Bergamot, sweet memories – Apple tarts with bergamot and raspberry jam
La bergamote, souvenirs sucrés – Tarte aux pommes, à la bergamote et confiture de framboises
I didn’t want to feature another dessert, but it was just impossible due the circumstances and to the encounter with an amazing citrus. I found the wonderful bergamot at my favorite store, which I never thought it was possible to find in the US. I am infatuated by bergamot scent and deeply in love with it. I just want to bathe in its scent and rub its peel all over my body.
Bergamot is quite famous in Nancy, my hometown… bergamot candies made with bergamot oil are a symbol of the city and the recipe is impossible to find, it’s somehow kept secrets among local “confiseurs” (specialists in making confiserie which include candies or any specialties made out of fruits, sugar or any sweet ingredient). They also make bergamot soaps that smell ridiculously good, you just want to eat them.
Bergamot scent is a pure delight, but very few eatable products contain that flavor, only Earl Grey tea, and some bergamot jam you can find locally in Nancy. Bergamot is mainly used in perfumes, scents, essential oils, for healing purposes, etc.. and I am wondering why its use in cooking is not that popular, since its a citrus that looks like a big lemon with a smell and flavor that is pure delight. I know in some Moroccan dishes they used preserved bergamot instead of lemons, but that’s the extend of its use in the culinary world.
It ‘s very easy to get addicted to bergamot once you taste it, so be careful to not sink into it and turn into a bergamot junkie, like I am.
These tarts are superb, flavorful, citrusy, a tiny tarts and slightly bitter but so “parfumées” it’s like eating your favorite perfume in a mouthful. Imagine your eating your favorite Chanel or Dior perfumes…Besides, there’s little sugar, so they’re very light. I used a standard mixed flour crust whose recipe you can find here. You have to try bergamot, but the side effects are dangerous, you might develop a strong addiction to it.
Ingredients for 10 tartlets
For the crust, recipe here
For the filling
- 1 bergamot juice and zest
- 6 medium apples, peeled and sliced
- sugar (to taste)
- 2 tbs raspberry jam
For the crust follow recipe.
In a mixing bowl, mix apples slices with juice of one bergamot and zest. Add sugar. Mix well and let it infuse for about 2-30 minutes.
Roll crust and cut in about 10 cm diameter circles. Remove slices from bowl, drain and kee the juice. Set the juice aside. Place apples slices on the dough circles. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 370F for about 30 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let it cool but keep lukewarm.
Add raspberry jam to the bergamot juice you saved. Mix well to obtain a smooth mixture. Place one tsp of raspberry/bergamot mixture on top of the apples. Serve lukewarm.
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