This Raspberry Almond Tart is the courtesy of my friend Karen who loves to bake. It is the combination of two recipes, the Italian Almond Tart and the famous Linzer Torte. A tasty, rich and buttery nut flavored pastry with a succulent raspberry filling. There are different versions of a Linzer Torte and apparently it might be the oldest cake in the world. You can read more about it here.
Karen used toasted almonds and toasted hazelnut which I think is a great combination. The nutty flavor is marvelous. Many recipes will call for blanched almonds and toasted hazelnuts. My friend Karen said, that she prefers to toast both nuts because she finds the dough easier to manage and richer. Or you can easily buy toasted almonds. The crust of a Linzer Torte may also vary in color depending on whether the almonds are blanched or toasted. The crust will also vary if the nuts are whole or sliced.
An Almond Tart is usually made like a sandwich or like a tart with a layer of strips covering the tart. For this recipe, no strips were used. (I am glad because the process is a bit lengthy) To make the process a bit easier a good quality raspberry preserved is recommend as well as a good almond paste. The dough is easily made using a food processor. I am not sure how we can survive without these useful kitchen gadgets.
I would suggest to use tart pan with removal bottom for this recipe because it will easier to serve. You can find tart pans at most kitchen stores. I would also suggest to choose a pan that is sturdy and don’t waste money on cheap versions. You want a pan that will last you for a while as you intend to become the best baker ever. 🙂
The recipe makes one 10-inch torte. Read the recipe before you go shopping to make sure that you understand the steps. Preparation time will vary depending on how you prepare the dough. It is the perfect sweet for a holiday gathering, simple gathering, or a just because dessert when you want to feel special.
Adapted and modified directions, Raspberry Almond Tart from Martha Stewart and Williams Sonoma – Italian Almond Tart