This delightfully easy recipe works as a base for many fresh fruit toppings, berries, stone fruits, pears and tropical mango or passionfruit. It’s a cross between a light cake, a friand and a tart. It keeps well and can be served as a fruity afternoon tea or a luscious warm dessert with whipped cream or custard.
- 3 egg whites
- ¾ cup icing sugar, sifted
- ¼ cup self-raising flour, sifted
- 100g butter, melted
- 70g ground almonds
- ½ tsp vanilla paste
- 1 pear, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 nectarine, cut from the stone and sliced
- ½ cup blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line the base of a 20cm fluted tart tin and spray the sides with nonstick baking spray or brush with plain oil.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy and white. Stir in the sifted icing sugar and flour, then fold in the butter, almonds and vanilla.
- Spoon into the lined tart tin and smooth. Decorate with the finely sliced pear and nectarine, in a circular pattern, and dot with the blueberries. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and set in the centre. Serve with whipped cream and extra berries.
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About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author