Muffin Tin Almond Tarts

Dessert | November 2, 2016 | By

Muffin Tin Almond Tart

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I’m not that great at food styling. I’ve always been more of a “taste is what matters!” type of person. But lets be honest, I was only saying that because I couldn’t get my food to look good. Now that I’m blogging about food, that’s a bit of a problem… so I’m working really hard to up my skills!

I’m telling you this because I gotta say, I think this almond tart might be one of the best looking desserts that I’ve created so far! It’s so cute, and it looks delicious, don’t you think? Look at the shine on those almonds! And my first attempt at a quenelle on the whipped cream is a little rough around the edges (literally), but it’s pretty cute too! Okay, okay, enough of that. 

A cute almond tart made in a muffin tin. Tart crust, almond filling, and a glazed almond topping. Top with whipped cream for an elegant dessert.

The thing I love about this tart is the fact that it’s made using something every amateur baker has- a muffin tin. Tarts are so yummy, but if you don’t have a tart pan, you may have given up on the idea of making one. Using a muffin tin solves that problem, and as an added bonus, it gives you a beautiful minimal look. The wavy edge on tart pans is cute, but this muffin tin shape is unexpectedly chic! 

There are four components to this dessert: the tart shell, almond filling, almond topping, and whipped cream garnish. It may seem like a lot, but the ingredients are surprisingly similar. It’s all about the almond, butter, and eggs. That’s why you know it’s going to be good! Now, make sure you give yourself a little time to make this, because the tart shell dough needs to sit in the fridge for about an hour. After that, it all comes together pretty quickly. If you want to make a cool little whipped cream garnish, try making this quenelle

Happy baking!

A cute almond tart made in a muffin tin. Tart crust, almond filling, and a glazed almond topping. Top with whipped cream for an elegant dessert.

 

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Muffin Tin Almond Tarts

A cute almond tart made in a muffin tin. Tart crust, almond filling, and a nougat almond topping. Top with whipped cream for an elegant dessert.
Servings 8 tarts

Ingredients

  • Tart Shells
  • 70 g butter room temperature
  • 30 g granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 130 g cake flour
  • 20 g almond meal
  • Almond Filling
  • 70 g almond meal
  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g butter room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • Almond Nougat
  • 70 g sliced almonds
  • 40 g honey
  • 40 g butter
  • 40 g granulated sugar
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the tart shell: Beat the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk. Sift together the cake flour and almond meal, and fold into wet mixture. Combine, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the inside of each cup with some softened butter. Remove pastry from the refrigerator and divide into eight equal portions. Press each portion into the muffin tin, making the thickness as equal as possible along the bottom and the sides. It should come a little over half way up the sides. Pierce the bottom and sides a few times with a fork (I didn't do this and it was fine, but most recipes recommend it).
  2. To make the almond filling: Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, and when combined, beat in the almond meal until combined. Spoon the filling into the eight shells. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until edges start to brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Make the almond nougat topping: Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees F. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, honey, and butter and stir until melted. Add the sliced almonds and stir gently to coat. When the mixture starts to brown, spoon on top of each tart and return to the oven to bake for 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from tin. Top with whipped cream and mint leaf garnish (optional).

Recipe Notes

Adapted from: Cookpad (Japanese). 
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    kelly
    November 3, 2016

    I agree it is definitely beautiful!! So I bet it is equally tasty!:))

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      Alisa
      November 4, 2016

      Thanks Kelly! We should get together and bake some time 🙂

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