this month's daring bakers challenge was a dessert i've never had before. the only almonds that i've had in my tarts or pies have either been flaked or in marzipan form. that said, i liked the texture of the frangipane! i couldn't find almond meal here in denmark so i got some whole almonds and gave em a whirl in the coffee grinder.
the optional element in this challenge was the filling. i chose a package of sweetened azuki bean paste that my mom thoughtfully sent with me on one of my visits. i thought this went pretty well with the almondy flavour.
however, i can't say i was a fan of the crust. it was a little too savoury and dry for me. maybe if it had come out better, i would have been happy with this dessert. yes, it's true. there are sweets out there that i don't go all googly-eyed over. although it looked very nice and the dane ate nearly half of this tart, i don't think i'll bake it again.
no regrets! with each challenge i learn more and more about baking and the process is becoming easier and i don't sweat bullets when it comes time to touch some dough. (;