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Almond Tart Recipe 

It’s official ~ summertime is here! The markets are bursting with fresh, ripe, berries and fruits. A luscious dessert is in order.

This one is sure to please with the combination of a subtly flavored almond cake, a bright lemon cream topping, and juicy berries. It also has an extra bonus – it’s gluten-free!

Almond Tart with Lemon Cream and Berries, Serves 10 - 12

4 oz.      Almond paste broken into pieces
             (not marzipan!!)

½ Cup   Sugar
½ tsp     Salt
6 Tbsp   Unsalted butter
2 Large  Eggs, beaten
½ Cup    Blanched Almond Flour
½ Cup    Lemon curd
Zest       Of 1 lemon
4 oz       Cream cheese, softened
1 qt        Fresh strawberries, sliced
2            Kiwi, peeled and sliced
Blackberries, Raspberries, or Blueberries
Fresh mint for garnish

Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan. Line the pan with a round of parchment paper and grease paper. In the bowl of a food processor, combine almond paste, salt, and sugar with a few quick pulses, until evenly crumbled. Add butter and process until smooth. Add eggs and process until well-blended. Add the almond flour. Process until thoroughly combined. Spread batter into prepared tart pan, place the tart pan on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden. Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes, then remove the side of the tart pan and cool the cake completely. Carefully invert the pan, remove the base and the parchment paper. Place on a serving platter.

In a clean food processor bowl, combine lemon curd, lemon zest, and cream cheese until smooth. Spread the cream almost to the edge of pastry. Decoratively top the tart with sliced strawberries, kiwi, and blackberries; garnish with mint. Chill until serving time.

Tip: The cake base freezes beautifully, and fits perfectly in a gallon size zip top freezer bag. It is also delicious topped with sliced peaches or nectarines – brush with a bit of lemon juice to prevent darkening!

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