This year's Apricot & Tsaqwem Festival was on Sue and I's birthday so I didn't have too much time to prepare for the Apricot Cooking Contest. I was only able to make 4 Apricot recipes that I will be sharing over the next few posts, starting with this Apricot Coconut Tart which ended up winning First Place in the Sweet Category!
This is an easy, quick to whip up dessert. From start to finish in about 45 minutes.
P.S - Apricot and coconut go together fantabulously.
Apricot Coconut Tart
1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 egg yolk
1 egg yolk, beaten (for brushing crust)
1/4 cup butter, room temp
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 Tbsp almond meal
Apricots, halved and pitted
3 Tbsp apricot jam, warmed
Icing sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare crust - In a blender or food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Pulse in cold butter briefly and then pulse in egg yolk until mixture starts to come together.
Press dough into a 10 or 11 inch tart pan and prick all over with a fork.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Brush the crust with the beaten egg yolk and return to the oven for another 2 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack while you prepare filling.
Prepare filling - In a mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the egg. Beat in the coconut and almond meal.
Drop by the spoonful into the crust and spread evenly.
Place apricot halves, cut side down, in the filling, pressing down slightly.
Using a pastry or basting brush, brush the apricots with the warm apricot jam.
Bake at 350 until puffed up and browned, about 20 - 25 minutes.
Let cool on wire rack until cool enough to touch before removing tart from the tart pan.
Let cool completely and then lightly sprinkle with icing sugar (optional).
Because this was for the Apricot Festival I didn't get any shots of the tart sliced. Believe me when I say it looked really pretty. Your guests would totally be impressed if you served this. :)
I little whipped cream or even a bit of vanilla ice cream on top would be spectacular as well.
I was very excited to win first with this recipe. I can't wait until next year to develop even more apricot recipes! Stay tuned for the other recipes we came up with for this year's contest.
*NOTE* - In case you were wondering why there are several tarts in some of the pics - I doubled the recipe to make an extra tart to give to the lady who donated some apricots to me.
The recipe, as written above, only makes 1 tart.
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