Blood orange honey-glazed five spice tart with almond cream

INGREDIENTS:
makes one 9″ tart

for pastry:

  • 260 grams AP flour
  • 1 1/2 tspn five spice powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 7 Tbspn butter, cold and cut in pieces
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3-4 Tbspn cold water

METHOD:

  1. Using a food processor or pastry cutter, mix the flour, five spice powder, and sugar until combined. Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the size of small peas.
  2. Add the egg yolk and gradually add the water just until a dough begins to form when you press it between two fingers. Do not overmix.
  3. Form the pastry into a ball and refrigerate for at least one hour. (or stick it in the freezer for a shorter amount of time.)
  4. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.
  5. Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and press the dough into the tart pan. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork, cover with parchment paper, and weigh down using dry beans or pie weights. Return to freezer for a few minutes if the dough has softened.
  6. Bake for ~13-15 minutes until the edges just begin to turn golden. Remove the beans and parchment paper and continue to bake for 3-5 minutes more, until the crust has completely turned golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

for filling:

  • 8-12 small or medium thin-skinned blood oranges, in 1/8″ thick slices
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar

METHOD:

  1. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Add the orange slices to the boiling sugar water and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the pith turns translucent. Be careful not to overcook the oranges because they will become mushy.
  3. Strain and remove the orange slices from the liquid. Reserve 2 Tbspn of the liquid. Lay the orange slices out on a wire mesh rack to drain and cool.

for glaze:

  • 2 Tbspn orange candying liquid, reserved from oranges
  • 1/4 cup honey

METHOD:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the reserved liquid and the honey. Simmer for about 3-5 minutes, skimming off any foam that rises to the top.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. The mixture should be syrupy.

for almond cream:

  • 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbspn powdered sugar
  • dash of almond extract

METHOD:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the chopped almonds and 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream to a simmer. Remove from heat, cover tightly with a lid, and let cool. Continue to let the cream steep, covered, in the refrigerator until cold, preferably overnight.
  2. Strain out and discard the almond pieces from the cream. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream.
  3. Whip the cream just until you reach soft peaks (I like mine extra soft for this purpose.) Gently stir in the powdered sugar and almond extract.

To assemble the tart, layer the orange slices in the cooled tart shells, brushing the honey generously on each layer. Serve with almond cream.

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