To make the filling beat the sugar and butter together until the mixture becomes creamy. Beat in the eggs. Add the sifted flour and ground almonds. Spread a layer of jam over the bottom of the pastry and then add the filling. Arrange a lattice design of pastry strips on top. Cover with the flaked almonds. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F) for 30 minutes. 15 minutes before the tart is cooked remove from oven and sprinkle over a layer of confectioner's sugar. Return to oven.I used the same pan so everything was the same except for the eggs.
The first thing I noticed is that the filling spread like a batter instead of like a crumble.
Then the almonds on top sank into the filling more.
The finished tart looked softer and showed off the powdered (confectioner's) sugar better.
And the individual pieces looked and tasted fluffier than the first attempt.
|Take Two: Fluffy|
|Take One: Crunchy|
It tasted great! The softer texture was nice and more like a coffee cake than a shortbread.
I liked it and so did my coworkers. Success!
In comparison, they were both good. However I and my guest taster enjoyed the first version the most because we liked the shortbread crunch along with the almonds. My recommendation: fix whichever one appeals to you the most. Crunchy or soft -- your choice.