How to make a French tart
If you have every wanted to learn how to make a French apricot tart, you are in the right place. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to make an apricot French tart including how to make tart dough. You CAN make this! This recipe is easy, simple and authentic.
If you have extra apricots because, um, you have an apricot tree, this recipe is a great way to use apricots.
French Tart Dough Recipe – Step by Step Pictures
This tart dough is easy to make in a food processor. A special kneading method called fraisage is used to blend the flour and butter together with out making the dough tough. The dough is worked cold and rolled out just like a pie crust. You CAN do this!
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Why I love French tarts.
Have you ever heard of the Imposter Phenomenon? It’s the concept describing high-achieving individuals who have trouble internalizing their accomplishments and believe they will be exposed as a fraud. It’s not a mental disorder or a personality trait but rather a response to a situation. It’s really interesting and continues to be studied.
Why do I bring this up? Because in the kitchen, especially with baking, super especially with French pastries, I feel like a fraud. Learning to cook is a life long process which includes at the basic level learning to chop, dice, sauté, wash dishes etc.
With pastries, there is so much more to it. Baking includes complex chemical reactions that need a narrow window of ingredients to make the reactions happen properly.
Too much flour or liquid in the dough and you pretty much have to start over. I have always thought of baking as needing an advanced set of skills, sometimes convincing myself that only cooking school graduates should attempt to master, especially with French pastries!
Well, you do need more advanced skills- but the secret that the imaginary angry French Chef from Le Cordon Bleu – that lives in my head- never told me is that each pastry recipe learned builds those skills one-by-one, easily.
French tart dough is a great start to building those skills and that is why I love French tarts! I even succeeded on the first try!
This apricot dessert recipe is adapted from my latest favorite French cookbook and guide, French Classics Made Easy by Richard Grausman. I used apricots because I still have some from our apricot-pocolypse from last year.
The fabulous serving pieces were made by my husband, Mr. Craftiness.
I forgot to prick the dough with a fork and the world did NOT end. If this happens to you, just remember Julia Child when she dropped the chicken or duck on the floor on her TV show. She told the audience, ‘Well dearie, if you don’t tell them they won’t know’, or something like that. You know which episode, right? Are there any JC fans out there? Gimme some love!
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