Tarts with a variety of jams and fruit preserves are one of the most common Puglian desserts. Puglia grows a lot of fruit, and much of it is preserved in jams and marmalades. These homemade preserves are then used to make tarts of all sorts. Use high-quality jam or preserves (figs, which are pictured at right, and apricots work well), as they really shine in this dish.
1. In a clean mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Mix until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is crumbly.
2. In a separate clean mixing bowl, combine the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest, and lightly beat with a fork. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat with a mixer on low speed for about 2 minutes, or until a dough forms.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Dust your hands with flour and knead the dough for about 1 minute, or until it is smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour (or up to 4 days). If you chill the dough for longer than 1 hour, let it warm slightly before rolling it out.
4. Grease a tart dish. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of ¼ inch (0.5 cm) and place it in the prepared dish. Trim the excess dough off the edges and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball of leftover dough out to a thickness of ¼ inch (0.5 cm) and cut into strips.
5. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
6. Spread the marmalade in the tart dish. Sprinkle it with the almonds and cover with a lattice of the dough strips.
7. Bake for 35 minutes.
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