Almonds are an amazingly versatile ingredients with an abundance of health benefits making them one of my favourite ingredients to work with. This tart tastes delicious and decadent and would work really well served with some Greek yoghurt or vanilla bean ice-cream. Almonds are the star of this tart in the filling to create a frangipane flavour and also in the shortcrust pastry as a gluten-free alternative to flour.
- 200g almond meal
- 90g cold butter cut into cubes
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/essence
- 1 tbs rice malt syrup
- 1 egg yolk
- 180g almond meal
- 180g rice malt syrup or raw sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tbs rosewater
- 90g softened butter
- 1 1/2 cup fresh of frozen raspberries
- In a food processor pulse the almond meal and butter together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add the egg yolk, vanilla and rice malt syrup and pulse until it forms a soft dough.
- Wrap the dough in cling wrap and cool in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Evenly roll out the pastry and press into a lined/buttered pie dish. Poke some fork marks into the pastry.
- Place in the fridge until the pastry feels firm to the touch.
- Line with baking paper and fill with baking beads (I don't own any so I just used uncooked rice) and bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
- Remove the baking paper and cook for a further 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
- In a medium mixing bowl beat together the rice malt syrup/raw sugar and butter until it becomes pale and creamy.
- Add the eggs, rosewater and almond meal and fold together until well combined.
- Spoon the filling into the pastry and smooth until even. Press the raspberries into the top of the filling.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until firm to the touch.
- Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold!
Almonds are a great source of magnesium, copper, vitamin E as well as high quality protein. Scientific evidence also suggests that almonds may have key cholesterol-lowering and blood sugar-lowering properties. I absolutely love working with almonds because of their incredible versatility and some of my other recipes that star almonds include: salted almond butter bark, iced mint chocolate and flourless almond pancakes. For more inspiration of ways to utilise almonds in your cooking as well as many of the health benefits associated with almonds click the hyperlink :)