Blood Orange Tarts

Blood Orange Tarts

This Blood Orange Tart showcases the delicious taste of fresh winter citrus.

Blood Orange Tarts
 
Yield: 6 (3¾-inch) tarts • Preparation: 30 minutes • Bake: 12 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 (14-ounce) package refrigerated piecrust dough (2 sheets)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup apricot jam or preserves
  • 30 sections blood orange*
  • Garnish:  fresh mint 
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Unroll piecrust-dough sheets on a lightly floured surface. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut 6 circles from dough. Press each circle into a 3¾-inch tart pan, trimming excess dough. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  3. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine almonds and sugar, pulsing just until sandy. (Do not overprocess.) Add butter, pulsing until blended. Add eggs, pulsing until blended. Add flour and vanilla, processing until all ingredients are incorporated. Divide mixture evenly among prepared tart pans. Place tart pans on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake until light golden brown and firm, 12 to 15 minutes. (Filling will puff while baking and fall while cooling.) Cool completely on wire racks before removing tarts from pans.
  5. In a small microwavable bowl in a microwave oven or in a small saucepot, heat apricot jam just until warm, stirring occasionally. Brush each tart with approximately 1 tablespoon jam. Arrange 5 sections blood orange in a fan pattern on top of each tart. Brush with remaining apricot jam.
  6. Garnish with a mint leaf, if desired. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

From TeaTime January/February 2012

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