Connecticut Peach and Almond Tart

Serves four

  • 2 ½ cups native peaches, peeled, pitted, diced ¾-inch 
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. almonds
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • Phyllo dough sheets
  • 1/3 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Prepare filling by combining the peaches and then sifting the sugar and cornstarch over the fruit. Toss to coat evenly and reserve.

Prepare almond filling by placing the flour, almonds and sugar in a coffee grinder or food processor. Grind until the almonds are the texture of coarse cornmeal. Reserve.

To assemble, lay one sheet of phyllo dough on the work table. Lightly brush butter over the entire surface of the sheet and place another sheet over it, smoothing.

Butter half of this sheet and fold over, making four layers. Butter half of this sheet, folding over to make eight layers. Repeat with the other three tarts.

To fill, divide the almond, sugar and flour mixture among the four tarts at the center of each and spread out to about 2 inches in diameter. Divide the peach fill ling, placing it on top of the almond mixture.

Now, gather up all the edges around the fruit to create an open-faced tart. Lightly brush the dough with any remaining butter and place tarts on a rack set over a cookie sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the fruit is tender and the phyllo is deep golden brown. Let it cool for 20 minutes and serve with whipped cream, ice cream, etc.

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