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Recipe

EASY, HONEST, TART

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire



Ingredients

CRUST:
1/4 c ground almonds
1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c flour
1 large egg yolk
1 t pure vanilla
1 t almond

FILLING:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 T sugar
2 T Amaretto liqueur
1 t pure vanilla
1/2 t almond


APRICOT GLAZE:
1/2 c apricot preserves
1 T butter
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 T Amaretto liqueur

TOPPING:
3 or 4 C fresh or canned fruit
(Your choice. Strawberries, kiwis, bananas, mandarin
oranges, pineapple, peaches, blueberry, raspberries)
Sliced almonds (optional)

Directions

In food processor or mixing bowl, combine crust ingredients, almonds, butter, sugar and flr. Add yolk and extracts. Blend until dough holds together. Press into bottom and sides of 11" tart pan w/ removable bottom. Bake at 375° for 15 min or until golden brown. Cool. Can be made one day ahead.

Mix all filling ingredients until smooth and spread evenly on cooled crust. Chill until firm, about 30 min.

In small saucepan, mix all glaze ingredients over low heat until hot. Cool. Set aside. Orange marmalade may be substituted for apricot preserves.

Arrange fruits in a circular sunburst pattern on the filling 1-2 hours before serving. Brush fruit w/ glaze. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top. Serve in wedges, slightly chilled or at room temperature. Makes 12 servings.

I first enjoyed this beautiful dessert when my cousin, Sue, served it in Denver in 1996. Her busy life as physician's wife, mom, avid tennis player and serious biker also found time to entertain friends. Add to that her amazing artistic bent, she designs her own high-end jewelry now, and you have a woman who doesn't pretend to spend much time in the kitchen! But she serves up really good fare!

When I raved about this recipe, I knew she meant it when she said, "Easy, easy, easy!" The fact that it doesn't taste easy and makes a stunning presentation, makes it also easy to impress your guests, while saving you time in the kitchen!






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