Apricot season is quite short here in NY, so when you see them in the market or at the grocer, it’s best to grab them while you can. While I am a little late in my purchase, these apricots were still okay though not sweet and somewhat bitter.
This crumble is incredibly easy to make and the result is impressive. I am always a bit skeptical using a spring form pan (have not had much luck with them- they always leak!) but it worked out perfectly with this crust. I should have added a touch more sugar to my fruit, (tasting is important!) as it was a bit tarter than I normally would have liked. I know that in French baking, it is more important to taste the fruit than something sugary sweet, but here, a tad more sugar would have helped the fruit loose a bit of it’s bitterness. But once paired with the ice cream, it was perfect! Not another thing was needed.
And honestly, the ice cream is the very best part of this dessert. It really takes this fruit crumble to another level and it is so much better than serving the tart alone. Before I started, I did read all about using apricot kernels and while they do produce a toxin, you would have to eat quite a lot of them before any damage would be inflicted. They taste very much like almonds and once combined in the base of the ice cream they lend a wonderful nutty aroma and flavor to the dessert. Since this ice cream recipe calls for so many kernels, and the crumble uses about half the amount of apricots needed, you could make only a half a batch of ice cream as I did.
Overall, this one is a keeper. The crust and the crumble were fantastic. The ice cream is a stand out and I think next time I make this crumble tart, peaches and blueberries would also work well in the mix. And, I’ll be sure to taste the fruit before baking!
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Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) says
Hmmm you *might* have sold me on the ice cream… though I am not a fan of almond flavoured things generally. I agree that this tart would be splendid with other fruits and yes, this crust was so easy!
That is such a lovely tart, and the ice cream looks so creamy. I made this tart earlier in the year when
I was expecting Tricia and her hubby for dinner but I didn’t make the ice cream. This is a very tasty dessert
and you can’t go wrong with David’s tart crust.
I never got to make the ice cream, but have the pits saved in my freezer. I am looking forward to it. Your tart looks gorgeous!
Gorgeous tart! I was a bit nervous about the tart crust in a springform, too, but it baked up perfectly. I suppose if I used a juicier fruit, I’d put a parchment-lined pan underneath, but David’s crust recipe is impressively resistant to leaking (without being tough!). As for the ice cream, I only got 14 kernels from my 2 lbs of enormous apricots, so I’m saving them up for next year in the freezer. I do want to try the ice cream – everyone who made it has loved it.
Your tart looks like the one in the book. Nice job! I would like to try the ice cream at some point. My fruit was huge, so I only had 8 pits, not enough for even a half batch of ice cream. There’s always next summer!
So glad to hear the ice cream worked out for you…I was thinking about making a half batch myself but wasn’t sure if it would be enough. Are you considering making the tart again with another kind of fruit?
I think this tart would work very well with peaches, blueberries or even apples. Anything with a crumb topping! The ice cream was very good!
I did not make the ice cream but maybe one day i will go for it. On the other hand, I would make this tart again ! Loved the crumble and the crust too!
Looks beautiful and glad you liked the combination of flavors! xx
Thank you! It was really delicious!
mary H hirsch says
Glad you tried and made the apricot kernel ice cream. This tart was not sweet even without the apricots you used. I used sweet cherries and it was not a sweet tart. I liked that. And, I especially liked the crumble that I will use as a topping on other pastries. Glad you think this is a keeper. Me, too.
lisa brown says
I agree, the recipe does need either more sugar or the ice cream. I had the tart alone and it definitely needed “something else”