I decided to go ahead and share this recipe with you even though it wasn't one of my favorites. I figure that someone might like it more than me … my Emily certainly does! As I mentioned in the last post, the recipe I followed was from Ann Willan's Country Cooking in France and she calls it a Tarte Aux Fruits Alsacienne and recommends using any type of fruit. The Alsace region is on the German border and takes some influence from the heartiness of German cooking. I'm still on the hunt for what I would term a classic "Tarte Aux Abricots". Hook me up if you find one, OK?
+ a sweet yeast dough pressed easily into a pan …
= a cozy, sweet nest of fruity, summer goodness.
Bake the cozy nest for 10 minutes …
… then pour a custard over the fruit …
… and bake for another 40-50 minutes.
The apricots release some juice and the custard mixes with it to make a naturally sweet flavor.
This recipe is a more typical French country dessert in that it is minimally sweet. If you like super sweet desserts, you probably won't care for it. It serves nicely as an afternoon gouter* offering or even a breakfast. At least, that's how Emily has been enjoying it! You could also top it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to add some sweetness for dessert.
Much of the appeal of this recipe and post for me is how much Emily and I enjoyed our afternoon baking together. Sometimes, those memories are better than the food, right?
*A "gouter", literally translated, is a verb meaning "to taste". It is also used in noun form to define the mid-afternoon snack in France. It is pronounced, "GOO-teh".