My final exam at Ecole Lenôtre School was 2 days long! We had a long list of products we needed to elaborate and present as a buffet by 5 pm on the second day. The first day was dedicated to "mise en place" (prep day) to get everything ready to be as performant and productive ass possible on day 2 and be able to make the deadline. The apricot tart was off course on the list of final products we had to present. We had to make 2 of them. This version is a little different from the classic French version (which has a layer of almond cream inside) because it is a rustic apricot tart. This means you don’t need a tart tin and you don’t need to line the mold! It is just the shortbread crust, the apricots with a little added flavor, all baked in the oven and sprinkled with the most delicious crumble topping.
Making shortbread crust or sable dough is straightforward. There are a few tips and tricks to succeed that I talk about here Shortbread Crust. There are photos and videos to help you make the best dough ever!
A little sneak peek:
This a different crumble topping recipe because it is not baked along with the tart but rather made separately. I love this technique because it allows me to make a batch and store it in an airtight container and to top tarts, ice cream, mousse. Any dessert is better with it!
To make it you must:
A note: I pass the crumble through a thin mesh strainer. You can break it using your hands too.
Crumble topping keeps for about 2 weeks safely stored.
Making this filling is the easiest thing:
I would not recommend freezing this tart because it has fruit that has been baked and when defrosting it will release too much water and become soggy.
What you can do is freezing the raw dough and be ready whenever you have a craving for this easy dessert.
You can serve this tart with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and top it with a spoonful of the syrup you made earlier and some extra crumble to make this even more perfect!
You can get a great recipe for vanilla ice cream here if you feel like making your own Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe!
If you want to make the classic French apricot tart, you can add a layer of frangipane cream between the dough and the apricots. You can get a recipe for frangipane here Pear Almond Tart.
You can also change the apricots for peaches or red berries if you prefer!