Even though it’s so hot outside and most of us don’t feel any need to switch the oven on, there are times when it is worth doing and this is one of them. We already showed you how much we like summer fruits in all their varieties here so we just had to include some delicious “home-made” cherries and apricots in today’s recipe. Plus the touch of lemon in the pastry (extremely easy and no need to knead) guarantees a very refreshing flavour.
For the pastry:
225 g butter at room temperature
100 g icing sugar (a little more if the fruit is not very ripe)
Grated rind of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
200 g plain flour
110 g cornflour
1 pinch of salt
For the filling:
Chopped up nuts
Apricots, cherries or any other sweet summer fruits in fine slices
Mix the butter and sugar well. Add the lemon, vanilla, salt and bit by bit the flours until you get a mixture that is not too dense.
Distribute it into the baking tins, shaping it with your fingers. Leave it to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Place the nuts and dried fruits on the base and add a little bit of honey if you want to make it sweeter. This time I made some tarts with walnuts, some others with almonds and I also mixed cherries and apricots. Cover with the slices of fruit and sprinkle with a little sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes at 180º C. Once cooled, you can decorate them with icing sugar, honey or more nuts.