Pine Nut Tarte

IMG_5397IMG_5400IMG_5408I’m not sure about you, but it’s getting very hot where I live. The summer has nearly arrived here in Dubai, which almost means no more gardening, picnics, or any outdoor activities. This is why we are really enjoying our last few days outside, spending time in our garden with the smell of Frangipani tree, Jasmine flowers and a flavorful mint tea (with fresh mint from my garden).

For this week’s Fiesta Friday # 116 I’m bringing a sweet and delicious Pine Nut Tarte made with almond cream and pine nuts on the top. Simple, delicious and looks like Amandine Tarte. I love serving this tart with my flavorful North African mint tea! I hope you will like it!

Thank you to our host Angieand to our wonderful co-host’s this week Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Cynthia @ eatmunchlove!

Serves: 8/10 slices

Ingredients: (for the crust/pâte sablée)

  • 300g of plain flour/all purpose flour
  • 125g of soft butter
  • 100g of icing sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 egg
  • 25ml of water


  1. In a bowl add the flour, the salt, the lemon zest and the icing sugar, (you can do the same procedure with a food processor).
  2. With your fingertips, start to mix the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the butter and mix until combined.
  4. Add the egg and mix until the dough becomes assembled.
  5. Slowly add the milk and mix until it holds a perfect ball (maybe more or less milk depending on the quality of the flour and the size of the egg).
  6. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes remove the dough from the fridge.
  8. Grease a deep tart pan.
  9. Roll your dough between two big sheets of parchment paper.
  10. With a rolling pin, flatten the dough and make a circle shape, the size of your tart pan.
  11. Peel off the parchment paper from one side of your plastic wrap, flip the dough over the tart plate and slowly remove the other parchment paper.
  12. With a fork, poke the bottom of your dough and set aside.
  13. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.

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Ingredients: (for almond cream)

  • 100g of soft butter
  • 80g of caster sugar
  • 100g of almond powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of pure almond extract
  • 250g of pine nuts
  • Icing sugar

Procedure: (for the filling)

  1. In a medium bowl add the butter.
  2. Whisk very well.
  3. Add the sugar and continue to whisk.
  4. Add the first egg and continue to mix.
  5. Add the second egg and mix until all the ingredients are well combined together (soft and creamy).
  6. Finally, pour the almond extract and then the almond powder.
  7. Pour the almond cream on the top of the tart.
  8. Add the pine nuts on the top (c0ver the entire surface).
  9. Bake for 45 minutes (more or less depending on the oven) or when the crust is golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow cooling for 30 minutes.
  11. Dust with icing sugar.

I suggest you serve this tart with a sweet North African mint tea and some roasted pine nuts on the side! 🙂

Bonne dégustation!

PS: Almond cream is not a frangipane cream. A frangipane cream is a mixture of almond cream and crème patissière!

Also, here are some pictures of my garden!



50 thoughts on “Pine Nut Tarte


    I’ve never seen pine nuts like that Linda. Regardless, the tarte looks yummy especially with that almond cream. Lovely flowers and mint or lemon balm? It is beautiful here in Michigan – only in the 60’s but everything is coming alive. Thanks for sharing with us – you not only brought a nice dessert but a little bit of what your garden looks like.

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you so much Judi for your kind words. We are lucky to have a lot of varieties of nuts here in UAE and at reasonable prices too. The first pic, is mint (smell so good) in my garden and in my cuisine too. Thanks for co-hosting this week FF and have a nice week! 🙂

  2. sarahjmir

    As someone who spent the first twelve years of her life in the middle east you have my deep sympathies – summers can be quite brutal! this tart though is a thing of beauty and i’ve pinned it to make in the future!

  3. Nancy

    I purchased a new tart pan at least 6 months ago and have yet to use it…thank you for providing the perfect recipe for it’s first use! The tart looks wonderful, Linda. The photos of your garden/flowers are stunning!

  4. Loretta

    ….and what a treat you’ve brought us today Linda. Your desserts are just irresistible! Loving the ingredients in this tart and as a lover of all things “in the garden”, I just love the pop of color, do post some more pictures of your beautiful garden. I’ve dedicated a section on my blog to gardening too and can hardly keep up now with everything coming into life again. You have my sympathy, I hope you can survive those brutal summers, I thought ours was bad. 🙂

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you so so much for your sweet comment Loretta. I will try to post more pictures from my garden. I have a lot of trees and shrubs. We use sand here as a soil. Flowers are very fragile to grow under this climate. Vines are beautiful here, just amazing. Have a beautiful day! 🙂

  5. Laura @ Feast Wisely

    Looks lively Linda – hopefully in Dubai you can pick up pine nuts relatively cheaply – they are so expensive here! And I know what you mean about the Dubai heat – our last visit was early June and the temperature was over 45 degrees!

    • lapetitepaniere

      Merci beaucoup Stefan. I’m lucky to have nuts at reasonable price here, they are on sale everywhere and they are used so much in Middle Eastern Cuisine. I hope you’ll give it a try! 🙂

  6. Gather and Graze

    Gorgeous tart Linda – I can just imagine the flavour! Interested to learn that almond cream is different from frangipane- might need to go back and rename a post of mine 😳 Loved seeing a few photos of your garden too, such beautiful flowers. M.xx

    • lapetitepaniere

      Merci beaucoup Margot. I discovered by hazard the difference between almond cream and frangipane. Ah, la cuisine française 😀 Love flowers too, gardening is so relaxing. Have a nice day! 🙂 xx

  7. Angie | Fiesta Friday

    Love the tart recipe and the garden pics as well! My daughter would absolutely love that tart. She has a habit of eating my pine nuts right off the package as soon as I buy them, and before I can say enough, she’s already polished them off 😄 What are the purple flowers? They’re stunning!

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you SO much Angie. I’m glad you liked it and you should definitely try this tart for your daughter 😀
      The purple flowers are called “sky flower”, I agree with you they are just beautiful! 🙂 xx

  8. Margherita

    Hard to chose between this cake and the flowers of your garden… ideally I wish I could have a slice or two of this pine nut cake while I am sitting in your garden!

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