Apricot Tart

Apricot tart

I have two beautiful Apricot Tart recipes that I like to serve at afternoon tea. One of them does depend on fresh apricots. The other one can be made all year round with creme patissiere and apricot jam.

The first version is a mini tartlet made in a pate sablee pastry case. Pate sablee is a crumbly and delicate sweet pastry. This tart is made with pastry cream flavoured with apricot jam. It is then topped with an apricot jam glaze.

The flavours are delicate and creamy and the whole tart seems to melt in your mouth.

Stephen made up this recipe, and he is justifiably proud of it.

Fresh apricot tart

The fresh apricot version is essentially apple tart, but you replace the apples with a couple of apricots. The rest of the recipe is exactly the same as this apple tart recipe. I love the intense flavour of the apricots with the sweet creaminess of the creme patissiere and the buttery layers of puff pastry.

My mouth is watering.....

Apricot Tart Recipe

Time: 30 minutes if you already have pate sablee and pastry cream or just over an hour from scratch.
Level: Intermediate
Makes 12 little tartlets

1 quantity of pate sablee
1 quantity of creme patissiere
3 tbsp apricot jam
Egg wash (1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp milk, mixed)

Apricot tart
  • Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 325F, 160C.

  • Roll out the pate sablee to 2mm thickness. I used a shallow tart tin with a 7.5cm (3in) fluted cutter. The size of the tart tin will determine the size of the cutter.

  • Brush the pastry with egg wash. Bake the pate sablee for 10 minutes.

  • In the meantime, mix ½ cup of crème patissiere with 1tbsp of good quality apricot jam.

  • Melt 2tbsp of apricot jam with 1tbsp of water in a small pan and stir until mixed together. Strain the mixture to remove any lumps.

  • When the pastry is ready, spoon the creme patissiere mix into the pastry cases.

  • Spoon the jam mixture over the crème patissiere to cover it completely.

  • Return the tarts to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

  • Remove them to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes.

Serve with

Apricot tart

Serve the fresh apricot tart (recipe under apple tart) with a delicate green tea - I love it with Sencha green tea - or perhaps with Iced Green Tea. I love them on their own this way. It's a really lovely afternoon tea treat.

I like the pate sablee tarts best as part of an afternoon tea spread. I think they are perfect with meringues, chocolate eclairs, tomato sandwiches, ham sandwiches and a nice pot of Earl Grey Tea or fresh mint tea.

If you Adored Apricot Tart you might Love Lemon Scones....