This tart is simplicity at its best – a selection of gorgeous summer stone fruit encased in a sweet, easy-peasy pastry. There's no real structure, it's slightly rustic and lets seasonal stone fruits shine. Serve with toffee ice-cream if you can – the combination is sublime.
- 25 g (¼ cup) almond meal
- 700 g firm but ripe stone fruit of your choice (such as peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots), halved and pitted
- 2 tbsp raw sugar
- icing sugar, to dust (optional)
- good-quality toffee or vanilla ice-cream, to serve
- 1 quantity of sweet shortcrust pastry
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out the pastry on a piece of non-stick baking paper to a rough rectangle about 3 mm thick. Use the paper to transfer the pastry to a large baking tray. Sprinkle the pastry with the almond meal, leaving a 5 cm-wide border around the edge. Arrange the fruit over the almond meal and then fold the pastry border up over the fruit. Sprinkle the upturned border and fruit with the sugar. Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp.
Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with icing sugar, if desired, cut into wedges and accompanied by ice-cream.
• This tart is best served warm, but is also great served at room temperature. It will keep covered in the fridge for up to 2 days. Stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.
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Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Sarah O'Brien. Food preparation by Tina McLeish. Creative concept by Lou Fay.
For more recipes, view our online column, Bakeproof: Stone fruit.