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This nutty tart paired with tangy rhubarb cries out for a scoop of ice-cream or a dollop of cream - try the cream lightly sweetened with brown sugar and scented with a hint of vanilla.

You'll need

40 gm (1/3 cup) almond meal 30 gm raw almonds, coarsely chopped 30 gm plain flour 30 gm brown sugar 30 gm softened butter 1½ tbsp orange juice 375 gm sheet butter puff pastry (see note)   Poached rhubarb 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar 60 ml dessert wine Juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 200 gm rhubarb (about ½ bunch), cut into 5cm lengths

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Beat almond meal, almonds, flour, sugar and butter in a bowl to combine, then beat in orange juice.
  • 02
  • Cut out four 12cm squares of pastry, place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and prick all over with a fork. Scatter half the almond mixture over squares, leaving a 1cm border and bake until puffed and golden (10-15 minutes). Spread remaining almond mixture on a separate tray lined with baking paper and bake until golden and crisp (5-6 minutes).
  • 03
  • For poached rhubarb, stir sugar, wine, juices, vanilla bean and seeds and 125ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the simmer, add rhubarb and cook until just tender but still holding shape (6-8 minutes). Spoon rhubarb on tarts and serve warm with a dollop of cream and scatter over remaining almond mixture.

Note We use Carême butter puff pastry, which comes in pre-rolled 375gm sheets.


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  • Serves 4 people
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