Makes 8 or 9 servings

Notes: If making up to one day ahead, cool, cover and chill; bring to room temperature to serve.

How to Make It

Step 1

Press butter pastry dough evenly over bottom and up sides of a 10-inch tart pan with removable rim.

Step 2

Bake in a 300° oven until pale gold, about 20 minutes (about 15 minutes in a convection oven). Use hot or cool.

Step 3

Rinse rhubarb, trim and discard dried ends, and cut stalks into 1-inch lengths. Put in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan and mix with 5 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 cup water. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir and set over medium-low heat. When water boils, turn rhubarb pieces over once and cook about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, whirl nuts to a fine powder. To processor, add remaining sugar and the butter, eggs, and almond extract. Whirl until well blended. Or put the ground almonds in a bowl, add remaining sugar and the butter, eggs, and almond extract, and beat with a mixer until well blended.

Step 5

Pour almond mixture into pastry. With a fork or slotted spoon, lift rhubarb pieces from cooking liquid (save liquid for other uses) and arrange in a pattern on filling.

Step 6

Bake in a 350° oven until filling, which rises around rhubarb, is golden brown and center is firm when pan is gently shaken, 35 to 50 minutes (25 to 40 minutes in a convection oven).

Step 7

Let cool at least 15 minutes; remove pan rim to cut. Serve warm or cool.

Step 8

Butter pastry: In a food processor or bowl, combine 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Add 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, in chunks. Whirl, or rub with your fingers, until fine crumbs form. Add 1 large egg yolk; whirl, or mix with a fork, until dough holds together. Firmly pat into a ball.

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