Sunday, July 29, 2012

Turkish Delight, Date and Almond Tart


The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very centre and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C S Lewis 

Yesterday was a bitter, cold, wet day in Melbourne.  The sun only feebly made an appearance a couple of times, and even when it did, the warmth was minimal.  It was however a good day for baking - an activity which allows you to stay inside, be busy, and warm up the house.

 I have been coveting a Turkish Delight, Date and Pistachio Tart that I saw in The Age a couple of weeks ago.  You can find the recipe here.  I finally got around to making it yesteday, and I have to admit, I am in love with this tart.  It comprises a shortcrust shell filled with date frangipane and topped with Turkish Delight and nuts.  I substituted chopped almonds for the pistachios because that is what I had in the house, and couldn't justify buying any more nuts.  Isn't the colouring of this tart beautiful: 



It looks like an exotic gemstone, and to me, tastes like heaven.  I adored this tart and would make it again in a heartbeat. I am a Turkish Delight  and Mad Men fan, just like the author of this recipe, although the sound of her Turkish Delight sandwich makes me queasy. All I can say is skip the "sandwich" and make the tart - I think you'll love it.

Hope you all had a good weekend! 

12 comments:

Johanna GGG said...

gorgeous tart and that plate is so pretty - but I agree I'd prefer the tart to the turkish delight sandwich

The Caked Crusader said...

Beautiful - it looks jewel encrusted!

yummychunklet said...

What a colorful tart! I bet the bits were very tasty.

Kayte said...

I didn't even know what Turkish Delight was, but I do now. This looks beautiful and indeed lovely color on all of it. YUM.

Susan said...

Oh that sounds gorgeous! Pity hubby hates turkish delight. Probably not a good idea to make it just for me!

Kari said...

Ohh...how amazingly gorgeous and what a magical combination of flavours. I am not a huge turkish delight fan but in this form I know I would be keen.

Guru Uru said...

A perfect tart filled with everything one could love :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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Lauren said...

I'm definitely keeping this in mind for Christmas! I can imagine this would be perfect for a chilly (hopefully even snowy) day.

Juliana said...

Like the ingredients in this tart...especially the Turkish delight with almond...
Have a great week ahead :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

You're right, with the greens and pinks, it really does look beautiful! :D

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

What a beautiful tart! I've never seen turkish delight in a recipe before but I absolutely love it! Definitely one to bookmark for a dinner party!