Off-Roading Amanda Hesser's Peach Tart

May  6, 2019
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  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

I off-roaded Amanda Hesser's peach tart by making some changes that were inspired by yet another recipe using peaches that I love. I added some of the spices that Emily and Melissa Elsen used in the Paprika Peach Pie in The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. The amounts are quite small, since I adapted to the smaller recipe, they are literally just a pinch of each one, and the change in taste is subtle, but delicious. I also included some vanilla extract, since I am a huge fan of vanilla and reduced some of the sugar, because I like my desserts a little less sweet. Lastly, I used a 9-inch tart pan simply because I don't have an 11-inch one and used all the filling to make it a little thicker, just the way I like it. —Michi

What You'll Need
  • Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Filling and Topping
  • 2.5 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup and 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 and 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • Pinch allspice
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Whisk together the oils, milk, and extracts. Pour this into the flour mixture and mix gently, be careful not to overwork. Then, transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan and press in. Trim and discard excess dough.
  2. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the butter. Pinch the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss the peaches with the 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the spices.
  4. Arrange the peaches in concentric circles over the pastry. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool on a rack before serving at room temperature or warmed up.

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Lynn July 27, 2021
A question: the text and the method mention "spices", but only allspice is named in the ingredients. Is this an oversight?