Monday, May 20, 2013

Apricot Custard Tart

Today I'm going to show you how to make this Apricot Custard Tart. And boy is it dreamy. It's made using apricot preserves, which are one of my favorite things because they can give you a taste of summer all year round. I'm always looking for new ways to use my stock of preserves and was super happy to use them for this tasty treat.
Tart shell ingredients and filling ingredients.
To get started, you'll need some ingredients!

For Tart Shell (for a 9-10" tart pan):

  • 1 1/4 c multi purpose flour (I used Manini's Multiuso gluten free flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c (1 stick) butter cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1/8 c super cold water
For Tart Filling:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split with seeds scraped out
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 heaping tbs sugar
  • 12 oz Apricot preserves (or 1 1/2 half pint jars). I used homemade apricot vanilla bean preserves, but you could use store bought, too. Heck, you could even use preserves made with a different kind of fruit (raspberry would be dreamy!).
You'll want to begin by making the tart shell because it needs to be cool when you add the filling.
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and   
   pulse a few times until combined.
3. Add the cubed butter and pulse until it resembles a coarse
4. Add the water and pulse until forms clumps and starts to look
   like dough (you can add a tiny bit more water if your dough
   looks dry).
5. Carefully pull the dough out of the food processor, form into
   a ball, then flatten it into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap,
   and refrigerate for 1 hour.
6. After pulling the dough out of the refrigerator, roll out the 
   dough to just slightly larger than the tart pan, then place in
   the tart pan and press up the edges. I'm usually a mess at     
   putting dough into pans so i tend to have to press lots of
   cracks together and push the dough up the sides with my 
   fingers. And that's ok! It doesn't have to be perfect, just
7. Place a piece of parchment over the tart shell and fill with 
   pie weights or dried beans. This will help avoid any bubbling
   of the crust and is called blind baking.
8. Put the shell in the oven for 10 minutes, take out, remove 
   parchment, and cook for 10 more minutes.
9. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.
While the crust is cooling, you can begin work on the filling. The preserves are already ready to go, so you'll just need to make the custard. Here's how:
1. If you turned your oven off, now is the time to re-pre-heat it
   to 350°. Then, in a small pot, combine the milk and the  
   vanilla bean and seeds and bring to a boil over medium heat,   
   stirring occasionally.
2. When the milk comes to a boil, remove from heat, cover, and 
   let sit for 30 minutes so the vanilla bean can infuse into the  
3. After 30 minutes, strain the mixture and put it back on the   
   stove over very low heat, just to keep it warm.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with the sugar 
   until they become light and somewhat pale in color.
5. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking as   
   you pour.
6. Return the mixture to the pot and cook over medium-low heat, 
   stirring constantly. Don't let it boil as that can cause it to 
   curdle. Cook it over the stove for 7-10 minutes, until the 
   mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
7. Remove the mixture from the heat immediately and pour it into 
   your tart shell.
8. Bake for 10 minutes, just long enough to slightly bake the 
   custard, then remove from the oven and spoon the preserves 
   over the top. You'll want to add just enough of 
   the preserves to come to just under the edge of the tart 
9. Return to the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the 
   preserves begin to bubble and thicken slightly. I used a 
   fairly loose preserve so this took some extra time. The 
   easiest way to tell if the preserves have thickened is to 
   shake the pan. If it's real jiggly, then it will need a little 
   more time. If it has just a touch of jiggle, it'll be perfect!
10. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature, cut and  

I hope you get a chance to try making this delicious tart soon!

Til next time!



  1. this looks even better than I had imagined it to be! I can't wait to try this out!

    1. Thanks! I'm pretty happy with it. The crust turned out awesome, which I'm especially pleased about!

  2. I really love your blog! You have so many wonderful ideas! The layout is gorgeous and the wonderful photos really make for an artistic look. I'll be back reading on a regular basis! JV

  3. Im going to have to try this! It looks so good!


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