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Almond Squares

Almond Tart is a staple at my grandparents for every party/celebration. The recipe that my aunts use is more of a cake than a tart. But I wanted to try something knew and as it turns out a tart base is just as good. 
This tart contains extraordinary amounts of butter and a crunchy top. It's great on it's own or even better when accompanied by some vanilla ice cream. The recipe is from Cozinha Tradicional Portuguesa.


Ingredients

For the dough:
  • 200g (1+2/3 cups) flour
  • 100g (a little less than 1/2 cup) butter
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 2 eggs 
For the filling:
  • 100g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 100g (a little less than 1/2 cup) butter
  • 125g (4.4oz) pealed and slivered almonds
  • 0,5dl (a little less than 1/4 cup) milk

Instructions

For the dough:
Sift the flour to your counter top. Add the sugar and make a well in the middle. Add the eggs and the butter cut into small pieces. Work the dough for a bit until all the ingredients are mixed.


Place the dough in a tart tin and bake in the oven at 200ºC (390ºF) until it turns golden (~15 minutes).


Let it cool down a bit while you make the filling.

For the filling:
Mix the almonds with the sugar, the butter and the milk in a pan. Bring to a boil and keep stirring until it thickens. Spread on top of the base and place in the oven at 220ºC (430ºF) until it turns golden.  


Let it cool down before removing from the tin. Serve as a tart or cut it into squares and serve with some vanilla ice cream. 



For a print friendly version visit this recipe at my Recipes page.

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