Individual Apple Tarts with Almond Cream

These apple tarts are a variation on classic French tarts.  The Almond Cream brings extra depth to the flavor.

Servings
8 5-inch tarts
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Recipe by
Plugrá® Kitchens
Ingredients

Crusts

2 cups plus 2 tbsp. (265g) all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. (7g) granulated sugar
¼ tsp. (1.5g) kosher salt
4 oz. (113g) Plugrá® Premium Butter, unsalted, softened
3 to 4 tbsp. (42g to 56g) ice water

Almond Cream

½ cup almonds
¼ cup sugar, divided
1 large egg yolk
2 tbsp. (6g) Plugrá® Premium Butter, unsalted, softened
¼ tsp. almond extract
1 tbsp. flour

Apple Topping

1¾ lbs. (795g) small apples, about 5 apples, 2½ inches in diameter
2 oz. (56g) Plugrá® Premium Butter, unsalted, softened
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
Steps
1
Crusts: Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and butter in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until it is just combines. The dough should begin to hold together when it is ready. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until to form a ball. Press into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2
Almond Cream: Combine almonds and ¼ cup sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until the almonds are finely ground – don’t run the processor continuously or you’ll end up with almond butter. Add the egg, butter, almond extract and flour and pulse until well blended and a paste is formed.
3
Apple Topping: Peel and core the apples, cut in half and cut ¼-inch off the smaller end of each half. Slice the remaining halves into 1/8-inch slices. Cut the ¼-inch slices into ¼-inch dice.
4
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cut apples and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook the apples, stirring occasionally, until they have softened but have not browned, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
5
Assembly: Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
6
6. Roll the chilled dough out to 1/8-inch thickness and cut into 8 5-inch circles. Transfer the circles to the prepared pan and spread each circle with a rounded tablespoon of Almond Cream. Shingle the apple slices around the dough to form a circle that’s narrower at the center and wider at the edges. Scatter the diced apple pieces over the tarts and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
7
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges of the apples begin to brown. Serve with Brown Butter Caramel Sauce.