This promises to be an amazing dessert. It just needs... something. I'm not sure what that is, yet. But I'm happy to keep working on it. Meanwhile, I made this as part of an almond tart bake-off, the other recipe being a Maid of Honour tart.
I didn't want to be trapped in the house with 6 of these things (“Danger, Will Robinson!”), so I reduced the recipe to create only one, and within that reduced the total sugar by 1 tablespoon. It worked nicely. Making these small batches, it helps to have a variety of miniature kitchen tools. I mixed everything for this in a mini, 1-cup food processor. The measuring spoons I used are tiny; the largest, the dash, is about equal to 1/4 teaspoon, or 16 drops of water. The pinch spoon equals 10 drops, and the smidgen spoon 6. A mini whisk and mini spatula complete the collection. I was, however, missing the mini tart pan. What I used instead was really a 4.5-inch ceramic pie pan. The tart wouldn't release from it, but I thought it worked well anyway, though it was a little deep for the filling.
The instructions call for "spreading" the filling. My filling was so liquid, it would have evened out on its own. I thought it must be too thin, so added another 2 teaspoons of almond flour to thicken it up just to the point that I would have to lightly spread it out in the crust. (It's so easy to get the measurements off when reducing to such small proportions.) I probably shouldn't have, as the final product was just a wee bit dry.
Here's what I used:
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate
about 1 teaspoon heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 350°F. To make the crust, beat together the sugar, butter, salt, and extracts. Add the flours, stirring to make crumbs that cling together when squeezed. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of six 4 1/2" mini tart pans (or a full-size tart pan; see tips, at left); prick them all over with a fork. Freeze the crusts for 15 minutes, then bake them until they're just beginning to brown on the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool while you make the filling.
To make the filling, beat together the butter, salt, sugar, flour, and extracts. Beat in the egg, then add the almond flour, stirring just to combine. Spread the filling into the crust. Bake the tart for 18 to 24 minutes, until the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan.
To make the glaze, gently heat the chocolate and cream together until melted and stir thoroughly. (Adjust cream quantity until chocolate is of a dribbling consistency.) Spoon into a plastic bag, cut off the tip, and squeeze decoratively onto tart.
Conclusion: Delicious. I liked this very much. It was a little intense; but I wouldn't add ice cream, or even whipped cream, as I think the delicate almond flavor would be lost. Maybe a little vanilla custard would do. A little more chocolate would have been nice, too.
Recipe: Almond tarts via King Arthur Flour