There are a lot of reasons to love summer in New York City, not least among them the abundance of perfectly ripe peaches at the fruit cart right below my apartment. At two for a dollar, I had no excuse not to make tart this three times in the span of as many weeks. After all, it combines so many of my favorite things: Fresh peaches! Roasted pistachios! Buttery tart crust that actually doesn’t shrink! And of course, there’s the fact that it looks like a bright yellow flower blooming on a field of pistachios.
I’m late to the game with this recipe–peaches have only just disappeared from the fruit cart–but you can bet that as soon as they’re back, this tart will be, too.
Tart Crust(adapted from David Lebovitz)
- Preheat the oven to 410º F / 210º C. Grease a 9” tart pan with a removable bottom with butter or baking spray.
- Add the butter, oil, water, sugar, and salt (not the flour!) to a medium-sized ovenproof bowl, such as a Pyrex. Mix slightly with a fork. The mixture will be lumpy and not at all homogenous; this is expected.
- In a separate bowl, measure out the flour.
- Place the bowl with the butter in the oven. Bake until the butter bubbles and starts to brown on the edges, 10-20 minutes. Keep a close eye on the oven during this time.
- When you see specks of brown around the edges of the bowl, carefully remove the bowl from the oven. Quickly dump in the flour and stir until the mixture forms a uniform ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Using a spoon, scoop out a 1-inch ball of dough and set it aside for step 8. Press the remaining dough into the greased tart pan using a silicone spatula or your hands. The crust will be pretty thin. Once the dough has cooled sufficiently, use your thumb to press it up the sides to a height of about 1 inch.
- Using a fork, make prick marks all over the bottom of the crust.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom and sides (a browned crust is a flavorful crust!).
- Take the tart out of the oven. Don’t be alarmed if there are cracks–that’s what the reserved dough is for. Pinch small amounts of dough between your fingers and reinforce the cracks. It’s fine if you don’t have enough to patch it up entirely, as the filling is dense and won’t leak.
- Allow the crust to cool to room temperature before filling. If necessary, you can speed up this process by transferring it to the fridge or freezer.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C.
- Pulse the pistachios, flour, and sugar in a food processor until they reach the texture of coarse sand. Add the cubed butter and continue pulsing until combined. Finally, add the egg and continue running the machine until incorporated. If you’d like a greener filling, add a drop of green food coloring and continue pulsing until uniform. Spread filling evenly across the base of the cooled tart crust.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the peaches into quarters, then into 1/8” (3mm) slices. Overlap the slices on top of the pistachio filling to create a large ring around the very edge of the tart, flush with the crust. Repeat with a smaller ring in the middle of the tart, leaving a 1-2” gap between the rings. Finally, take a few very thin slices and nestle them together in the center, peel-side up, to form a flower shape, as in the photo below.
- Place the tart on a baking sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the pistachio filling comes out clean.
- Move the tart pan to a rack and cool to room temperature. If you’d like, you can speed this up in the fridge or freezer. If not serving immediately, cover the pan with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge for up to 3 days, or to the freezer for longer storage (see tips).
- When you’re ready to eat, squeeze the yuzu or lemon juice into a bowl, then brush over the filling for a final burst of brightness. Gently push the tart up out of the pan and cut into slices using a serrated knife. For an extra flourish, serve à la mode with a scoop of honey or pistachio gelato.
- A natural alternative to food coloring: Naturally, the pistachio filling will be more brown than green. If you’d like a greener filling but don’t want to use food coloring, blanch the pistachios in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and rinse under cool water until room temperature, then remove the skins from the pistachios by squeezing them between your fingers. The more skins you remove, the greener your filling will be.
- Freeze it: This tart freezes surprisingly well, making it a great dessert to stash away for a rainy day. Simply slice the tart and transfer the individual slices to a freezer-safe tupperware. Defrost in the fridge or at room temperature and brush with yuzu just before serving, as the flavor of citrus juice dissipates with time.
- Pistachio shopping tips: In the spirit of laziness, I always buy my pistachios shelled. My local Costco sells large bags of shelled pistachios for a very reasonable price, but I’ve heard that Trader Joe’s has them, too. If your pistachios are unsalted, add an extra 1/4 tsp of salt into the filling to compensate.
- Do I really need yuzu? Lemon will do in a pinch, but I urge you to get yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit), if you can. It’s almost passè these days, but its distinct flavor is really lovely in this tart. When in season, fresh yuzu fruit can be found at Japanese grocery stores. Failing that, bottled yuzu juice is available year-round at grocery stores and on Amazon.