1 (10-inch) tart

How to Make It

Step 1

Unfold piecrusts; stack on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 12-inch circle. Fit into a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom; trim excess pastry.

Step 2

Beat 4 tablespoons butter, almond paste, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons brandy, 1/3 cup flour, and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with a mixer until blended; spread in crust.

Step 3

Toss together 2 tablespoons sugar and apple; arrange in circles, overlapping slices, on top of filling.

Step 4

Cook preserves in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer, discarding solids. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter, remaining 2 tablespoons brandy, and cream; drizzle over apples.

Step 5

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons flour; cut in remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with a fork until blended. Sprinkle evenly over apples.

Step 6

Bake at 400° on bottom rack 40 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

Step 7

Almond-Pear Tart: Substitute 2 red pears, unpeeled and thinly sliced for Granny Smith apples.

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