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Peach-Caramel Tarts

Yield Makes 6 individual tarts or 1 large tart; 6 or 8 to 9 servings
Notes: To peel peaches, immerse fruit in boiling water for about 15 seconds, then pull off skins.

Ingredients

  • Nut shortbread crusts or crust
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 3/4 pounds ripe peaches
  • Vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 279
  • caloriesfromfat 55 %
  • protein 2.9 g
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 7.3 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • sodium 83 mg
  • cholesterol 49 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bake nut shortbread crusts (set individual crusts in a 12- by 15-inch pan) in a 350° oven (or a 325° convection oven) until golden at edges, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. While crusts bake, make nut sauce in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan. Over medium-high heat, shake sugar in pan until melted and amber-colored, 4 to 6 minutes. Add whipping cream and stir until caramelized sugar melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in pecans and lemon peel; remove from heat.

  3. Peel peaches, if desired. Cut into halves, pit, then cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch-wide slices. Arrange peach slices, slightly overlapping, in hot crusts or crust. Save extra fruit for other uses.

  4. Spoon nut sauce equally over fruit; if sauce has thickened too much to spoon, stir and heat until fluid.

  5. Bake in a 350° oven (or a 325° convection oven) until sauce is bubbling and crust is deep golden, 20 to 24 minutes for individual tarts, 50 to 55 minutes for a large tart.

  6. Cool in pan or pans on a rack at least 30 minutes. If making ahead, chill airtight up to 1 day. Remove pan rims. Serve with ice cream.

  7. Nut shortbread crusts: In a food processor, mince 1/3 cup pecans with 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Add 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, in chunks, and whirl until fine crumbs form. Add 1 large egg yolk and whirl until dough holds together. (Or mince nuts with a knife, then put in a bowl. Rub in flour, butter, and sugar until fine crumbs form; then, with a fork, mix in yolk. Pat into a ball.) In 6 tart pans (4 1/2 in. wide) with removable rims, or an 11-inch tart pan, press dough evenly over bottom and up sides, flush with rims.

  8. Nutritional analysis per individual tart.