Chamomile-Peach Tarts

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  • Servings: 12
Chamomile-Peach Tarts

Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

Source: Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

Peaches

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried chamomile blossoms (from 10 to 12 tea bags)
  • 3 ripe peaches, halved and pitted

Crusts

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 8 teaspoons chamomile tea (from 8 bags)

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Fresh chamomile flowers (unsprayed), for serving

Directions

  1. Peaches: Bring 6 cups water, sugar, and chamomile blossoms to a boil in a medium pot, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil gently until reduced slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 1 hour. Strain out solids, then return liquid to pot and return to a simmer. Add peach halves and cover with a parchment round. Let simmer 3 minutes, then remove from heat and let peaches cool completely in liquid. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

  2. Remove peaches from liquid, peel, and cut each half into fifths. Pass liquid through a fine sieve and measure out 1 1/2 cups. Return peaches to remaining liquid. Transfer 1 1/2 cups liquid to a pot; bring to a boil and reduce until syrupy (about 2 tablespoons), about 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

  3. Crusts: Meanwhile, combine butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks, then flour, salt, and tea; mix until dough just starts to come together. Dividing evenly, press dough evenly into bottom and up sides of two 4-by-13-inch rectangular tart pans with removable bottoms. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake crusts until golden brown, pressing down centers of tarts if puffing up, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

  5. Filling: Stir together sour cream and sugar in a bowl and spread in bottom of crusts, dividing evenly. Remove peaches from liquid and blot dry. Dividing evenly, arrange peaches over filling; drizzle with reduced syrup. Serve immediately, topped with chamomile flowers.

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