This brown butter peach tourte came out better and bigger than I’ve expected. The caramelized brown butter makes for a fragrant tourte. Furthermore, I made the fillings with over two pounds of ripe yellow and white peaches. No wonder it tastes so fantastic. The tourte is big and impressive looking; it looks like it’s about to explode. But it’s kind of a controlled explosion — following the contours of the peach fillings. Once it gets into the oven, the dough springs and creates wavy undulating folds over the sugar-sparkled crown. I have not seen that with most fruit tourtes. Thumbs up, for sure. This tempting and great-tasting tourte surpasses what I’ve seen or bought in bakeries anywhere.
It’s never quite as straight forward in making the sweet tart dough, even though I’ve made it a few times. It is the same dough as the one used in the cherry crumb tart and the Philadelphia blueberry-corn tart. I like to think of it as the “1-2-3 sweet cookie dough,” mixed with approximately 1 part confectioners’ sugar, 2 parts butter, 3 parts all-purpose flour, plus one egg yolk. This time, I’ve found the dough to be on the crumbly side. Maybe I’ve left it in the fridge a tad too long. So take a deep breath and handle the dough with care.
Everything is pulsed and mixed in the food processor. I made twice the recipe amount of Dorie’s sweet tart dough for both the shell and the crust. I guess it’s worth the extra time given how awesome this tourte looks. After chilling in the fridge for a few hours, the dough is ready to be shaped. The bottom crust has to be partially baked ahead of time. Next, make the brown butter peach fillings. Then position a circle of the sweet tart dough over the bottom crust. Bake the brown butter peach tart for about 45 minutes in a 400°F oven.
Next time, I’ll put a foil ring around the rim of the brown butter peach tourte so that the whole tourte would bake more evenly. Mine turned out a little burnt around the edges. Dorie does warn us that the thick rim has a tendency to get dark. She is right!
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Brown Butter Peach Tourte & Sweet Tart DoughPrint Recipe
- For the filling:
- 2 pounds (907 grams) ripe but firm peaches
- 3 tablespoons (1½ ounces; 43 grams) unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- Tiny pinch of fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or a drop of pure almond extract)
- Juice of ¼ lemon (or to taste)
- Sugar, for dusting (sanding sugar, if you’d prefer)
- Sweet tart dough for one 9-inch crust:
- 1 1/2 cups (204 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon (9 tablespoons or 128 grams) very cold (or frozen) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 large egg yolk
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
To make the filling: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Have a large bowl of ice cubes and cold water nearby.
Cut a small X in the base of each peach. Drop a few peaches at a time into the boiling water, leave them there for 30 seconds and then lift them out with a slotted spoon and drop them into the ice water. When they are cool enough to handle, slip off the skins. If you’ve got some hard-to-peel peaches, you can boil them for a few seconds more or just remove the remaining skin with a paring knife.
Dry the peaches, cut them in half, remove the pits and cut each peach into about a dozen chunks. If the peaches are small, cut fewer chunks; the tourte is best when the pieces are about an inch on a side. Put the peaches in a bowl.
Put the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and allow it to melt and then bubble. Stay close to the butter as it boils, and when it reaches a light caramel color, pull the pan from the heat. You may see some small dark brown spots on the bottom of the pan, and that’s fine; for sure you’ll catch the whiff of warm nuts. Wait a minute or two, then pour the butter over the peaches. Add the sugar, flour, salt and vanilla and gently stir everything together. Finish with the lemon juice, tasting as you go. I prefer the juice to be a background flavor, but you might want it to be more prominent, and, of course, the amount will depend on the sweetness of your fruit.
To assemble the tourte: Put the tart pan on the lined baking sheet. Give the filling another stir and scrape it into the tart shell, smoothing the top. You should have just enough filling to come level with the edges of the crust.
Remove the circle of dough from the refrigerator and let it rest for a couple of minutes, just until it’s soft enough to maneuver without cracking. Brush the edges of the tart shell with water, then position the circle of dough over the crust. Press the rim of the tourte with your fingers to glue the two pieces together and then, pressing on the rim as you go, cut the top circle even with the edges of the pan.
Use a knife, the wide end of a piping tip or a small cookie cutter to remove a circle of dough from the center of the tourte—this is your steam vent. Brush the surface of the tourte lightly with cold water and sprinkle it generously with sugar.
Bake the tourte for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is deeply golden brown and, most important, the butter is bubbling. If you think the crust is browning too quickly—the thick rim has a tendency to get dark—cover the tourte lightly with a foil tent. Transfer the tourte, still on its baking sheet, to a rack and allow it to cool until it’s only just warm or at room temperature before serving. As it cools, the buttery syrup will be reabsorbed by the peaches, which is just what you want—so don’t be impatient.
SERVING: Whatever you serve with the tourte—vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (I like the tang of yogurt with the sweet peaches), softly whipped cream or even more softly whipped crème fraîche—don’t let it cover the top of the tourte – it’s too pretty to hide.
STORING: You can partially bake the bottom crust up to 8 hours ahead and you can have the top crust rolled out and ready to go ahead of time, but the filling shouldn’t be prepared ahead. The baked tourte is really best served that day. If you’ve got leftovers, refrigerate them. The crust will lose its delicateness, but the tourte will still be satisfying.
TO MAKE THE SWEET TART DOUGH: Put the flour, confectioners' sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to combine. Scatter the pieces of butter over the dry ingredients and pulse until the butter is coarsely cut in — you should have some pieces the size of oatmeal flakes and some the size of peas. Stir the yolk, just to break it up, and add it a little at a time, pulsing after each addition. When the egg is in, process in long pulses — about 10 seconds each — until the dough, which will look granular soon after the egg is added, forms clumps and curds. Just before you reach this stage, the sound of the machine working the dough will change — heads up. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and, very lightly and sparingly, knead the dough just to incorporate any dry ingredients that might have escaped mixing.
TO PRESS THE DOUGH INTO THE PAN: Butter a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan, using all but one little piece of dough, which you should save in the refrigerator to patch any cracks after the crust is baked. Don't be too heavy-handed — press the crust in so that the edges of the pieces cling to one another, but not so hard that the crust loses its crumbly texture. Freeze the crust for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer, before baking.
TO PARTIALLY OR FULLY BAKE THE CRUST: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Butter the shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil and fit the foil, buttered side down, tightly against the crust. (Since you froze the crust, you can bake it without weights.) Put the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake the crust for 25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil. If the crust has puffed, press it down gently with the back of a spoon. For a partially baked crust, patch the crust if necessary, then transfer the crust to a cooling rack (keep it in its pan).
TO FULLY BAKE THE CRUST: Bake for another 8 minutes or so, or until it is firm and golden brown. (I dislike lightly baked crusts, so I often keep the crust in the oven just a little longer. If you do that, just make sure to keep a close eye on the crust's progress — it can go from golden to way too dark in a flash.) Transfer the tart pan to a rack and cool the crust to room temperature before filling.
TO PATCH A PARTIALLY OR FULLY BAKED CRUST, IF NECESSARY: If there are any cracks in the baked crust, patch them with some of the reserved raw dough as soon as you remove the foil. Slice off a thin piece of the dough, place it over the crack, moisten the edges and very gently smooth the edges into the baked crust. If the tart will not be baked again with its filling, bake for another 2 minutes or so, just to take the rawness off the patch.
STORING: Well wrapped, the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months. While the fully baked crust can be packed airtight and frozen for up to 2 months, I prefer to freeze the unbaked crust in the pan and bake it directly from the freezer — it has a fresher flavor. Just add about 5 minutes to the baking time.
PLAYING AROUND: Sweet Tart Dough with Nuts has a slightly more assertive flavor than Sweet Tart Dough, but you can use the two interchangeably. For the nut dough, reduce the amount of flour to 1¼ cups and add ¼ cup finely ground almonds (or walnuts, pecans or pistachios).
Adapted from Everyday Dorie https://doriegreenspan.com/recipe/baking-chez-moi-brown-butter-peach-tourte/