fresh apricots, halved and pitted
( if not available, you may use canned)
lemon, juice of
1 teaspoon arrowroot or 1 teaspoon
( or almond extract)
chilled butter, cubed
1 2/3 cups
- Sift the flour into a large bowl.
- Add the butter and rub in until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Stir in the sugar, then mix in the egg to make a soft, pliable dough.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
- Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and use to line the tart pan.
- Prebake with the weights in a 400°F oven for 10 minutes,until the pastry shell is beginning to brown at the edge.
- Remove the weights and foil and bake for 5-10 minutes.
- Leave to cool.
- Put the apricots, cut side down, in a shallow pan with the lemon juice, water, and sugar.
- Cover tightly and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer gently for 3 minutes or until just soft.
- Remove the apricots with a slotted spoon, reserving the juices.
- Drain on paper towels, and leave to cool.
- Remove the pastry shell from the tart pan and put on a serving plate.
- Spread the pastry cream over the pastry shell and smooth the surface.
- Arrange the apricots, cut side down, on the pastry cream.
- Combine the arrowroot (or cornstarch) and brandy (or almond extract) in a small bowl and stir in the reserved apricot juices.
- Return the mixture to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring until thick.
- Add the toasted slivered almonds.
- Spoon the glaze over the apricots,making sure they are coated evenly. (Add a little water to the glaze of it is too thick.)
- Leave to stand until the glaze has cooled and set.
- Serve the tart cold.
- Pastry Cream: Put the 3 eggs, 3/8 cup vanilla sugar, and 1/2 cup flour into a large bowl, add a little milk taken from 1 2/3 cup, and mix until smooth.
- Pour the remaining milk into a heavy saucepan and bring almost to a boil.
- Pour onto the egg mixture, whisking well.
- Rinse out the saucepan, return the egg mixture to the pan, and cook over low heat, stirring, for 15-20 minutes until thickened.
- Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, gently pressing it over the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming.
- Leave to cool.