked almond cream looks practically meringue-like - yum!

Babette said...

Funny mistake with great results. Beautiful fotos.

babette

Linda said...

Love the apron Kim...what a thoughtful gift! excellent choice subbing peaches...wow, love the vibrant color the peaches brought to the tart.

Linda
www.tendercrumb.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

the peaches look great and so does the apron! ;)

Flourchild said...

Your tart is lovely! I love all your photos. Im looking fwd to seeing your next TWD!

tablefare@hotmail.com said...

The peaches make for such a vibrant tart! I love your custom apron, what a nice gift.

Liz said...

I love the color of the peaches--they really make the tart POP. I imagine they tasted great, too--I love peach pies and tarts.

Your apron is adorable, I think I'll send the idea along to my hubby as a not-so-subtle hint. :)

Piggy said...

I love the idea of using canned peach! I made the tart dough by hand too and I find it's easier than using mixer. ;-)

dinneranddessert said...

This looks so yummy with the peaches!

AmyRuth said...

How lucky are these cute little hubs that they have happy bakers? Love the apron.... great idea! Maybe a TWD apron in the wings might be fun too. Yes, totally farmer's market fresh peaches for a tart, definitely something to dream about. Very pretty tart and dorie liked it too! Yippee! I used almond flour as well. I liked it.
AmyRuth

Megan said...

I did peaches too! And I agree that this would definitely be more suited to the summertime.

Cute apron!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Your peach tart is beautiful - lovely contrast of colors. I think I'll try peach next time.

Melissa said...

I'll bet it was great with the peaches! And yes, you'll have to make it again with fresh peaches - yum!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks delicious! The bright yellow colour really gives the tart a lift!

Pamela said...

Cute apron!! The tart looks beautiful.

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Di said...

I wondered when I saw the top picture how your pears had turned out so yellow/orange. =) Peaches sounds like a great idea to me, especially since I don't like pears. And the personalized apron is a neat idea!

Main Street Mom said...

What a pretty silpat!!! This tart looks absolutely wonderful!!!!

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