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.