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Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart

Posted by kumquat
November 10, 2015
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Break away from pecan pie this Thanksgiving. This Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart recipe is as easy to make as it is impressive.

Break away from pecan pie this Thanksgiving. This Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart recipe is as easy to make as it is impressive.

(Disclosure: As co-founder of Blog Brulee, I was compensated by California Almonds through their sponsorship of the event.)

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~by Regan Jones, RD
images and recipe by Gretchen Brown, RD

Success Takes Planning. 

That's what I took away from Blog Brûlée this year. 

In case you missed it, we hosted the 2nd annual Blog Brûlée earlier this fall in a return visit to Smugglers' Notch. Here's a recap of what some of our speakers and attendees said after the event:

Mom's Kitchen Handbook - Katie Morford
Fannetastic Food - Anne Mauney
Healthy Seasonal Recipes - Katie Webster
Sweet Cayenne - Whitney Reist
Sinful Nutrition - Emily Cooper
Nutrition Starring You - Lauren Harris-Pincus
Sinful Nutrition - Emily Cooper
Mom's Kitchen Handbook - Katie Morford
Lean Green Bean - Lindsay Livingston
Twellman Nutrition - Sally Twellman
Simple Cravings Real Food - Vicki Shanta Retenly
Craving Something Healthy - Anne Danahy
24 Carrot Life - Katie Oberwager
Eats Real Food - Alanna Waldron
The Nutritious Kitchen - Selena Sharpless
Nourished Simply - Jennifer Lynn-Pullman
Amee's Savory Dish - Amee Livingston
Robinsbite - Robin Plotkin

 

Each blogger took away a little piece of inspiration to move forward in their blogging careers. But my perspective -- now two years into the process of planning and executing this event -- is very simply this:

Success Takes Planning.

(It takes a lot of hustle, yes, but also a lot of planning.)

The women who recounted the gains they've made in their blogs all talked about having a plan in mind -- whether it's giving fellow moms something to cheer about on Facebook, planning a pinning schedule that maximizes content exposure and repurposing, longterm alignment with like-minded brands on Instagram to foster tagging and cross-promotion, the list goes on and on. Our speakers were diverse in their approach to blogging, but each had this in common -- they didn't stumble into their success. They planned for it. 

Today's post is devoted to one of my favorite partners here on Healthy Aperture, California Almonds. It was when they first shared information at Blog Brûlée about the role planning plays in ensuring snacks are more nutritious that the light bulb went off for me.

Success Takes Planning

But beyond simply helping people plan for healthier snacking, California Almonds has embarked on a much larger initiative to help plan for the future of agriculture in the state of California. You've likely heard about the dought in that state and predictions of the impact it will have on California agriculture -- a farming system that affects each and every one of us, no matter where we live. 

Rather than relying on existing farming practices and reactionary models to deal with what many believe is a looming crisis, California Almonds is partnering with Sustainable Conservation, marking the first concerted effort to increase groundwater recharge on farm land used to grow almonds. 

Did you catch that? 

Planning to ensure that whatever groundwater is available is utilized to its fullest potential. 

In a busy world where we're constantly problem-solving, running behind and reacting to problems, we're reminded that whether it's as seemingly small as planning what you'll eat for a snack when 3:30pm hunger strikes or planning to maximize the natural resources we're blessed to enjoy for farmland, Success Takes Planning

Thank you to California Almonds and all the sponsors of Blog Brûlée 2015 for making this year's event another sucessful reality! ~Regan

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As you are planning (<-- see what I did there) your Thanksgiving menu, this Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart by Blog Brûlée Co-founder Gretchen Brown is a must make! As a tart, it looks terribly impressive, but is actually quite simple to make.   

Break away from pecan pie this Thanksgiving. This Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart recipe is as easy to make as it is impressive.

Break away from pecan pie this Thanksgiving. This Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart recipe is as easy to make as it is impressive.

Break away from pecan pie this Thanksgiving. This Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart recipe is as easy to make as it is impressive.

Break away from pecan pie this Thanksgiving. This Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart recipe is as easy to make as it is impressive.

Break away from pecan pie this Thanksgiving. This Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart recipe is as easy to make as it is impressive.

Honeyed Caramel Almond Tart

Yield

Serves 12-16

Ingredients

  • 280 grams almond flour (about 2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup honey, divided
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 cup whole almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine flour, 1/3 cup honey, coconut oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; stir well.
  3. Press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
  4. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool.
  5. Combine 1/3 cup honey, sugar, corn syrup, cream, and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk, until mixture has boiled to become a golden-brown.
  6. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  7. Quickly pour mixture over a bowl of whole and sliced almonds; stir quickly to coat and transfer mixture to prepared crust, spreading quickly and gently with a spatula.
  8. Bake tart at 350° for 15 minutes or until fragrant and golden. Allow to cool before serving. 

Click for nutritional information
Calories 306
Carbohydrates 23.7g
Fiber 3.8g
Sugar 16.8g
Fat 22.4g
Protein 6.6g
Sodium 115mg
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Gretchen F. Brown, R.D., is the author of the GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN Feature on HealthyAperture. She is also the founder of Kumquat Blog, a gluten-free blog devoted to the belief that gluten-free food can and should be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious enough for everyone. She recently authored a cookbook, Fast & Simple Gluten-Free, featuring fresh and classic favorites in 30 minutes or less. Gretchen has worked in the test kitchens and photography studios of Oxmoor House and is now a freelance recipe developer, food stylist, food writer, and food photographer. She has been gluten-free for several years, as a result of a lifetime of stomach pains and health problems. A military spouse for nearly 13 years, she lives with her husband, son, and two daughters in Upstate New York.
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