Monday, July 18, 2011

strawberry-pistachio tart

the goods:

all-purpose flour, for rolling
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup unsalted, shelled pistachios
2 tablespoons sugar
5 cups thinly sliced strawberries
1/4 cup apricot jam, warmed 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out puff pastry to a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and trim to make a neat rectangle. Freeze until firm, 10 minutes. With a fork, prick pastry all over. To prevent pastry from rising, top with a sheet of parchment paper and stack another rimmed baking sheet on top. Bake until light golden, 13 minutes.

Meanwhile in a food processor, combine 1/4 cup pistachios and sugar and process until pistachios are finely ground. Sprinkle mixture on pastry, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Bake until pastry is deep golden and pistachio mixture begins to turn golden, 10 minutes.

Roughly chop remaining 1/4 pistachios. Remove sheet from oven; arrange strawberries on pistachio mixture, overlapping slices. Brush berries with jam and sprinkle chopped pistachios on border.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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