These elegant almond tartlets are one of our classic recipes from chef Adam Gray. The perfect dessert for dinner parties, these look incredibly elegant but can be made ahead for ease. Served with a creamy custard to balance the tart raspberries.
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Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, sprinkling in a little of the ground almonds at the same time to help emulsify the mixture
100g of unsalted butter
100g of caster sugar
75g of ground almonds
Add the grated lemon zest then fold in the remaining ground almonds and plain flour
25g of plain flour
Pipe or spoon the mixture evenly into the pastry cases, making sure it is spread evenly and not to overfill the cases. Bake for 10 minutes, until the mixture is firm to the touch and light golden in colour. Remove the bakewell tarts from the oven
8 10cm pre-baked sweet pastry tart cases
These can be served while still warm, or cooled completely to serve later if making ahead. When ready to serve, add the apricot jam in a small pan on a medium heat and allow to soften to liquid form
1 tbsp of apricot jam
Place the raspberries neatly on top of each tartlet to decorate. Use a pastry brush to gently coat the berries with the apricot glaze
400g of fresh raspberries
Pour a pool of the warm custard onto each serving dish and sit the individual tartlets on top. Garnish with a few mint leaves to serve
vanilla custard, warmed
mint leaves, to garnish
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