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Apricot Macadamia Nut Tart

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Servings: 12
Categories: Chocolate / Desserts / Pies & Pastries

Ingredients:

For Cocoa Pastry--------------
1 1/2  cups  flour
2/3  cup  butter, softened
1/4  cup  brown sugar, packed
2  tablespoons  cocoa
1    egg

For Tart-------------------
8  ounces  dried apricots
3 1/2  ounces  macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
1/3  cup  sugar
1/4  cup  butter, melted
1/2  cup  light corn syrup
1/4  teaspoon  salt
2    eggs

For Chocolate-dipped Apricots-----
1/4  cup  semisweet chocolate chips
1  teaspoon  shortening
12    dried apricots

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 400F. Mix all pastry ingredients until dough forms. Press firmly and evenly against bottom and side of ungreased 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set.

2. After baking pastry, heat oven to 375F. Reserve 12 apricots for Chocolate-dipped Apricots; coarsely chop remaining apricots. Sprinkle nuts and chopped apricots evenly over baked pastry. Beat sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt, and eggs until smooth. Pour over nuts and apricots. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set.

3. Line plate with waxed paper. Place chips and shortening in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave uncovered on medium 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Dip half of each apricot into chocolate mixture; place on plate. Let stand until chocolate is dry. Place on tart.


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