Almond Pistachio Tartlets with Apricots
- 1/2 cup oats, gluten-free
- 2 1/4 cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup melted coconut oil or butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pistachios
- 1 cup apricot jam
- 8 ounces dried apricots
- Whipped cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat one large or six mini tart pans with oil.
- Place oats in blender and blend until turned into a powder. Place in a medium-sized bowl and whisk in almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Stir together melted coconut oil or butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice and eggs. Add the flour mixture. Scoop the dough into the tart pan and place on a cookie sheet. Cover well with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours.
- Bake for 13-17 minutes. Cool 30 minutes on a cooling rack.
- Pop tarts from pans, and brush with apricot jam to glaze. Top with cream, apricots and additional pistachios.
Herbs, Blooms and Fruit
At this time of year, I love watching the color change from brown to green—the budding trees and small peaks of flowers coming up from the cold dormant ground. What better way to celebrate spring than with a tea garden gathering? Put on a warm pot of tea or coffee, delectable fruit-filled desserts and set your table with boxes in a mix of potted herbs, berries and spring blooms.
- Place two plastic cups of dirt and plant small plants of herbs from your local greenhouse/hardware store on each end of the box.
- Fill the center of the boxes with a small wet block of green foam from your hobby store.
- Add branches, blooms and flowers from your gardens or grocery store.
Your tables will be filled with the aroma of herbs like lavender and basil. Sprigs of mint, pansies and sweet peas tied off with twine and a name card on each plate adds a personal touch, making your spring tea gathering memorable. It’s a perfect way to welcome in spring.
Flowers/Paper product – Victorian Gardens, VictorianGardens.com
Plates/Flatware/Napkins – West Elm Kansas City
Settee – Brossie Belle, BrossieBelle.com
Venue – The Stanley Kingston Room, TheStanleyEventSpace.com
Pastries – Rachel Ciodas, ThisOneBite.com