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Marzipan tarts

Time25 minutes
YieldsServes 4
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These marzipan tarts combine raspberries and rhubarb. The strong almond flavor of the marzipan adds an accent to the sweet-tartness of the fruit, and the sugar in the filling can be increased or decreased according to the fruit’s sweetness.

From the story: Sticking up for rhubarb (it’s time)

Crust

1

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork until the crust is crumbly. Sprinkle the water over the flour mixture. Stir with a fork until the dough comes together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Separate the dough into 4 parts. Roll out one part of the dough on a lightly floured surface into a round to fit into 4-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Topping

1

Combine the flour, sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and marzipan, and work into the dough with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Set aside.

Filling

1

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2

Combine the sugar, flour, rhubarb, raspberries and lemon juice in a bowl. Gently stir until combined. Divide the filling among the tart shells.

3

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the top of each. Place the tarts on a baking sheet and bake about 30 minutes until browned and bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool to warm before serving.

From Donna Deane.