I made a promise to myself this summer that I would make more desserts with fruit. Now that peach season is upon us, I thought I’d try another peach dessert. This time a tart. I found a great recipe from food52 that makes a shortbread crust with olive oil and almond extract.
I loved the peaches with the almond shortbread crust. What I really loved is that this was a simple recipe to put together without a lot of fuss. You didn’t even have to bake the crust first! No rolling pin required!
This would be a great recipe to travel with to impress your friends which is exactly what I did on a recent trip to Chicago. I will warn you however, you should modify the amount of sugar based on the size tart pan you have. My tart pan was only 9-inches, so there was quite a lot of sugar in the tart. Luckily, my friends didn’t mind!
Peach Tart with Olive Oil Crust
- Makes one 9-inch tart; serves 8
- 1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (or mild olive oil if you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 tablespoons cold , unsalted butter
- 3 to 5small ripe peaches , pitted and thickly sliced (about 1/2-inch wide)
Heat the oven to 425°. In a mixing bowl, stir together 1 ½ cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stirring enables the salt and sugar to sift the flour, so you don’t need to sift it in advance. In a small bowl, whisk together the oils, milk and almond extract. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and mix gently with a fork, just enough to dampen; do not over work it. Then, transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan and use your hands to pat out the dough so it covers the bottom of the pan, pushing it up the sides to meet the edge. This will work if you pat firmly and confidently, but not if you curl your fingertips into the dough. It should be about 1/8 -inch thick all around; trim and discard excess dough.
In a bowl, combine ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, ¼ teaspoon salt and the butter. (If your peaches are especially juicy, add 1 tablespoon additional flour.) Using your fingers, pinch the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly, with a mixture of fine granules and tiny pebbles.
Starting on the outside, arrange the peaches overlapping in a concentric circle over the pastry; fill in the center in whatever pattern makes sense. The peaches should fit snugly. Sprinkle the pebbly butter mixture over top (it will seem like a lot). Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until shiny, thick bubbles begin enveloping the fruit and the crust is slightly brown. Cool on a rack. Serve warm or room temperature, preferably with generous dollops of whipped cream.
Adapted from food52