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French Walnut Tart
2¼ hours 20 minutes active, plus cooling
This simple tart comes from the Perigord region of France, an area known for its walnuts. A cookie-like pastry shell is filled with the rich, subtly bitter nuts and buttery caramel. Our version tones down what is often cloying sweetness with a small measure of crème fraîche and a dose of cider vinegar (you won’t detect it in the finished dessert). Whole-wheat flour in the crust plays up the earthiness of the walnuts. To toast the nuts, spread them in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 325°F until fragrant and just starting to brown, about 8 minutes, stirring just once or twice; do not overtoast them or they will taste bitter. The dough-lined tart pan can be prepared in advance; after the dough has firmed up, wrap tightly in plastic and freeze for up to two weeks. The tart is superb lightly sprinkled with flaky sea salt and accompanied by crème fraîche or unsweetened whipped cream.
For the tart shell:
grams (⅔ cup) all-purpose flour
01Heat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the lower-middle position. Mist a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Line a rimmed baking sheet with kitchen parchment.
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Unfortunately, I do not have crème fraiche available to me right now. Would I be able to use another type of cream, or a combination thereof? I have access to Half n Half, Heavy Whipping Cream, Ricotta Cheese, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese.
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Given the eggs yolks in the caramel, can anyone share if leftovers will need to be refrigerated? Realizing this is different than a pecan pie, I do typically refrigerate leftovers of that type of pie. Thanks!