Contrary to popular belief, almonds –not peanuts – are the most popular nut in world. Almonds are also extremely good for you. They are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, fiber, and most of the vitamins, as well as being the biggest barriers against cardiovascular disease and diabetes. I like to use that fact to justify eating more than one piece of this tart in one sitting. In this almond paste tart, plums and almonds work together in harmony, bringing sweetness and tartness in every bite. Partially prebaking the tart crust allows the tart to stay soft when being served, while the crust itself will be golden brown and baked to perfection.
My nephew is staying with us this week and is enjoying my home cooking. His mom, my sister, is an amazing cook and was influential in teaching me how to cook especially using herbs and spices. However, she is a working woman with a very active son who has something on his schedule every night of the week, so she gets home from work and has to rush off to one practice or another and doesn't have much time to spend preparing a home cooked dinner on most evening. I don't get to play mom too often and I have time during the day to prepare a meal, so I have really enjoyed making dinners for him the past few days. We've had turkey, pork chops, and enchiladas, so far, and I plan to make roasted chicken and manicotti before he goes home.