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Berry Almond Tarts

berry almond tart recipe

The moving truck pulled away this afternoon. Our lives are packed in the way, way, back and headed to New England. I am very ready for the next chapter. We really thought that DC would be the last place we would move, but after 6 months of living here we decided that it just wasn’t home. I can’t give a specific reason really, it just didn’t feel right. (Not to say that there weren’t things that I loved about this area. There were.)

As I get older, it is easier for me to define my priorities and values. I keep coming back to one thing over and over – I want a simple life. While I firmly believe that where you live is just geography, that happiness and contentment are within you, it helps if you like the place that you live. We didn’t, and the opportunity to leave (and go to our dream location) presented itself – we jumped on it. The thing about life is that we have the opportunity to change and make changes all the time. There are very few things in life that we have to accept forever.

The idea of moving to a small town really appeals to me. I want to know my neighbors, the families of my children’s friends, and I want to smell the ocean again. I think know that this will be a reality soon. If you live in the Boston/Cape area, say hi in the comments, I am thinking of having a get together once we get settled.

moving truck

My kid’s aren’t officially out of school until the 25th (yes, you read that right. And yes, we pulled them out early, today is their last day), so it doesn’t feel like the 4th of July is in two weeks. But alas, it is. I have a feeling that ours will involve unpacking boxes and packing paper, a pizza, and fireworks somewhere TBD. I hope that yours includes these berry almond tarts. I found this recipe in this month’s Donna Hay. It is an Australian magazine, it is fall there, and her recipe included figs. I love almond anything, I had berries, so I used them instead. These are called tarts, but really are cakes. They are not super sweet, and would actually be a great breakfast. Also, this would be really easy to adapt to be gluten-free. Sub out the 1/4 cup flour for gluten-free all-purpose.

berry almond tart recipe

(I forgot to take an ingredient shot, sorry!)

1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons (130g) butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups berries

berry almond cake recipePut the butter, sugar, zests, and vanilla bean in the bowl of an electric mixer.

Berry Almond Tarts recipeCream for 6 to 8 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.

berry almond tart recipeWhisk together almond meal, flour, and baking powder. Set aside.

berry almond cake recipeAdd the eggs one at a time.

berry almond tart recipeAdd the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

berry almond cake recipeTake the bowl off of the mixer and fold in the almonds.

berry almond cake recipeScoop the batter with an ice cream scoop into 6 paper tart pans or an 11-inch fluted tart pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Spread evenly into the pan.

berry almond cake recipeAdd the berries and gently press into batter.

berry almond cake recipeBake in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. (If you bake in a large tart pan, it will be closer to 45 minutes.)

berry almond cake recipeSprinkle with powdered sugar and dive in. This recipe is adapted from the April/May issue of Donna Hay magazine.

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Berry Almond Tarts


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons (130g) butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups berries

Instructions

  1. Put the butter, sugar, zests, and vanilla bean in the bowl of an electric mixer. Cream for 6 to 8 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  2. Whisk together almond meal, flour, and baking powder. Set aside. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Take the bowl off of the mixer and fold in the almonds.
  3. Scoop the batter with an ice cream scoop into 6 paper tart pans or an 11-inch fluted tart pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Add the berries and gently press into batter.
  5. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. (If you bake in a large tart pan, it will be closer to 45 minutes.)

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  1. June G.

    June 19th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    We’ll be on the Cape mid July, I hope to meet you if you’re around. Maybe over a scoop of 4 Seas ice cream;)

  2. bakedbree

    June 19th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I’d love it! Please let me know and we’ll make it happen!

  3. Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)

    June 19th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Best wishes with your move. The Cape is so beautiful — maybe we will run into you there sometime! And these tarts: YUM!!!

  4. bakedbree

    June 19th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I hope so! And we LOVE Maine. I am so happy for you!

  5. Paige Staar

    June 19th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Good luck with the big awesome move!!!! I will be your date for a boiled lobster and steamers dinner anytime 🙂

  6. bakedbree

    June 23rd, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Thank you! I’d love it!

  7. Millie l Add A Little

    June 20th, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Love the sound of almonds and berries together – so tasty! Also, these look so fancy – like something I’d get at a french patisserie!
    https://youtube.com/addalittlefood

  8. bakedbree

    June 23rd, 2014 at 8:46 am

    They are tasty. Just a heads up, leaving a live link in a comment can get it put in a spam folder and I delete them. Just wanted to let you know.

  9. Theresa

    June 21st, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Bree and Family – Bon Voyage! I hope that this next move will be your last. Yes, it is hard to live more simply in the DC area. The intensity of life here is a shock to those new to the area and even to those of us who’ve lived in its outer lying regions for years. My parents were in town this summer (they live in Houston, no small city either!) and commented on the changes they noticed over the course of their time here. My husband sees it daily; I’m sheltered and experience only on occasion. Enjoy the fresh start and I’ll keep reading what you post.

  10. bakedbree

    June 23rd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Thank you! We are so looking forward to the change of pace.

  11. Allison

    June 22nd, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Bree! You are moving to my home town on the Cape. We are military in Maryland (USAF) and know the excitement a new assignment brings. Be sure to take the kids to the Sandwich Fish Hatchery off 6A. It’s where they raise the fish to stock the ponds on the Cape. Bring some quarters and a few plastic cups and you can feed the fish. We bring our kids there each summer when we visit Falmouth. Good luck with your move! If you have any questions about your new town just e-mail me.

  12. bakedbree

    June 23rd, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I will! Thanks so much!

  13. Shelley A.

    July 7th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I too lived in D.C. area. I was born there, but moved to Marblehead in 1986. There is something to be said for living at the ocean, where that salt air tickles your nose in the morning, and your children crave it {the briny smell} when they are off to college. Best of luck! making your tarts today…..

  14. Finla

    July 30th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I made these tarts and they were so good. Thankyou for sharing such a easy and good tart recipe. I have posted them in my blog the tarts I made.

  15. bakedbree

    August 3rd, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    You are welcome! I love this recipe too. I’m glad that you liked it.

  16. Leah Matthews

    September 19th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Mmm, these look lovely, and so simple too!
    Thanks for the lovely recipe, definitely trying them when the summer fruits are back in season.

    Do you think they are adaptable to using winter fruits? I’d love to see how they turned out with apples, blackberries and a bit of cinnamon.

    Leah x

  17. bakedbree

    September 20th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Absolutely! Winter fruits would be delicious as well.

  18. Denisse

    December 3rd, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    You are SO lucky!!! I would love to live in cape cod!! I’ve been following a blogger from there since forever ago and I always get excited when she posts pictures on the beautiful scenery!! If you don’t mind me asking, why is it that you move so much???

    P.S.: LOVE the blog!!
    xoxo

  19. bakedbree

    December 7th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Which blogger? I’d love to reach out and meet some blogger friends. We move so much because my husband is in the Coast Guard. 🙂

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