ffwD: Caramel-Almond Custard Tart

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I’m finally back on track with French Fridays with Dorie, and what a dessert to come back to! This delightful treat was the perfect balance of sweet, buttery crust topped with creamy caramel custard and toasted almonds. I felt like I was eating a soft cookie version of a bear claw pastry, but with caramel custard thrown in!

I was worried about making the caramel custard from scratch since my previous attempts at homemade caramel sauce have resulted in hard-as-glass shards. I almost chickened out and followed Dorie’s Bonne Idee of skipping the caramel cream and using vanilla and almond extracts instead. However, I’m glad I gave it a try as it was definitely worth the intense caramel flavor boost in the tart. It also helped that Dorie warned that seizing might occur and would melt away with the heat. This is definitely a repeat dessert.

This caramel-almond custard tart was made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

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66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tastytreats13
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 17:43:54

    Oh how tasty! This sounds absolutely delicious!

  2. Mary
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 18:31:44

    That looks absolutely gorgeous – this is SO up my alley!! simply delicious πŸ™‚
    Mary x

  3. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway)
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 18:34:14

    That looks gorgeous!
    I would love some right now with my morning coffee. Well done!

  4. bakeawaywithme.com
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 19:29:00

    So glad you enjoyed this one! It’s a keeper for sure! Yours looks beautiful!

  5. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 19:33:15

    Welcome back! Your tart looks perfect. And isn’t it great when you make a successful batch of caramel? I think I have about a 50-50 record…but this was a winner πŸ™‚

  6. Monica
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 19:35:24

    Looks really serious – in a really good way! : )

  7. nana
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 19:47:04

    That is a beautiful looking tart. great job and it looks so delicious.

  8. betsy
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 20:02:09

    I wasn’t sure about this one before I made it either. I’m nervous around molten sugar. Looks like it was successful in the end.

  9. apuginthekitchen
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 20:10:38

    What a beautiful tart! You did a really fantastic job, well done!

  10. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 20:29:50

    I wouldn’t even attempt caramel Yummy. It sure looks like you nailed it! What a gorgeous custard tart.

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    P.S. Will you be joining us for the Pasta Party?

  11. Fae's Twist & Tango
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 20:39:06

    A perfect looking tart. I’ll imagine I had a cut. πŸ˜›

  12. Adriana @ GreatFood360Β°
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 21:15:18

    Bear claws! It’s been forever since I’ve had one. I like the different comparisons I’ve read about for this dessert. Makes me wish I didn’t have such a contentious relationship with tart doughs!

  13. Amy Andrews
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 22:47:01

    Nice one!

  14. teaandscones
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 23:29:07

    It was really good, wasn’t it. And easy enough to make often.

  15. laurasmess
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 23:30:24

    This looks DELICIOUS. Perfect pastry, gorgeous custard and crisp almonds on the top. I definitely need to try this, yum!

  16. EmilyC
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 23:43:27

    Delicious colors!

  17. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 02:27:14

    Delicious little tart. Great combination of flavours.

  18. milex
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 05:15:18

    that’s just beyond everything!

  19. Gloria
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 05:20:06

    Looks so gorgeous!!!! I’d love to taste it!
    xoxo

  20. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 05:47:04

    Yours looks great! In addition to actually baking the shell next time I need to put my almonds on top of the custard like everyone else seemed to do – looks so pretty!

  21. ivysew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 07:28:41

    This is very yummy especially the caramel πŸ™‚

  22. Sharon
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 07:29:31

    This looks so good! I’d love to try this! I baked brownies last night πŸ™‚

  23. Ameena
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 08:11:03

    Bear claws…talk about a blast from the past! Anything that references a bear claw sounds good to me. πŸ™‚

  24. Linda
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 08:16:38

    You definitely described this so well….makes me want to get that recipe and make it!

  25. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 09:52:12

    It sounds so good and looks amazing!

  26. Jenn and Seth
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 10:49:01

    gorgeous tart!

  27. daintymeetsME
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 11:26:43

    wow, looks yummy

  28. Hotly Spiced
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 17:27:07

    That tart looks really good. xx

  29. Betty
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 19:13:05

    This sounds like a luscious dessert. πŸ™‚

  30. Guyla
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 19:30:41

    Looks absolutely delicious! The caramel cream is worth the effort isn’t it? Yours looks like it came out perfectly.

  31. thebakingyear
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 21:06:02

    This looks unbelievable!! A perfect treat for fall

  32. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 22:58:27

    Damn, what a luscious delicious sweet bites!

  33. Three Well Beings
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 23:33:30

    I know what you mean about the “glass shard” caramel. I made it one time and I think somehow I actually ended up with peanut brittle without the peanuts! But try, try again. This is just wonderful. Your description of it tasting like a soft cookie version of a bear claw definitely reeled me in! πŸ™‚ Glad you’re back on track!

  34. cquek
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 00:46:53

    Totally my kinda of dessert.

  35. Sharon
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 04:50:46

    Thanks for your sweet comment πŸ™‚

  36. Amanda Chic
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 06:00:13

    Lovely dessert

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  37. My Kitchen Stories
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 06:29:55

    The perfect combination

  38. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 07:13:58

    imo, caramel is ALWAYS worth the trouble, and this tart sounds out of this world! You’re back on track and I completely lost it, lol! But I need to make this recipe for sure.

  39. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 08:21:16

    What a great recipe to come back on! This looks like a perfect dessert for the upcoming holiday season.

  40. The Foodie Affair
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 10:36:33

    Your tart looks delicious! Bear claws are my favorite, so I know I would love this, especially with the added flavor of caramel!!

  41. kitchen flavours
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 11:05:42

    This looks seriously delicious!

  42. Anita Menon
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 13:33:29

    looks perfect and oh-so-delicious! YUM

  43. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 14:10:01

    Mmmm – your tart looks yummy:)

  44. Carolyn Jung
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 16:28:04

    A cookie version of a bear claw? If that description doesn’t have all of us salivating, I don’t know what will. I’d kill for one right now, too. πŸ˜‰

  45. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 17:18:32

    Absolutely beautiful tart – I could easily take a slice of this! πŸ™‚

  46. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 17:32:02

    Caramel has been a favorite of mine since childhood. I am a bit frightened to try to make this delectable tart because of your own bad experiences making caramel. Any advice?

  47. andi winslow
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 18:25:20

    Its beautiful and sure it tasted great……………andi

  48. Cher
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 19:20:32

    Yes, the caramel made this dish!
    Welcome back

  49. Alice
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 19:51:46

    I almost omitted the caramel too! But for me, it would have been a lack of energy for the effort it takes to make caramel… πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you went through with it! Wasn’t this one delicious??

  50. Mary Hirsch
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 21:28:04

    What a great Post. Looking at your tart, which is beautiful, I can understand your your enthusiasm for this week’s recipe. Nice job.

  51. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 23:01:22

    Wow, just beautiful! I wish I could have a slice πŸ˜‰

  52. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 23:16:55

    Dorie is such a clever chef.. and I’m so glad you were brave enough to try the caramel again, I think it looks like the perfect touch!

  53. Raymund
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 01:20:39

    Wow look at that tart! I so wanna grab some slice

  54. TrafficDiva
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 05:08:53

    That’s a great looking tart!! Welcome Back Tart!! =)

  55. alanna
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 07:54:58

    “soft cookie version of a bear claw pastry”… sounds like heaven!

  56. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 11:43:58

    This tart is calling out my name!! Love it and hope you had a great weekend!

  57. squishymonster
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 12:16:35

    This looks faaabulous!

  58. anecdotesandapples
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 22:09:45

    You can’t go wrong with almonds and caramel, can you? Looks so good!

  59. Culinary Flavors
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 02:19:48

    This tart looks amazing!

  60. Nilu A
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 03:40:19

    Wow! Your tart looks absolutely wonderful and droolworthy dear πŸ™‚

  61. Cakelaw
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 04:29:20

    I agree – this is definitely a repeat. Your tart looks fab!

  62. Amanda Chic
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 10:30:21

    Yummmy

  63. Natalie
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 11:04:16

    Turned out very lovely!

  64. saucygander
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 14:53:15

    This looks fabulous!

  65. trevorsisboom
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 15:39:12

    I finally got mine in yesterday and yes, I was happy to know in advance that my delicious looking caramel would seize up like that! Now I need to get back into the FFwD routine.

  66. Shikha la mode
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 19:31:30

    I LOVE CUSTARD TARTS. This is fantastic!

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