Friday, April 22, 2011

Modern Baker Challenge: Roman almond and pine nut tart

As I said yesterday, I baked two mini-tarts last night with my last two chunks of frozen sweet tart dough: we had the banana walnut tart for dessert last night, and it was okay. We saved the Roman almond and pine nut tart for breakfast this morning because NM says it is better served as a tea pastry than for dessert.

I thought this recipe had a weird ingredient list: almond paste, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, lemon zest, flour, and pine nuts. In fact, I wasn't even going to make it until Kayte (the official blogger for this recipe) said that it was her new favorite recipe from the book.

I've never cooked with almond paste before, and wasn't able to find it the last time I had a recipe that called for it. Luckily, I found it the other day, and picked up a tube. It was odd stuff, more solid than paste-y, but I chopped it up and gave it a whir in my stand mixer with some sugar. Then I added in the egg, butter, and the rest of the ingredients, plopped it in the mini-tart pan, and pressed a thin layer of pine nuts into the top. I baked it for about 24 minutes. (I made 1/4 recipe for my mini-tart pan, filled the pan pretty full, and had just a tiny bit of filling left over.)

I snuck a bite before giving it to hubby for his breakfast this morning...and then another...and then another. This tart was such a pleasant surprise: so incredibly yummy! I think it would be a fun addition to a brunch, and I'm definitely putting it on the make-again list!


  1. Wow! Your tart looks perfect and delicious. I've never been able to find almond paste though. If I ever do stumble upon it, I will definitely try this one.

  2. Kayte convinced me to rethink this one too and now you've almost convinced me! If I can easily find almond paste I'll try it. Thanks for the post!

  3. Oh, this tart looks sooo cute! And absolutely delicious!

  4. I haven't tried this, but it's one of the recipes I'm most interested in. I'm crazy for almond paste, and with pine nuts too? (similarly crazed here). If you can't find almnond paste again you can try our fearless leader Phyl's recipe for almond paste that was on his blog. (I haven't made it yet but intend to...)

    I need to get into action on this next chapter. My husband I know has been eagerly awaiting the sweet tarts and pies section so I'll be hearing it soon ;-)