French apricot tart

Tags: dessert, made, picture, tart, Lu, French
Is that really a photo of a cake that Lu made? It looks very shop-bought to me.
. Serves 8 from a 9" tin. 21 steps
pastry Spread the custard into the pastry base. Place on top the apricots halves, face down. Sprinkle the almonds on top. Drizzle the hot syrup liquid on top, being sure to cover every single apricot. Leave to cool.
200g pastry flour sifted Make sweet shortcrust pastry, cook partially
pinch salt
1 tablespoon sugar
100g unsalted butter, diced and chilled
1 egg lightly beaten
2 teaspoons water
custard Cover with clingfilm (so a skin doesn't form) and leave to cool in fridge
6 egg yolks (discard the whites)   whisk well Bring to boil, stirring, then lower heat and keep stirring until very thick
75g sugar
40g plain flour   whisk in
40g cornstarch
600ml milk bring to boil stir in
apricots and glaze
2 tablespoons Cointreau 1 tablespoon stir in the extra cointreau after removing from heat
1 tablespoon mix cornstarch with cointreau before cooking it cook on high heat until reduced to 1/3 volume
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 lemon's juice   heat until boiling bring to boil and reduce heat, then simmer 5 minutes or until soft keep liquid
125ml water
100g sugar, more if apricots are tart
700g apricots halved and stoned add face down remove with a slotted spoon, place on a sheet of aluminium foil to cool
10g flaked almonds toast