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7.22.2008

The important parts

Hello again.

I sincerely hope that all our talk of chocolate chip cookies hasn’t left you in a sugar coma, because I come to you today with more sweets. Some of you are going to hate me for this, I know, but I had to. I didn’t have a choice. This past Saturday evening, a reader of this website sent me an e-mail with the subject line, “Looking for Good Pie Crust.” And get this: I happened to have an apricot tart sitting on my kitchen table at that very moment. I think this is what is sometimes called fate. Or happy coincidence. Or serendipity. Or synchronicity. Or all four.

Anyway, like I said, I didn’t have a choice. Also, I love apricot tarts.


I was introduced to this particular apricot tart a few summers ago. Actually, now that I think about it, it was three years ago this month. Brandon and I had met only a couple of months before, at the end of April. He was living in New York then, working part-time and going to graduate school, and I was in Seattle, working part-time and writing my Master’s thesis. That summer, we both chipped in toward a plane ticket, and he came to stay with me for five weeks. We hardly had any money, but my work schedule was flexible - a fact that almost, almost, made up for the lack of money - and we decided to drive to San Francisco for a week. We had family there to stay with, so we could do it on the cheap, and we could take the coast road, we decided, which was supposed to be gorgeous.

So we did. We threw our bags in the trunk and positioned a cooler of snacks on the back seat, and we drove. We ate tacos in the Mission and meringues at Tartine, Indian food in the East Bay and tomatoes on my aunt’s back deck. We also, as a splurge, had dinner one night at Zuni Café. I don’t remember many details of the meal, unfortunately, because I was very busy talking with my aunt during most of it - we two are talkers - and I was also quite intent on staring at the man across the table from me, this man who had amazing curls and who made my chest feel funny and tight and who, only three months before, I had not known existed. But I do remember one thing: the apricot tart. I always remember the important parts.

The Zuni apricot tart was a very simple affair. It was essentially a tart shell lined with sugared apricot halves and baked. There was no custard, no frangipane - nothing but apricot. If you look up the word “understatement,” I am pretty sure that, next to its definition, you will find an illustration of this tart. But it wasn’t the least bit boring. On the contrary, it was sweet and a little tangy, sticky at the corners and jammy in pockets, the fruit soft and the crust crumbly with butter. It was made with Royal Blenheim apricots, the menu gently boasted, and though they looked pretty average, their flavor was enormous: ripe, dense, almost rich. They tasted as though their essential apricotiness, or whatever you might call it, had been multiplied and concentrated by one of those fancy machines in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In other words, this was a delicious tart.

So when I saw some especially nice apricots at the farmers’ market last week, I decided to try to replicate it. I had seen a recipe for an apricot tart in The Zuni Café Cookbook, and it looked as simple as I had imagined it would. Mine weren’t Royal Blenheims, of course, but maybe, I thought, if I played my cards right, they would surprise me.



And lo and behold, they did. Which is why I am yammering on and on about this. That, and because one of you wants a good pie crust, and the recipe I’m about to give you includes one.

I ordinarily hang on every word that Judy Rodgers writes, but in the case of this tart, I decided to forgo her crust recipe. Pie and tart doughs, I have noticed, tend to be a very personal matter for cooks: each of us has one that we love, and we tend to want to stand by it. I know I do. Until recently, I swore by Martha Stewart’s pie dough recipe. I made that stuff for years. But then my friend Olaiya introduced me to hers, and it was very, very persuasive. It’s an all-butter crust, like Martha’s, but it differs a bit in the amounts, and it also includes a smidgen of apple cider vinegar, which helps to relax the gluten in the flour and keep the dough tender. Also, it just seems to work more easily, and more consistently, than Martha’s does. I am in love. (Sorry, Martha. We can still be friends!)

I’ve made this pie dough recipe a dozen times now, easy, and it is the one that I am using in my book, and I really can’t say enough good things about it. It’s buttery and impossibly flaky and has yet to let me down, and on several occasions, it has even inspired perfectly sated people to beg for seconds. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I look for in a pie dough. Top it with some ripe, fragrant apricots, a little sugar, and a bit of salt, and you’re in business, as they say. In the heat of the oven, the dough goes golden, crisp, and toasty, and the apricots release their juices to mingle with the sugar, forming a glossy, sweet-tart glaze that settles under and around them. Cut into wedges and dolloped with crème fraîche, it’s the closest you can get to serving summer on a dessert plate. And when you run out of chocolate chip cookies, that’s not a bad idea.


Apricot Tart
Adapted from The Zuni Café Cookbook

Because this preparation is so simple, be sure to choose the very best apricots you can find. If you can, ask to taste them before you buy. There is little in this recipe to disguise their flaws, so if they are mealy, watery, tart, or otherwise lacking, this is not the best use for them.

This tart would also be delicious with Italian or French prune plums, those small, oblong, purple-skinned plums that come into season in late August and September. For those, you can use a little less sugar - about ¼ cup, rather than 1/3 cup.

For crust:
4 Tbsp. ice water, plus more as needed
¾ tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
¾ tsp. salt
9 Tbsp. (4 ½ oz.) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For filling:
About 1 lb. small, fragrant, firm-ripe apricots
Heaping 1/3 cup sugar
3 pinches of salt


To prepare the crust:

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine 4 Tbsp. ice water and the cider vinegar.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse to blend. Add the butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal; there should be no pieces of butter bigger than a large pea. With the motor running, slowly add the water-vinegar mixture, processing just until moist clumps form. If you pick up a handful of the dough and squeeze it in your fist, it should hold together. If the dough seems a bit dry, add more ice water by the teaspoon, pulsing to incorporate. I sometimes find that 1 additional teaspoon is perfect.

Turn the dough out onto a wooden board or clean countertop, and gather it, massaging and pressing, until it just holds together. Shape it into a ball, and press it into a disk about 1 ½ inches thick. If the disk cracks a bit at the edges, don’t worry; just pinch the cracks together as well as you can. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and then press it a bit more, massaging away any cracks around the edges, allowing the constraint of the plastic wrap to help you form it into a smooth disk. Refrigerate the wrapped dough for at least 2 hours. (Dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw it in refrigerator overnight before using.) Before rolling it out, allow the dough to soften slightly at room temperature.

To assemble:

Set an oven rack to the middle position, and preheat the oven to 375°F.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle wide enough to fit a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan. Transfer the dough gently into pan, and ease it into the corners and up the sides. Trim the edges to extend about ½ inch beyond the pan; then fold the overhang inward and press it against the side of the pan to reinforce the edge. Put the tart shell into the freezer while you prepare the fruit.

Cut the apricots in half, remove the pits, and then cut each half in half again. (In other words, the apricots should be quartered.) Put them in a wide bowl, and toss them gently with the sugar and salt. It might look like a lot of sugar, but don’t worry; it is balanced nicely by the salt and the acidity of the fruit. Remove the tart shell from the freezer and quickly arrange the fruit inside it, cut side up, in concentric circles. Scrape any sugar remaining in the bowl over the fruit.

Bake the tart until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is soft and relaxed, about 45 minutes or longer. It’s alright if some of the pieces of fruit are a little burnt (or, I suppose, caramelized) at their edges or tips. The sugar and juices from the fruit should form a loose glaze of sorts in the bottom of the shell and around the fruit, and as the tart cools, the glaze should thicken slightly.

Serve with crème fraîche or whipped cream.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Note: The crust portion of this recipe can easily be doubled to make a (double-crust) pie.

78 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

Tarts are always pretty to look at and this one looks like it could win 1st place at the county fair. Fresh apricots may be difficult to find here in Oklahoma - but I'm definitely hanging on to the pie crust recipe. Thanks!

6:24 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger umami girl said...

I'd been feeling a little discouraged about not having gotten around to making the chocolate chip cookies last week, but ohhhh am I glad to have a fresh sweet tooth ready for this gorgeous specimen. Any thoughts on adaptations for those of us on the east coast, abounding in peaches but a little short on non-transcontinental apricots? Thanks!

6:29 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Mercedes said...

My best memories of southern France involve eating a toasted baguette with apricot jam for breakfast- I think apricots are one my favorite fruits.

6:38 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger kickpleat said...

you know, i don't think i've ever eaten an apricot! this looks very pretty however, and i do have some nectarines so i might try something like this with those and maybe a couple of fresh berries tossed about.

6:40 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Emily said...

Ugh, if only I'd had this recipe two weeks ago when I had a whole flat of Royal Blenheim's sitting on my counter. I ate more apricots in five days than I ever have in my entire life. I had no idea they could taste that delicious. I had grand ideas about making apricot jam...but by the time I had time to do so, well, there weren't quite enough to bother. :)
This looks absolutely lovely! What is it about people's pie crust superstitions?

6:49 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Like Kickpleat, I'm going to try it with nectarines! And maybe bacon - but I'd leave out the salt, then...

6:51 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Claire said...

Oh! I loved this post. I love your writing. And now I want a bite of something sweet.

6:56 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Fiona Kennedy said...

Great post! I almost like cooking with apricots more than eating them out of hand. Do you have any tips for how one scans polaroid pictures into the computer of know of any good links?

7:21 PM, July 22, 2008  
Anonymous Kathryn Aalto said...

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7:43 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Would that be Aunt Pam? Because she and I are friends now. Oh, what a funny little world.
And even if it isn't Pam, it's still a funny little world. Love to you.

8:01 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Samarahuel said...

I had a pie crust recipe that I adopted as "my" pie crust, and swore I'd never use another. I loved that recipe. It played an integral part in the love story of my husband and me. But then we got married, and somewhere in the midst of planning the wedding, getting married, and moving to Germany, the recipe was left behind in Iowa, and lost forever. I tried others, but nothing could compare. I was heartbroken. In my depression, I resorted to frozen crust. If it wasn't my recipe, it wasn't worth making, I reasoned. I sadly came to terms with the fact that I may never make another good pie again. Then this recipe came into my life. The addition of the vinegar intrigues me, but more importantly, it has given me hope.

9:18 PM, July 22, 2008  
Anonymous The Yummy Mummy Cooks Gourmet said...

I'm not sure what is nicer...the love affair or the tart. Oh okay, the love affair.

But the tart sounds like a close second. Nicely written, Molly.

Kim

9:23 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger flybynightkarmarepair said...

All the best pie crust recipes seem to require a food processor. What are those of us who don't have or want one to do?

10:06 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Michelle said...

Weren't the apricots at the farmers' market amazing this week?! I'm kicking myself for only getting two. I held off on eating them until today, and in between bites, I kept forgetting how good it was, so with each bite I was moaning again, tasting the best thing I'd ever tasted each time. Maybe goldfish, with their perpetual amnesia, have the right idea.

10:29 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Kelsey said...

This looks so amazing! I'm not a huge fan of fruit tarts that are filled with too-sweet custards. I like my fruit desserts to showcase the actual fruit...and maybe some butter. I love apricots and I love the Zuni Cafe, so I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the brilliant write up!

11:12 PM, July 22, 2008  
Anonymous dara said...

I've used Martha's pate brisee recipe for just about every tart I've made, including a variation on your (awesome) roasted tomato tart. It's never let me down, ever, but I trust you sufficiently to give Olaiya's version a try for my next one to see if I ought to convert too.

And I make apricot tarts that are just like yours! What more do perfect apricots need? (Plus, I'm such a lucky duck, I sometimes even find actual Royal Blenheims at the farmer's market in Berkeley.) Thick slices of perfect, ripe pears make another incarnation of a simple and sensational fruit tart that needs nothing more than a sprinkle of sugar. I usually have homemade creme fraiche in the fridge; it's such a great accompaniment to summer fruit in my opinion. (And autumn/winter fruit too. Have you ever had it over homemade applesauce? It's so perfectly delicious, it might be your new favorite snack.)

My friends look at me funny when I arrive at a potluck saying I've been so busy but am toting a gorgeous tart with me. But often, it's the simplest, quickest thing to make as all I need is great fruit and a stick of butter - plus two more tablespoons if I use your new-fangled recipe. I hope you've inspired the aspiring tart-makers out there to give it a try. (And if you don't have a food processor, you can easily cut the butter in by hand, so don't let that stop you.)

11:52 PM, July 22, 2008  
Anonymous Kirsten said...

What a wonderful tart! And fresh apricots are easy to find in Germany at the moment, so I think of baking your tart. At the moment there are so many summerparties and it is a good idea to bring along a tart....

11:52 PM, July 22, 2008  
Blogger Ai Lu said...

I've been making a lot of baked apricot desserts this summer, too -- apparently apricots are one of the few fruits that actually become more intensely flavored upon cooking. They're delicious roasted with a bit of honey and cinnamon on top, and then served with marscapone cream.

Unfortunately I can't eat gluten, but I did find a great apricot clafoutis recipe courtesy of the Silver Spoon cookbook, and you can find it here: http://avidalegria.blogspot.com/2008/06/albicocca.html

12:24 AM, July 23, 2008  
Anonymous Marguerite said...

This is exactly the way a tarte should be and the way i was taught to make them! Your favourite tarte dough, the best possible fruit and sugar...Thats' it!
When there is time, my mother also likes to crush the apricot stone to reveal the little almond inside and add it as a topping. We also do this when we make apricot jam and it is delicious!

2:18 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger shari said...

my mom is coming this weekend. don't you think she needs an apricot tart? lovely post molly! xox

4:34 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Victoria said...

Oh, Molly,

You have posed a quandary for me. Which crust when I make my Zuni apricot tart?

I know.

I'll make two.

5:32 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Bruno said...

Molly, this is such a beautiful story and such a beautiful tart. I'll add it to my loooong list of your recipes I want to try... as soon as I move. Next week, I can unpack my kitchen items and start cooking again. Yay!

6:00 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger kayenne said...

But I do remember one thing: the apricot tart. I always remember the important parts.

i just took a drink and almost spewed coffee all over my pc! that's a lovely story, molly!

6:20 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Mindy said...

oooh Molly- The chocolate chip cookies left the party I took them too speechless after only twenty hours, and my curly-haired makes my chest feel funny and tight guy eating most of the tupperware full of them at36+ hours. Really, I tasted one- They are incredible- but I dig your description of 'immoderate' better. Also- the tart looks darling and devine- If I am able to get my hands on some worthy apricots I may have to go for it.

Happy August! (Soon)

6:40 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Lisa said...

Beautiful photos, as always. The tart is so luscious sounding it almost wants to make me turn my oven on!

9:32 AM, July 23, 2008  
Anonymous Honolulu Daily Photo said...

Hi,
Now you have made me hungry. My mother was a baker and our house (the wonderful kitchen) always had something baking. Mom new all the tricks of a good baker. She is gone now, but the memories and scents linger on. I think I'll make a pie. Yes, I was lucky and I take after Mom. I can bake!

10:50 AM, July 23, 2008  
Anonymous Ann said...

I love this recipe. It's actually almost identical to what I make on a regular basis for my friends and family when I am in need of a quick and reliable desert. I have never put vinegar in my crust, but otherwise it is identical. I'm so excited to try that. Does it lend some tenderness to the crust?

Really, with fruit, I have always felt it is best to let them stand as they are in any desert.

11:18 AM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger justfoodnow said...

Well, well, well - I've been looking for a recipe like this for years and it will become one that I will use constantly.

Just one quick question: Can one use other fruit as well?


Greetings from Cape Town

12:46 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Molly said...

I really miss the apricots from Kennewick that were sold at the University Farmer's market 4-5 years ago. Perhaps your's are from the same trees? I've since moved to SoCal, and the local apricots aren't nearly as good. Lucky girl!

1:14 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Sylvie said...

What a beautiful looking tart. Now I just have to find some ripe and juicy apricots!

1:17 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger reya said...

Oh Molly. You had me at sticky at the corners and jammy in the pockets. I love summer desserts like these.
*filing this recipe under my to-bake list*

1:18 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Doris said...

The tart looks divine. I've heard about the apple cider added to the pastry dough would help with the gluten (my boyfriend's sister is an "expert pie making" and told me her secret a few months ago). I may have to try the tart sometime soon. I'm still trying to get over the chocolate chip cookies from last week (*swoon*). I made them this past weekend and it was beyond amazing!

1:29 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Cheryl A said...

You are not helping me lose my baby weight!

I too swore by the Martha recipe. It might be time to revisit the vinegar trick.

And Kickpleat, you've never eaten an apricot? Wow.

5:59 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Camille said...

I've used Martha's recipe for years. I think I'll have to put it aside and try something new.

7:57 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Molly said...

Umami girl and justfoodnow, you asked about other fruits that would work here, so hmm, let's see. Judy Rodgers likes to use apricots for this sort of simple, open tart because they are not too wet. Also, when they bake, they get dense, soft, and a little sticky, rather than soupy. So, Umami girl, I'm afraid that peaches might be too juicy and wet here. (You could certainly try them, though. How bad could it be? Really?) If you don't mind waiting a little bit, this tart would be perfect with those oblong purple prune plums that come into season in the US in late August and September. Those, like apricots, have fairly dense flesh and aren't too wet. The Zuni Cafe Cookbook also describes a version of this tart made with very thinly sliced apples or pears. You could look into that too.

Fiona, scanning Polaroids is pretty darn easy. I use a Canon Canoscan scanner that Brandon bought at a thrift store for $4.99. Once the Polaroid has been scanned, I usually have to run it through Photoshop to crop it as needed, or to erase any bits of lint that were on the surface of the scanner. But really, easy peasy.

Katy, I am sending you an e-mail in just a second. Monroe, here I come!

Cookiecrumb, no, this wasn't Pam. This was my aunt Tina, my mother's twin sister. She lives in Marin. But give Pam a hug for me the next time you see her, please!

Flybynightkarmarepair, you can definitely make pie dough by hand. I know lots of people who do! The best tool for the job, I think, is a pastry blender like this; it makes "cutting" the cold butter into the flour very easy. Here's a video that shows the technique pretty well.

Ann, yep, the vinegar relaxes the gluten in the flour, so it helps ensure a tender, flaky crust. I really love it.

10:31 PM, July 23, 2008  
Blogger Ivy said...

I love how the edges of the apricot were slightly black. :)

It seems I am always reading about Martha's recipes and how they are really not so good. Weird. :)

9:22 AM, July 24, 2008  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

Given all the fruit that's in season right now, I have been looking for a good pie crust. Thanks for sharing! The tart looks amazing, and I hope I find some apricots soon.

10:27 AM, July 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you use distilled white vinegar instead?

11:59 AM, July 24, 2008  
Anonymous Kathy Casey said...

Summer is such a great time for fruit tarts - thanks for the great crust recipe! I have found tarts to be an instant crowd pleaser!

12:37 PM, July 24, 2008  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

This is relly a simple and gorgeous recipe. pity i don t like apricots but my family does so i ll give it a try. Nice blog.
cheers:-)
snookydoodlecakes.blogspot.com

1:19 PM, July 24, 2008  
Blogger Food.Baby said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for the crust recipe!

3:22 PM, July 24, 2008  
Blogger Enthusia said...

you may like apricot tarts, but you're a peach!


thanks for sharing this recipe. i'm calling my CSA friend for a "fruit switch" in this weekend's share.

jenny

6:15 PM, July 24, 2008  
Blogger Molly said...

Anonymous, yes, you could use distilled white vinegar instead. Not a problem!

6:27 PM, July 24, 2008  
Blogger fav.or.it said...

coool...looks yummy...

sent from: fav.or.it

3:37 AM, July 25, 2008  
Anonymous claire said...

Thanks for this post. My boyfriend wooed me with pies, so this one really hit home. Baking for each other (I bake him bread) is really an important part of our relationship.

The tart is beautiful. I'll try this soon.

6:22 AM, July 25, 2008  
Anonymous Jessie said...

Thank you for the inspiration for my last-minute tart for a dinner party tonight. But I admit, I was short on time so I used the Sweet Pastry Crust from the "Rose Bakery: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea" cookbook. Cheers.

9:00 AM, July 25, 2008  
Blogger elizabeth said...

thanks for this recipe. i've never thought to bake apricots before. they are the most fleeting of summer fruit, and it always seems like you have to eat them *now*. can't wait to make this.

12:20 PM, July 25, 2008  
Blogger Half Baked said...

Thanks for the new pasrty crust recipe. I have a friend that swears by a splash of whiskey in the dough. I tried it and it is flakier. I'll have to give this recipe a try as well!
Gorgeous tart! I love fresh apricots. too bad they're already gone here...

12:22 PM, July 25, 2008  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Such a pretty tart! You always know how to impress.

12:42 PM, July 25, 2008  
Blogger Matt said...

Molly,
I love the simple elegance of your site. In prose and visuals you have such a sense of style.

2:14 PM, July 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Molly =)(Molly right?)
My mom checks in your blog all the time to look for good recipes and before, we both made Pots de Creme which was really rich, really sweet and really good. So she showed me your blog so I could see your tart recipe, and we went out to out local farmer's market and bought peaches and blueberries (I'm not a big apricot fan). I baked it, and it was almost perfect, I was nervous I would mess up the crust somehow but it was great!

Also, I have been looking for a buttercream frosting recipe that would be absolutely perfect and not too sweet, the simplest recipe I can't even find. Do you have any?

Thanks! =)

5:10 PM, July 25, 2008  
Anonymous E for KC said...

I recently acquired The Zuni Cafe Cookbook yet but I haven't made anything . . . yet. There are so many good things to pick from-how do you ever choose! Love your blog!

6:26 PM, July 25, 2008  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

Hi Molly - not sure if you saw this, but thought you might dig it! http://www.chezpim.com/blogs/2008/07/blenheim-aprico.html

will definitely have to keep an eye out in the future. And how cool does Pim et Isabel look??? :-)

8:46 AM, July 26, 2008  
Blogger Weeping Sore said...

Your pictures made my mouth water. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Yummm.

2:05 PM, July 27, 2008  
Blogger Tartelette said...

This is exactly the way my grandmother made hers, with juicy ripe apricots from Provence. I just got a little misty for a second but in a good way. Thank you!

9:01 PM, July 27, 2008  
Anonymous Lubna Karim said...

That picture leaves me carving for tart.

11:54 PM, July 27, 2008  
Anonymous JT said...

thanks for the pastry recipe..delighful.. very easy and fail proof. I've made it twice in 2 days! Made an apple tart with it, and guests were coming back for seconds.. asking for more crust!

4:19 AM, July 28, 2008  
Blogger januarygypsy said...

Hi Molly - I adore your blog! Such sweet writing and cherry-picked recipes - what's not to love? Just wanted to say thanks, and let you know that I've posted a link to your page on my own blog - I hope you don't mind...

11:15 AM, July 28, 2008  
Blogger Christy said...

I had to make this right away! And...well....it was so good that I ended up making it twice last weekend. Yummy!

12:02 PM, July 29, 2008  
Blogger marbargarbo said...

I used your recipe to make my own version, with blueberries and peaches, and it was wonderful. Your tart crust is genius! :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/marbargarbo/2708164672/

marbargarbo.com

5:36 PM, July 29, 2008  
Blogger Maman said...

I have been unable to make an apricot tart since the time many years ago I prepared one for a dinner party and my cat, Clyde, sat in it. No. I did not make up that story.

9:34 AM, July 30, 2008  
Blogger oma said...

molly, i made this last night and it was such a simple yet elegant (and tasty!) dessert. thanks for another great recipe.

10:02 AM, July 30, 2008  
Anonymous Molly Herrmann said...

I am a convert! Thanks for the pie crust recipe. I made it this morning with my toddler, and even HE couldn't mess it up. :-) We used it to make tarlets and tiny turnovers with fresh organic peaches (a bit of flour to thicken the juices), then had some friends over for tea. A hit all round! I'll be passing your recipe along on my website, with your permission! [www.tastebudtart.com]

12:26 PM, July 31, 2008  
Blogger JPM said...

I live in Sri Lanka. I wonder how this would work substituting mangos or rambutans for the apricots?

4:41 AM, August 03, 2008  
Anonymous WillametteValley said...

Fantastic! I grew up with an apricot tree outside my bedroom window (SF Bay Area) and am generally disapointed with the apricots I find in Oregon. But I lucked out with with some Washington grown "Perfection" apricots that weren't half bad. And using your recipe, they became intensely flavored orange jewels.

I'm very pleased with your pastry recipe. But I think I'll try it next time without the food processor (too much clean up for me). A couple modification I made: 10.5" tart pan, 1.5 lbs. apricots and baked one hour. Perfection!

I bought 10 lbs. of apricots and I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for your inspiration.

10:29 AM, August 03, 2008  
Blogger Valeda said...

I used some of our local north carolina peaches - just about the size of an apricot and not super ripe - and it was divine.
brilliant recipe all around. thank you!

11:00 PM, August 05, 2008  
Blogger amisha said...

i really, really love this story, molly. i can just imagine you + brandon + your aunt + that tart :)
i think i am going to try this with peaches as well... for some reason i've had a devil of a time finding a good apricot this summer. sad, no? two farmer's market batches left me so sad... mealy + watery! but the peaches have been divine.
xo

11:02 AM, August 08, 2008  
Blogger Rosasharne said...

Hi Molly,
Happy Anniversary.
Thanks for the roasted tomatoes in Bon Appetit, they were a big hit. Your column has been lovely because it's almost always something I've been meaning to do and just needed the little push.
Katya

www.breadbabies.blogspot.com

7:36 AM, August 11, 2008  
Anonymous Liz said...

Hey Molly, the apricots here are mealy. I tried this recipe with plums yesterday. It was divine, but the bottom crust was sogged out.

So today I prebaked it and made it with peaches, which gave off less liquid then the plums. But then again, maybe it just all went into the crust that got soggy.:)
Whatever, the flavor of the dough is great, and we loved it with ice cream. I can see it with a dry fruit like apples.

6:03 PM, August 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I tried the pie crust (with peaches) and it was divine. I've been trying out a multitude of crust recipes and this was by far the best - a real keeper. Thanks thanks so much!

6:42 PM, August 16, 2008  
Blogger Helene said...

First I wanted to try the crust before posting a comment. It was a success. Really easy to prepare, roll etc. The taste is perfect & flaky. I did you it to make a wonderful sugar pie. I'm not going to make my other pie crusts recipes anymore.

Second, for the CCC they are another success. I posted about it.

10:13 PM, August 30, 2008  
Blogger JPM said...

As if you didn't have enough comments on the Apricot Tart recipe already! Since there are literally thousands of mangos of various varieties heaped in piles along the road and in the markets I thought I'd substitute these "Sri Lankan apricots" for the Blenheims. I must say the result is pretty: a deep yellow, almost a mustard yellow in the fruit which I dusted with cinnamon before baking. Always enjoy your blog!

2:48 AM, January 01, 2009  
Blogger Cherry Blossom said...

Hello
this is the perfect tart recipe - it turned out great - i will make a review on my blog and post a link to your page...
thank you very much for sharing this perfect recipe!! I especially love the taste of the salty and sweet and fragrant apricots. I am lucky to live close to fantastic apricot orchards with really flavourful and red cheeked ones! Waving to you from germany - Alissa

2:35 AM, July 08, 2009  
Anonymous Ellen said...

This is the most delicious tart I've ever tasted. My sister made it Wednesday (with a hand mixer; she doesn't have a processor) and brought me a piece today. Stunning flavors and color. Thank you.

1:44 PM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger Ngoc said...

Somehow, magically, this recipe managed to transform even some fairly mediocre apricots into a wonderful dessert. Don't think I'll ever use another pie crust recipe again.

8:10 PM, August 22, 2010  
Anonymous Anita imam said...

Sounds awful to say but can I use tinned apricots as I want to make it this weekend and fresh aren't available.

2:43 PM, November 15, 2011  
Anonymous Ena said...

I paired this wonderful tart with some homemade vanilla-yogurt ice cream and it was great! It's also so pretty just to look at.

3:39 PM, July 22, 2012  
Anonymous paisley said...

I've had many an apricot tart in my life, but this beautifully simple recipe made my gorgeous apricots absolutely shine and I will return to this preparation again and again evermore.

1:16 PM, June 05, 2013  

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