Fresh apricot tart

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
225 grams Plain flour
175 grams Butter
1 pinch Salt
2 teaspoons Icing sugar
\N \N A little beaten egg or egg yolk and water
\N \N ; to bind
6 tablespoons Apricot jam
\N \N Freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 \N Fresh apricots; up to 10
2 larges Or 3 small eggs
2 tablespoons Caster sugar
1 teaspoon Pure vanilla essence
300 millilitres Cream




Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Make the shortcrust pastry in the usual way and leave to relax in a refrigerator for 1 hour. Roll out the pastry and line a tart tin (or tins) with a removable base and chill for 10 minutes. Line with kitchen paper and fill with dried beans. Bake blind in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove the paper and beans. Paint the tart base with a little egg wash and return to the oven for 3-4 minutes.

Leave to cool.

In a small stainless-steel saucepan, melt the apricot jam with a squeeze of lemon juice, push the hot jam through a sieve and then brush the base of the tart with a little of the glaze.

Halve the apricots and remove the stones. Arrange one at a time cut-size upwards inside the tart, the apricots should slightly overlap in the inside.

Whisk the eggs well with the sugar and vanilla essence, then add the cream.

Pour this mixture over the apricots and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. When the custard is set and the apricots are fully cooked, brush generously with the apricot glaze and serve warm with a bowl of softly whipped cream.

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