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Honey Custard Tart with Bee Pollen

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Willamette Valley Honey’s mellow flavor and floral notes make it an excellent choice for this custard tart. If you’ve never made custard before, don’t be intimidated! The process is straightforward and the results are worth it. This crust happens to be gluten free and the almonds add a robust nuttiness that stands up to the honey. Bee pollen makes a beautiful garnish here, but feel free to top with flake salt, chocolate shavings or roasted pears.

See notes below to make a chocolate & banana version!

Makes one 9” tart or four 4” mini tarts

INGREDIENTS

Crust
1 cup raw unsalted almonds
1/2 cup oat flour or ground old fashioned oats
1/2 almond flour
⅓ cup butter, melted, slightly cooled
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon Jacobsen Pure Kosher Sea Salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Filling
2 cups whole milk
½ cup Bee Local Willamette Valley Honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks
¼ teaspoon Jacobsen Pure Kosher Sea Salt
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold butter
Bee Local Bee Pollen or Jacobsen Pure Flake Salt for finishing

PROCESS

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Pulse almonds, oat flour, almond flour, sugar, butter, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor until almonds are coarsely ground. You’re looking for small, oat-sized pieces of almond.

Firmly press crust mixture into bottom and up the sides of a 9” tart pan or divide among 4 small tart pans. Bake until crust is golden brown and smells toasty, 20–25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool.

Mix egg yolks and cornstarch in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine milk, honey and vanilla extract in a medium heavy bottom saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Once the milk has come to a simmer, slowly drizzle the liquid over the egg mixture, whisking continuously. You do not want to scramble the eggs.

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until the custard comes to a gentle boil. Stir frequently to prevent lumps. Once the custard has thickened, pour the filling into the prepared tart crust(s).

Place plastic wrap directly on top of the filling to prevent the tart from forming a film on top. Let cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator to set completely, at least 2 hours.

Remove tart(s) from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before topping with desired garnish and serving.

*To make a banana chocolate version of this tart, add banana slices to the bottom of the pre-baked crust before adding the custard filling. Let the custard set, then add a second layer of banana slices (if desired). Spread whipped cream over the bananas and top with chocolate shavings or chocolate chips.

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