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Tender Tart

A crumbly hazelnut tart always fits the bill.

By Hugh Wennerbom
  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking plus resting
Tender tart
Tender tart

This recipe comes from the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 240 gm plain flour
  • 180 gm unsalted butter, chilled, coarsely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 220 gm white sugar (1 cup)
  • 160 gm hazelnuts, roasted, peeled and coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • To serve: sheep’s milk yoghurt

Method

Main
  • 1
    Combine flour and butter in a bowl and, using your fingertips, rub in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add 1 egg yolk (reserving eggwhite) and 1-2 tbsp of cold water and mix to just combine, then turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to rest.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 3mm-4mm thick and line a 24cm-diameter loose-bottomed fluted tart pan, trimming edges and reserving scraps. Refrigerate scraps and tart for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Combine remaining eggs and sugar in a bowl and stir to combine. Stir in hazelnuts, then spoon into tart case (there may be some filling leftover). Roll out pastry scraps on a lightly floured surface to 3mm-4mm thick, cut into 2cm-wide strips and arrange in a lattice pattern over filling. Brush with lightly beaten reserved eggwhite and bake until golden (about 30 minutes). Serve immediately or at room temperature with sheep’s milk yoghurt.

Notes

Drink Suggestion: Sauternes. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

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  • Author: Hugh Wennerbom