Peach Tart

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Author Notes: Every cook needs a good dessert recipe that can be whipped up anywhere -- especially when you're away from your kitchen and its mixer and rolling pin and comforting gadgets. This peach tart is that recipe for me. To make it all you need is a knife, a bowl, and some kind of pan. A tart pan ideally, but I've even made it on a baking sheet with one side shored up with aluminum foil. And when I've been without a bowl, I've even mixed the dough right in the pan.

The dough is made with oil, milk and almond extract, and is pressed into the pan. There is no blind baking nonsense. You just top the dough with the peaches, and then shower it with a sugary, salty crumble and send it on its merry way into the oven.

I got the original recipe from my mother, who uses all vegetable oil in the crust. I use half vegetable oil and half olive oil. She neatly peels her peaches. Lazy kin, I do not. Hers is probably better, but you are stuck with me. I can promise you, however, that whoever you serve this to will not mind.
Amanda Hesser

Makes one 11-inch tart; serves 8

  • 1 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup mild olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • 3 to 5 small ripe peaches, pitted and thickly sliced (about 1/2-inch wide)
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. In a mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stirring enables the salt and sugar to sift the flour, so you don’t need to sift it in advance. In a small bowl, whisk together the oils, milk and almond extract. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and mix gently with a fork, just enough to dampen; do not over work it. Then, transfer the dough to an 11-inch tart pan (you can use a smaller one if needed), and use your hands to pat out the dough so it covers the bottom of the pan, pushing it up the sides to meet the edge. This will work if you pat firmly and confidently, but not if you curl your fingertips into the dough. It should be about 1/ 8-inch thick all around; trim and discard excess dough.
  2. In a bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the butter. (If your peaches are especially juicy, add 1 tablespoon additional flour.) Using your fingers, pinch the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly, with a mixture of fine granules and tiny pebbles.
  3. Starting on the outside, arrange the peaches overlapping in a concentric circle over the pastry; fill in the center in whatever pattern makes sense. The peaches should fit snugly. Sprinkle the pebbly butter mixture over top (it will seem like a lot). Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until shiny, thick bubbles begin enveloping the fruit and the crust is slightly brown. Cool on a rack. Serve warm or room temperature, preferably with generous dollops of whipped cream.

Tags: press-in crust, Summer

Comments (181) Questions (15)

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Alice

27 days ago Alice Gardner

Oh my goodness. This is almost exactly how I make my peach pies (the peach procedure, anyway). I like to add a pinch of nutmeg to the butter and sugar mix. I knew I was doing something right! I'll have to try the peach/almond combo sometime soon. It sounds fantastic.

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2 months ago ellemmdee

How do you think this would work with thinly sliced frozen/thawed peaches? It's winter here, but I'd love a taste of summer right about now!

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6 months ago rukahn

An excellent recipe to adapt for gluten/dairy free---I use Trader Joe's almond meal plus gluten free flour (perhaps 2/3, 1/3), coconut oil/milk. I pre-bake the shell @350 for about 10 mins. Use cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, vanilla..depending on fruit. Light brown sugar might help those who find it too sweet. I didn't. Ruth in Detroit

Bananacakewithtangyvanilla

8 months ago cookingintheheights

i've made this gem of a tart scores of different ways. my latest was a peachy plum version last week at the shore and a photo of it is at bottom of this post: http://bit.ly/1dSJKb2 I always cut the sugar and always use only extra virgin olive oil (just as noted in 'cooking for mr. latte' where i first saw this recipe). now i always pack almond oil in my pantry bags when we take our annual beach vacation.

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8 months ago Pat in SoCal

I didn't cut back on the sugar as that makes the crumbly toping so good....but I did sqeeze a lime over the peaches before I put them into the pastry and I think that gave me a sweet/tart taste that was great!

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8 months ago fhp

Good idea. I'm going to copy you. I have now made this tart twice and it has been a hit each time. I'm tempted to up the almond flavor and don't know whether to crumble some amaretti into the crumble or some almond paste into the crust or figure out how to incorporate some almond paste into the peach mix. Ideas?

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8 months ago Jopper

I made this recipe today. I had a bunch of peaches to use up, and didn't want to make a pie. It's week day, so I needed something quick. It was a snap to make. I love the olive oil in the crust. I like the fact that I didn't have to peel the peaches.....like I said, it's a weekday. While making it I thought "hmmm....sugar content seems high", but I went with it. I usually always cut the sugar, I don't know why I didn't in this case. Anyways, the tart turned out great. All four of us (two adults and two kids) went in for seconds. I will most definitely cut the sugar next time I make this, but it's just a personal preference. I will also most likely make this again in the very near future (as in this weekend). Can't wait to try this with other fruit, such as apples.

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8 months ago Joannaas

I just made the tart today and unfortunately did not check the comments first-I definitely should have reduced the sugar. A few other ideas. First of all, I thought that there was too much topping and it really took away from the flavor of the peaches. I would say using about half would be okay. One other idea would be that you use a mixture of large and small pieces of peach, and pile them larger. I think that doing this will add some more peach flavor, and it will have a better texture. Overall I think that my family was a little disappointed in the recipe, so we will try something else next time.

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8 months ago katie

I just made the tart and it was great! I added .5 cups sugar instead of .75 cups after reading the comments. I thought it was perfect - my husband said he would have liked it a little sweeter.

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8 months ago betsy j

Fabulous - crust is great. I cut the sugar back to about 1/3 cup - great with sweet white peaches. Thanks!

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8 months ago chiefkief

Embarrassed to say I used a pre-made Dufour shell because I didn't have time to make Amanda's homemade version but everyone loved it, nonetheless! SO easy to make. Thanks, Amanda!!!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

8 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Glad everyone liked it!

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8 months ago sfhardin

This is wonderful with the almond extract addition. Depending on the sweetness of the peaches I might cut back on the sugar. Will make again;)

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8 months ago fhp

Amanda, Thank You so much for this tart. I do not usually bake but the olive oil component beckoned me; a sort of "Aw common you can do it" whispered to me. So after a day full of shelling beans and making little eggplant involtinis etc...your creation talked me into making a dessert. I'm glad I did. Everyone had seconds, even the ones who never eat anything. I followed your recipe to the "T". Sure it was sweet but I wasn't turned off by it at all and I hardly ever use sugar. When I showed your recipe to some of the guests who are better cooks than myself they all made me link it to them. I guess thats a pretty significant compliment these days. Anyway, between your desert, the ricotta filled involtini and David Tanis' "Jalapeño Butter' recipe (who knew???) that I threw on the succotash the lamb chop dinner was a big hit. Thanks again for a great, easy to follow, easy to do recipe. You rock.

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8 months ago Scott

After baking this tart I would advise people to use a puff pastry rather than the shortcrust. It was not appetising at all and definitely too sweet.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

8 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

A puff pastry will produce a very different dessert -- you can certainly cut back on the sugar in the topping if you find it too sweet.

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8 months ago Gisela Weidman

This is food at its best, pure and simple. A recipe that has limitless possibilities, and wonderful freshness. A tad too sweet for my taste, but made the recipe as is. My peaches were very sweet, but will still cut back on the sugar. Appreciate reader's comments, very helpful. Thanks, Amanda

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

8 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks, Gisela -- and yes, seems like you could cut the sugar in the topping back to 1/3 or 1/2 cup.

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8 months ago A.Baker

Quick and easy to make however, found it too sweet and sickly and the plums fell off the tart.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

8 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

A.Baker -- I'm sorry you didn't like the tart. It is indeed sweet. However, you could have suggested to readers that they consider cutting back on the sugar. Constructive feedback is more the tenor of our site.

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8 months ago ReeceAmy

Happy accident - ran out of my usual olive oil so I opened a bottle of Stonehouse Keffir Lime olive oil and used it in the crust. It was a delicious contrast to the peach. And the house smelled of keffir lime as it cooked. Love this one Amanda!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

8 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Wow -- sounds great. Where did you buy the oil?

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8 months ago ReeceAmy

I live near SF - got it at the Stonehouse Olive Oil kiosk in the SF Ferry Plaza. Their lemon oil is wicked too but not nearly as good as the Nudo version in the last Quarterly package!

Stringio

9 months ago Carol Andrews

I am not a baker and I just made this and it was very good. I ate it with black walnut ice cream

Stringio

9 months ago Marlene Naude

I made a cinnamon aplle tart with this recipe I replaced the peaches with green shaved apples and added cinnamon and lemon juice on top....it made a good dessert

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

9 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Glad it turned out well.

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9 months ago Juanita

I just made this in a gluten-free version. I used a 3/4 sheet jelly roll pan, 1 cup of organic blanched almond flour and 3/4 cups organic coconut flour, used Xylitol in place of sugar and organic coconut oil in place of the olive oil. I also added 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon, a pinch of ginger and nutmeg to the sugar crumble topping. I not only got a 'thank you' from my husband but also 2 'I love you'. It was very good! Thank you .

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

9 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks for including your recipe -- people have asked about this in the past.

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9 months ago Loredona

I am in a dilemma. Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream with the tart??

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

9 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I like whipped cream with a little creme fraiche folded in.

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9 months ago Loredona

I made this last evening and have yet to taste it. I am bringing it over to our friends house for dinner this evening. After 30 minutes the edges of the crust looked a little burnt so I took it out. It does look pretty.. I hope it taste as good. I assume you make your own whipped cream. Do you use Creme fraiche or sour cream when making your whipped cream?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

9 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

See my response above. Hope it went over well!

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9 months ago Emily Louise

GREAT pie - thank you. But what I really want to know is where to get one of your measuring cups. It's genius!

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9 months ago debsiegel

I've made this several times and LOVE it. Any thoughts on whether I could sub almond meal for the flour to make it gluten free?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

9 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Yes, I think you could, but I haven't tried it. Seems worth giving it a whirl, and even if it doesn't work perfectly the first time around, it should still taste good.

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9 months ago debsiegel

Using the almond flour worked out pretty well. The dough was a lot wetter than it is with regular flour, and it took less time to bake, but the flavor was great and it added some interesting texture. Definitely worth trying if you need a gluten free tart!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

9 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Please see the above comment -- someone added their recipe for a gluten free dough.

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10 months ago Berries98

Do you think I can use brown sugar instead? Thanks.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Yes, but I might cut back on the sugar by 20% because brown sugar is so much more potently sweet.

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10 months ago BettyH

I want to master this recipe - but twice now no success. I bought and am enjoying your cookbook "The Essential New York Times Cookbook". The purple plus torte is one of my favourite - easy to put together and count on recipes. With this tart unfortunately I'm finding it just too sweet. I may try it a third time yet with less sugar. Great site. Thanks

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10 months ago E.Margaret

My tart ended up tasting rancid. I checked the oils we used, and they seemed to be fine, but the crust was unbearable. Any ideas? My best guess is the olive oil.

Bananacakewithtangyvanilla

10 months ago cookingintheheights

oil is best guess, i'd say

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Oh, goodness -- sorry to hear this. I think it's the oil because I've definitely made this with olive oil and while it was strong in flavor, it didn't taste rancid. But olive oil is tricky in cakes and pastries and it can easily seem unpleasant or bitter.

Stringio

10 months ago adele93

could i just use 1/2 cup olive oil as i don't have any vegetable oil?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Yes -- it will have a stronger flavor but I've done it and it's ok!

Stringio

10 months ago adele93

is almond extract the same as almond essence? if so can i just increase that a little to over ride the taste/flavour of the olive oil?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Not sure if they're the same but I think you can use essence in place of extract but I wouldn't increase it, otherwise the almond flavor will be too strong. I think the olive oil will be ok. Let me know how it works out!

Bananacakewithtangyvanilla

10 months ago cookingintheheights

it's funny - i've only ever used olive oil and i really love it that way

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10 months ago Judith Roud

Strawberries worked beautifully, with a few minor changes. Gorgeous, delicious, DH and I ate the whole thing ourselves in 3 days. You can see it here:http://lifeonthefoodchain...

Bananacakewithtangyvanilla

10 months ago cookingintheheights

wowza - great idea!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Judith -- thanks for letting us know!

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10 months ago amy McDonough

I love this recipe. Easy and delicious. The almond extract makes a great taste to the crust and the skins are nice and tender when baked. Love it!

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10 months ago hellskitchen

are the peaches skinless?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I leave the skins on -- because I'm lazy and because the skins melt into the tart juices.

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10 months ago VickiJ

I copied and pasted to Word...the picture transferred as well. Prints nicely.

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10 months ago Barbara Whitlow

This looks wonderful, but in trying to print it, it comes with the recipe wording only. I really want to have the picture. Is there a way I can download the recipe with the picture? Thanks.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

VickiJ noted: I copied and pasted to Word...the picture transferred as well. Prints nicely. /hope this is helpful.

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10 months ago RGX

I just picked about 3 quarts of sour cherries from my tree I'm going to try them...they make really good pie but this sounds better

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

You might be able to apply the sour cherries to this recipe. Maybe add a bit more sugar?

Stringio

10 months ago Helen Beal

need to try this one

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10 months ago Sujett

Do you think the flour could be substituted with almond flour to decrease amount of carbs?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I haven't tried it but it seems worth experimenting -- how about half flour, half almond flour?

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10 months ago Loving It

I have never made a tart because my pie crust was hopeless. This looks possible for me.Thank you, I am going to try this! Looks wonderful. Great recepies!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Good luck!

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10 months ago Linda Higginbotham

I have not tried this yet, but I have used oil in pie crusts for decades, rather than shortening, and the crust is always flaky and delicious; so I'm sure everyone's glowing comments are accurate. Looking forward to tasting this, just in time for peach season.

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10 months ago leah_shelton_pucciarelli

Dessert First: I am not amanda but my daughter has nut allergies too and I think i just used vanilla extract and it was amazing!

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10 months ago Dessert First

Hello Amanda. My husband has nut allergies what would you recommend as a replacement for the almond extract? Thank you for all your work in creating a most awesome of tables for family and friends! Kelly

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

10 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I recommend following Leah's suggestion of substituting vanilla extract for the almond. Let us know how it works out, and thank for your kind words!

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11 months ago za'atar

This was delicious and more than I expected from the simple list of ingredients. I will definitely be making this all summer! Next time I will add a bit more flour to the peaches to try to stop the juices from leaking out.

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about 1 year ago Qomo

Would this work with canned peaches? I would love to try it out, along with your suggestions for some tweaking of the recipe of course! Thanks!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

about 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I haven't tried it with canned peaches and it might work but a few thoughts: they may break down and get jammy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Canned peaches are in a sweet syrup so I would cut down the sugar in the topping by 1/3.

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about 1 year ago Qomo

Thanks--will give it a shot and let you know how it turns out!

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10 months ago Rockin Grammy

I would try frozen peaches over the canned.

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about 1 year ago leslie_leslie

Since it's February, I made this with Granny Smith apples and blueberries. I am ashamed to admit this is the first fruit tart (or pie) I've ever made. It was so good! It was a bit runny since I didn't add any cornstarch. But my whole family loved it. As everyone else has said, the crust is amazing. Thanks!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

about 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Glad to welcome you to the world of tart making -- isn't it fun?!

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over 1 year ago Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

I live in NJ and just made this tart with (mostly) winter fruit for a Hanukkah party - one tart with granny smith apple and raspberries, the other with Anjou pears and raspberries. Both were awesome. We just cannot get enough of this tart both in summer and winter. thank you, thank you!!

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over 1 year ago TheLearningCook

A friend made me a steak dinner and requested pie for dessert. Since I have never made a pie I didn't mess up, I decided to try this instead. To say he was happy with the switch is an understatement. Thank you for this easy recipe that even I can't screw up.

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over 1 year ago TheLearningCook

In fact, I left my friend all the leftovers so I am making a new one tonight with blueberries and I will bring the leftovers to work

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks for giving it a try -- and glad it was a success!

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over 1 year ago leah_shelton_pucciarelli

I used apples - very good!

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over 1 year ago leah_shelton_pucciarelli

I used apples - very good!

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over 1 year ago MellyHBee

Amazing! I am not the best crust maker but this one is easy. I used Agave instead of sugar! I don't have a tart pan so used a 9 inch pie pan and it worked beautifully! I must admit that the crust was my favorite part! A WINNER!

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over 1 year ago MellyHBee

Amazing! I am not the best crust maker but this one is easy. I used Agave instead of sugar! I don't have a tart pan so used a 9 inch pie pan and it worked beautifully! I must admit that the crust was my favorite part! A WINNER!

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over 1 year ago Tori Haschka

Made this last night with dwindling fruit in the flat; apricots and blackberries. So good we invited the neighbours in to help eat it. Served with creme fraiche- the tartness was lovely against the apricots. Amanda, you're a gem. Thank you! ( http://distilleryimage3...)

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

What a sweet comment -- thank you!

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over 1 year ago kstallbe

Perfect! I was really surprised how nice the crust was despite no blind bake. The crumb was crumby, rather than flaky, but super yummy. I used turbinado sugar for the topping, makes for a nice crunchiness. Thanks for posting!!

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over 1 year ago carriemb

So easy and delicious. I used a rectangle tart pan and it was beautiful. The almond extract is lovely in the crust.

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over 1 year ago gustus

My first-ever use of a fluted tart pan, imperfect but still a triumph that left all wanting more. I wish I had clicked through the slides how above for the tip to do the sides of the tart pan crust before doing the bottom. I did the bottom first and barely had any dough left for the sides. I know better now for next time, and there will be lots of next times. I'm also looking forward to trying this with other fruits. Pears are just starting to appear in stores...

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over 1 year ago leah_shelton_pucciarelli

I knew this would be good based on all the comments, but I was still blown away. Simple, quick, easy and delish! I had to make mine dairy free and nut free so I used margarine, soy milk and vanilla extract. I also used all canola oil, as I wasn't sure any of my olive oil would be mild enough. Perfect crust for our freshly picked peaches. Will make again will apples, pears and more...Easier than pie! Thank you!

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over 1 year ago Lorraine B

I have made many fruit tarts in the past but find that draining the fruit prior to adding the flour makes for less of a chance of a soggy tart. Great dessert.

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over 1 year ago Pat in SoCal

OK.... 2nd time... used all coconut oil...just for fun. Really EXCELLENT....can hardly wait for morning so I can have it for breakfast.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Peach tart and peach pie for breakfast reminds me of childhood. Thanks for your report back!

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over 1 year ago Deanna1006

ok after 5 tarts ran out of peaches! used your crust for a lemon tart also on this site, and it was great. This crust is just perfect with all tarts... I'm thinking apple next!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I've never used it for lemon -- thanks for the idea.

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over 1 year ago Anna Pieta

I feel ridiculous adding another gushing compliment to the long list of comments for this recipe but it was so excellent I just had to let you know what I think. I simply loved it and the crust is a gem. Used only veg oil but am looking forward to getting some light Olive oil to try it too. Thank you so much for sharing!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Always happy to read more happy comments -- thanks for taking time!

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over 1 year ago Mrs TODO

Love this recipe and so easy. Fool-proof crust and not too sweet -the fruit shined through. Made this for my husband's b-day and got lots of accolades. Looking forward to making this again!

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over 1 year ago witloof

I have probably baked this tart a hundred times since I read "Cooking for Mr. Latte." I have made it with peaches, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb, apples, and sour cherries. It's always wonderful. I've tinkered with the recipe, upping the amounts of almond extract and sugar in the crust and swapping out some of the AP flour for barley flour {really delicious}. I also use more butter and homemade vanilla sugar in the streusel.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Barley flour -- great idea!

Packynewscarf

over 1 year ago ChocolateDiva

Thank you for answering my question. I was going to ask about your results with apple.
I have made this several times with peaches....great recipe.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I've never tried apples -- witloof, let us know how yours have turned out!

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over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I've never tried apples -- witloof, let us know how yours have turned out!

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8 months ago witloof

Sorry, I just saw this now!!! I was sending the link to a friend and was wondering if I'd made a comment here. Yes, I have made it many many times with apples, especially in the fall when so many delicious varieties are available at the greenmarkets. I peel and slice them very very thinly and add some freshly grated nutmeg to the streusel. It's best not to use very hard apples like Granny Smith as they don't ever soften -- best to stick to Macs and other softer varieties. I also bake at 350 to give the apples a chance to soften and cook down. It's so wonderful that I will never make a two crust apple pie again!

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over 1 year ago Deanna1006

Love it! Made 3 times this week, lol first as written with olive oil, then next without , only using 1/2 cup veg oil (like you said your mom used) Took a poll and we like with only the veg oil. Can't wait to try other fruits.. Thanks for the recipe.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Like your rigorous scientific testing!

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over 1 year ago janeh

This is a great recipe! I have LOTS of peaches and wonder if the tart can be frozen? If so, before or after baking. Thanks!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I don't think the fully baked tart would freeze well. I haven't tried this but the unbaked, unfilled crust can probably be frozen; then just filled and baked when needed.

Packynewscarf

over 1 year ago ChocolateDiva

I have three of these in my freezer now. I froze them baked. One I cut into 4 or 5 pieces, so I took a little out at a time. I took it out shortly before I used and as of yet I have not taken the whole one out. I used them right away after taking them out and the quality of the product was excellent.

This is an excellent recipe, I have recently made the onion tart on this site and used the crust from this recipe.

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8 months ago witloof

I always bake a couple of apricot tarts in the summer and pull them out in November and December. They freeze perfectly.

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almost 2 years ago KateHL

I've made this tart a few times now and it turns out great every time! Love how the sugar carmelites around the edges of the crust. Great recipe, Amanda!

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almost 2 years ago Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

Amanda, I just have to tell you - I made this tart LITERALLY every weekend last summer, and am on a roll this summer as well. We love it with peaches, but our current favorite is apricots and raspberries. I make a row of raspberries as a border, and then arrange the apricots down to the the center. It's magnificent and absolutely delicious. My children are amazed that I can consume half the tart myself. In one sitting. Seriously. This is a wonderful addition to my repertoire and to my family's summer food traditions. THANK YOU!!!

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almost 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Wow! Glad you like it so much -- whenever I make it, we never have leftovers.

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almost 2 years ago PistachioDoughnut

Hi Amanda - Today I had prepared this tart for some family gathering..I must say it is the easiest and tasty tart. It was super easy...I loved the almond extract in the crust .
Thanks!

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almost 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Thanks -- glad it turned out well for you!

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almost 2 years ago Paterfelis

I have a peach tree and everything gets ripe at once. Have peaches on every flat surface in my kitchen and two frozen almond/vanilla tart crusts in my freezer. They call for blind baking since they I have been using them for Meyer lemon tarts, but will try them with this. Will let you know how it works out.

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almost 2 years ago nola2nooga

ok the peach man came around with his truck. What was I thinking when I bought a bushel of peaches??? Found this recipe and this is AMAZING! I had GINGER paste in a tube added 2 tsp in with the sliced peaches and a few shavings of fresh nutmeg. OMG this is awesome. I did cheat and use a pilsbury roll out pie crust b/c I didn't have alot of time FATHERS DAY HIT!

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almost 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Like your tweaks to the recipe. Next time, try the crust. Super easy and it really adds a lot -- very different from a butter/shortening dough!

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about 2 years ago Pegeen

This is one of the most forgiving, tasty recipes - what a keeper! I've made it twice in the last week to give to friends after testing it not long ago for my own family. I've used (peeled) Gala and/or Granny Smith apples tossed with a tablespoon or two of lemon juice, and have substituted vanilla extract for almond in the dough, and some melted apricot jelly brushed on top of the apple slices instead of the sugar crumb topping. Thank you so much for this winner, Amanda!

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over 2 years ago Nana n

Seems an easy recipe ! I just wanna know if the temprature of the oven "425 degrees" is in Celsius or Fahrenheit ??
thanks for the recipe :)

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Fahrenheit!

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over 2 years ago Katie

I just made this easy dessert and it was a hit! This will be a staple in our home. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Glad you liked it -- thanks for your note!

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over 2 years ago isac

my first recipe testing on food52. this is Great!!
I somehow used brown sugar instead of white sugar. Great flavour! however, the brown sugar made it not as pretty as it is shown here in picture. will try white sugar for the toppings next time

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over 2 years ago gmak4

This tart is amazing! Can't believe that something I made looks just like the picture and tastes even better!! This was my first experience with Food52 and I think we're going to become best friends!! Thank you --this is definitely a keeper!

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Great to hear this -- and welcome to Food52!

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over 2 years ago GSmodden

This was crumbly, warm, and delicious. Great and easy recipe.

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over 2 years ago mameybeatriz

Disappointing, not only because I trust Amanda's recipes, but because it tasted though and through of flour! Served side by side with a pie whose crust was made with butter (patricia wells), this pales in comparison. I chose this recipe because I had used all the butter for the other pie, but! I think that if next time I am missing a key ingredient, as in this case butter seems to be, then in the future I will prefer to go without.

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over 2 years ago ChefJune

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I haven't used apples yet, but I did use plums, and a combination of peaches and nectarines. I also made a leek and bacon pie using the crust.

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over 2 years ago mameybeatriz

Disappointing, not only because I trust Amanda's recipes, but because it tasted though and through of flour! Served side by side with a pie whose crust was made with butter (patricia wells), this pales in comparison. I chose this recipe because I had used all the butter for the other pie, but! I think that if next time I am missing a key ingredient, as in this case butter seems to be, then in the future I will prefer to go without.

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over 2 years ago ChefJune

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Just goes to show how differently the same recipe can turn out for different cooks. I fell in LOVE with Amanda's crust, and have used it since for every one crust pie and quiche I've made -- and will continue to do so. It's just TOO easy (and no floury mess from rolling out)!

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over 2 years ago cookingintheheights

guess it's a case of 'different strokes...' ChefJune....just curious - have you tried a variation using apple slices? does that work with this crust? am thinking of doing a version that adds in a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar to the topping...

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over 2 years ago ChefJune

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I haven't used apples yet, but I did use plums, and a combination of peaches and nectarines. I also made a leek and bacon pie using the crust.

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over 2 years ago drbabs

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I made it with pears, and put cinnamon and allspice in the topping. I thought it was great. I love how the sugar and butter in the topping form a shiny caramel.

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over 2 years ago BetsyLynnS

Just made this last night with Amanda's recipe using Italian Plums. Absolutely delicious and so easy. Loved it.

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over 2 years ago Robin O'D

I did too and we loved it! I used about 20 of these plums for the tart.

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over 2 years ago WriteEye

Made this 2 weeks ago and loved it...such a delicious crust, crisp and easy. This was such a hit my husband who does NOT cook asked me if I thought he could learn how. He made it with very little instruction from me and his was better than mine! So I have a question, for using apples do you use the same topping? They are not as juicy as peaches, just wondering how this works. Also a mention was made of tomatoes, goat cheese etc. How would you handle this kind of topping?

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

I finally made your tart -- it's so simple and delicious. It got rave reviews all around. It and your raspberry swamp pie are my two favorite desserts of the summer.

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over 2 years ago Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

I made a variation on this tart this weekend - a border of two rows of raspberries (tossed with a bit of cornstarch and laid on top of some grated green apple: thx hardlikelikearmour for the suggestion!) with peaches in the center. WOW. I am now officially addicted.

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over 2 years ago cookingintheheights

ok -i'm a total comment addict on this recipe...goin' on my third time...but robin's note about her 12 yr old reminds me of how many times i have felt like a KID playing in the sandbox when it comes time to press out the dough or rub the crumbly topping together and then shower it all over the tart. i've conscripted my boy to help at times, but he's not a big fan of the (baked) fruit desserts....however, for years, i've been telling all my friends to enjoy making this with their kids when i pass this recipe along.

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over 2 years ago Robin O'D

So good and easy! My 12 year old made most of the recipe including pressing the crust into the pan. I love such a forgiving crust!

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over 2 years ago melissav

I took this out of the oven at 4 and it was gone by 9. My husband and I were the only two people in the house all day. Somewhat embarrassing but it was that good. Note to self - only make again when expecting company...much too dangerous otherwise. :-)

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over 2 years ago PlainCheesecake

Just made this tart last night and it was a huge hit. I mixed canola oil and California Olive Ranch Every Day Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the crust. I can't wait to try this crust with a goat cheese, onion, and tomato recipe.

Also, I totally tried to peel the peaches beforehand, but admit that leaving them unpeeled is the way to go!

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over 2 years ago ChefJune

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The problem with unpeeled peaches is that the peel is totally indigestible. The gastroenterologist who saved my life 30 years ago told me to always peel peaches and apples, as they are very hard on one's digestive system, and literally rough their way straight through.

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over 2 years ago Phoenix Helix

I understand that people with digestive issues need to eat carefully in all areas of their diets, but for those of use with healthy digestion, the indigestible peel actually contributes to our health by providing necessary fiber in the diet. As always, there's more than one way to look at food.

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over 2 years ago witloof

I've made this tart probably a hundred or more times since reading about it in Mr. Latte and just made one for my niece a couple of days ago. I even have one in the freezer which I plan to pull out in December. I've done it with peaches, nectarines, apricots, raspberries/blackberries {using cornstarch in addition to the flour}, rhubarb, apples, and pears. I made one for my birthday last month instead of a cake.

Inspired by Smitten Kitchen, I substitute barley flour for half a cup of flour in the crust. It is nutty, warm, crumbly, and delicious. Thank you, Amanda!!!

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Wow, guys, thanks for all of your nice comments!

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations, Amanda! I made this over the weekend and it is amazing. Beautiful out of the oven, comes together in a snap, and SO delicious. The perfect tart! I love the almond extract in the crust.

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over 2 years ago Midge

Way to go amanda! I get a bagillion compliments every time I make this.

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over 2 years ago TiggyBee

Congrats, Amanda!! Yay, the gold trophy!!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Amanda, you did it!!! Finally ;-)

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, Amanda! I made this tart (again!) last weekend and added some blueberries. My family of 4 devoured it in one sitting. I look forward to trying the crust with some fall fruit.

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over 2 years ago cheese1227

Made three of these for three different events I went to on Sunday. Rave reviews everywhere! I did use nectarines (skins on) and some almond meal in the crust. The only debate centered on ice cream vs. whipped cream! Thanks and congrats.

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over 2 years ago ChefJune

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Way to go, Amanda! This tart is so beautiful and SO delicious. But the crust is the real present. Not having to roll out the pastry and turning out such a tasty one is worth hours of cleaning the kitchen! My holidays will be so much more pleasant. I plan to bake all my one-crust pies in this crust this year. ;)

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations Amanada, its a beautiful tart. I am making it today and can't wait to taste it,

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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This tart is nothing short of miraculous, love love love the crust. I have never put together a tart in so little time with such a perfect outcome. Genius recipe for sure!!!

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over 2 years ago katarinajack

used coconut oil (only), vanilla instead of almond. DELICIOUS! love the salty sweet delivery. new favorite peach recipe!

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over 2 years ago Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

I was wondering about coconut oil. That's great to know! Thanks for sharing.

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over 2 years ago darcyeden

This peach tart is fantastic! The olive oil gives it great flavor and the peaches really shine in this dish. The best part - so easy to make. Thanks for an excellent recipe.

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over 2 years ago cookingintheheights

So fun to follow all these comments and variations, etc. I've been making this tart since reading about it "Mr. Latte" -- along with dump-it chocolate cake (yum). And Amanda, I just started re-reading excerpts from same book and loved your confession as a self-styled 'kitchen nazi.' you've certainly come a long way since those days, as i think many of us totally love your videos with merrill where you both partner beautifully as you cook/bake/laugh and gently teach us new things...

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over 2 years ago MyGardenersTable

This is really a chameleon of a recipe, it is so incredibly versatile. I have made it countless times from Amanda's book over the years, not only with peaches. Today it made it with apples and 1 tablespoon of rum instead of almond extract and it came out wonderful.

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over 2 years ago David S

I just made this tart and it looks just as beautiful as your picture, however, it appears that my peaches have released a lot of extra juice and that the sugar topping has not really helped to coagulate the juices. I've put the tart in the fridge to see if that helps. Has anyone else had this problem? Could the peaches have been first been coated with corn starch, ground tapioca or flour to help congeal the juiciness?

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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The flour in the topping should help thicken it. The tart usually does look a little loose when it first comes out of the oven, however if yours doesn't firm up, I'd suggest adding an extra tablespoon flour to the topping next time.

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over 2 years ago Babcia

This is perfect made with summertime plums, especially if they are hard and tart!! I found an identical recipe on food.com recipe #224677. I've made it 4-5 times this summer! Rally good and simple.

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Thank you for letting me know. I published this recipe in one of my books in 2003. And my mother learned the recipe from a friend a few years before that. Will check out the food.com version.

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over 2 years ago mainecook61

I made it. It was easy. It was delicious. Didn't have an 11 inch pan so used a 10 inch. Whipped cream is the way to go, too.

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over 2 years ago Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

Just made this tonight and it's wonderful. Even my kids devoured it which is saying a lot. I wanted a dairy free version so I used almond milk instead of the whole milk, and substituted margarine. It was perfect. Thank you for a new favorite!!!

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over 2 years ago kristinnicholas

Made this this afternoon and it is delicious. I added 1/3 cup of ground almonds to the tart dough and it made it a little crunchy. Will definitely make again. Thank you.

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over 2 years ago cheese1227

Oh my. I just this afternoon was wondering what an addition of almond flour would do!! So glad I know the answer now....

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over 2 years ago favabean

Made this earlier this week. We loved it. The olive oil in the dough was a revelation. Jacques Pepin's mom's tart has a similar no-roll hand pressed method to the crust to her apple tart but this one takes the cake (or tart).

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over 2 years ago Vicki Yeager

This peach tart is the best I've ever made. I followed the instructions to- the- letter, only thing I had to do was broil for 2 min to ensure a good browning ... could possibly be my oven. I used an 11 inch tart pan and could have used a 10 inch. But, it was absolutely wonderful. Am making it tomorrow for a gathering of friends. So 2 times in 1 week. Awesome!

YUM,YUM, YUM ...It was devoured by 3 teens and 3 adults after a full dinner of turkey meatballs,spaghett with Marcella Hazen's tomato sauce, salad, heirlooms tomatoes with buratta mozrella and basil.

Thank you Amanda for such an easy and rewarding peach dessert.

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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So glad you liked it -- love the full, detailed report!

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over 2 years ago jmddc

Love the no-roll pastry! Will be trying this out over the weekend with my farmers market bounty of peaches.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

I've made your peach tart from Cooking for Mr. Latte a number of times and love it! The crust is one of my favorites. This variation just went on the menu for the weekend. Thanks for sharing it!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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This looks wonderful Amanda! I love the shower of crumble over the top of the tart. A tart and a crisp all in one - what more could a person want?

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over 2 years ago BettyAnnQ

What a delightfully easy recipe ! You mean I do NOT need to take off the peel? Are you serious? Ok, taking out the tart pan and getting to work right now ! Thanks for sharing..hope mine comes out as delicious as yours looks!

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over 2 years ago sweetE

Waiting for it to cool down right now. Nice change up from our cobbler.

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over 2 years ago Ellen S

I vote for this one. Granted, I'm a purist, and though I haven't seen Merrill's recipe yet, I love the way this one lets the natural peach flavors shine through. Simplicity is often best.

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over 2 years ago Midge

Your Mr. Latte version with peaches or plums is my standard summer pot luck contribution and is always a huge hit. Look forward to trying out your new tweaks.

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over 2 years ago jbban

I love NOT peeling peaches!

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over 2 years ago cookingintheheights

Have been making this for years and it's a huge hit every time. My fam's favorite variation uses nectarines and blueberries. Especially fun to engage little kids in this one because they can help massage the crumble with glee ! I think I got this from "Mr. Latte," right?

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over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Yes -- it's in that book. I think I call for all olive oil in that version, and peel the peaches, so I've tweaked it a little. Sounds like you have, too! Thanks for sharing your variations.