This big, glorious tart is made fresh apricots packed into a delicious almond crust. It's served with creamy vanilla ice cream made with toasted, sliced almonds.

How to Make It

Pit and quarter apricots. Combine in a large bowl with sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and almond extract. Let sit for 10 minutes, until sugar and cornstarch have dissolved. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. Arrange apricot mixture attractively in baked and cooled tart shell, with apricots cut side up. Make a foil ring to protect crust from overbrowning*, and bake 40 to 55 minutes, until apricot mixture is bubbling.

*To make a foil ring, tear off a piece of foil slightly larger than the tart pan. As a guide, use a pot lid larger than the pan to cut the foil into a circle. Then, using a smaller pot lid as a guide, cut a circle into the foil about 3 inches in, making a doughnut-shaped piece of foil that will protect the crust. Place this over the tart and crimp down the edges, so it won't blow away during baking.

Almond crust:
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk
4 tablespoons heavy cream

Grind together almonds, sugar and salt in a food processor until almonds are finely ground. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add flour and pulse until blended. Whisk together egg and cream, add to mixture, and pulse until dough comes together. Place dough in a zippered plastic bag, and refrigerate until firm, at least 15 minutes. Press into a 9 1/2-inch tart pan and refrigerate 15 minutes more. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.

Bake tart shell for 10 minutes; prick with a fork if it has started to puff. Return to oven and reduce heat to 375°F and 10 more minutes, until set and golden. Let cool before filling.

Roasted Almond Ice Cream:
Place 1 pint slightly thawed high-quality vanilla ice cream in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup roasted, sliced almonds and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Transfer to a plastic container and refreeze.

Apricot Tart, nutrition information per serving:
Calories 385, Cholesterol 59 mg, Total fat 3 g, Fiber 5 g, Saturated 8 g, Calcium 74 mg, Monounsaturated 5 g, Magnesium 51 mg, Polyunsaturated 8 g, Sodium 54 mg, Carb 55 g, Potassium 573 mg, Protein 6 g, Vitamin E 4 mg

Almond Ice Cream, nutrition information per 1/2 cup serving:
Calories 334, Cholesterol 98 mg, Total fat 23 g, Fiber 5 g, Saturated 5 g, Calcium 154 mg, Monounsaturated 5 g, Magnesium 44 mg, Polyunsaturated 2 g, Sodium 65 mg, Carb 26 g, Potassium 253 mg, Protein 6 g, Vitamin E 5 mg

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