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Almond Tarts

I absolutely love these! This is an old French recipe that my grandmother taught me when I was a kid. All you need is…

10 oz Slivered Almonds

8 oz Sugar

4 Egg Whites

About 1 Teaspoon of Almond Extract or Essence

Strawberry Jam

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

First, in a food processor, finely grind 8 ounces of the slivered almonds.

almonds

ground almonds 2

Then, in a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

egg whites

After that, fold the almonds, sugar and almond extract into the egg whites. While doing this, be careful not to deflate the egg whites.

almond mixture

Set this mixture aside for a little while while you roll out the sweet shortcrust pastry. It is best to do this on a solid, floured surface. You will want to put flour on your hands and rolling pin too, in order to keep the pastry from sticking. Take a softball size amount of dough and roll it until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick.

rolled dough

Then, using a 2-3 inch in diameter pastry stamp,stamp out your pastry rounds.

cut dough

Continue this until you have used all the pastry. Remember to re-flour in between rolling out dough.

pastry circles

Place each pastry circle into a tart pan.

tart rounds

Then, place about a teaspoon of strawberry jam in the bottom of each tart.

strawberry jam

After that, spoon about two tablespoons of the almond mixture into each tart. Make sure you cover up all of the strawberry jam with the almond mixture.

unbaked almond tarts 2

Use the remaining almond slivers to decorate the top of the tarts.

CU unbaked

Bake at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. This recipe should make around 4 dozen tarts. When they are done, they will look like this. Enjoy!

almond tarts in pan

cooling almond tarts

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