Toasted Almond & Caramel Tart

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Chef Land O Lakes

1 cup sliced almonds, ground*
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold Land O Lakes® Butter, cut into chunks
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

3/4 cup caramel apple dip
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted*

Combine ground almonds, flour, powdered sugar and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg yolks; mix until well moistened. Press dough into bottom and up the sides of ungreased 9-inch tart pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350°F. Prick bottom of crust several times with fork. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Meanwhile, combine caramel apple dip, whipping cream and vanilla in 2-quart saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture is smooth and heated through (3 to 4 minutes). Stir in toasted almonds. Remove from heat; pour mixture into partially baked tart shell. Continue baking for 20 to 22 minutes or until entire surface is bubbly. Cool 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Substitute chopped pecans.

Recipe Tips
- Serve with scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream; drizzle with caramel apple dip.

- To grind almonds, use a blender or small food processor.

- To toast almonds, spread 1 cup sliced almonds onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 350°F. oven for 4 to 5 minutes or until just beginning to brown.
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