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July 17, 2008

Rustic Nectarine Tart

So I had ever intention to follow this recipe…but I got sidetracked…was making dinner and then I just winged it. I figured that I read the recipe enough times to know what the heck was going on. So here’s what I ended up with:

fresh outta the oven...glazed with jelly

Turned out wonderful! Tasted great! Looked pretty!

mixing the sugar

working with the pastry dough

Here is my half-assed attempt at giving you the recipe.

Rustic Nectarine Tart

Ingredients:

-1 sheet of Trader Joes puff pastry (package comes with two sheet- i think they are 8oz. each)
-4 nectarines (I had some leftover…so it might be 3)
-1/3 cup of sugar-plus a few teaspoons full
-2 tablespoons of seedless raspberry jam
-1 egg (beaten)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Take puff pastry out of freezer. Put it on your counter for about 15 minutes to warm to room temperature. Once it’s warm enough, peel off one of the two sheets of pastry. Place sheet on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a rectangular shape. Trim off the edges so you have a clean straight line. With a small knife, lightly score a 1 inch border around the entire rectangle. Make sure not to go all the way through to the bottom. Poke holes in the middle of the pastry with a fork. Brush egg wash over the entire puff pastry. Pop in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

3. While pastry is baking, cut up nectarines into small slices. Toss with 1/3 cup of sugar. Use less if the nectarines are super sweet. Put nectarines in a microwave and zap for 1 minute. Toss. Then zap again for another minute. They should be less firm..slightly cooked….a bit soft. But not TOO soft and mushy. I put them in the fridge until the puff pastry was done.

4. Layer the nectarines on the partially baked pastry. If the middle has risen, push down to flatten with a fork before you put the fruit on top. Add a little sprinkle of sugar on top of the nectarines. Bake in the oven for 10 more minutes.

5. When the tart is done, heat up your raspberry jelly in the microwave (I zapped it for 30 seconds-until it was thin & runny). Lightly brush jelly over the nectarines with a pastry brush. It will give it that shiny smooth glaze!

6. Cut tart into pieces (I made this into 4 generous portions). Add a dollop of whipped cream…or top with ice cream. MMM.

hello my little slice of heaven!

creeeeeeammmmy

Here’s the rest of the meal I made for this weeks Project Runway (IT’S ON!!!) dinner:

girls night this week

closeup of my plate-healthy!

Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Rice Pilaf, Salad with almonds & feta, and a spicy pepper & corn hash!

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  • Stephanie

    Looks so delicious!!

  • Patricia Scarpin

    Well, nothing makes fruit more delicious than puff pastry. 🙂

  • ELK

    You are amazing…and so are nectarines!

  • Lisa

    Hi! I found this linked from Craftzine.com and I just tried it out tonight. Being a novice tart baker, my nectarines were a little over done and the pastry a little underdone. I would definitely try this again, but next time I’ll have the pastry and nectarines about 85% done before putting it all together. Thanks for the recipe! It was super easy.

  • Tracy

    thanks for trying it Lisa! Maybe my microwave isn’t as powerful? And my oven is? At least you know what to look out for next time 😉

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