One of the reasons I was hesitant to try this recipe was because I'd have to buy a whole can of almond paste even though I'd only need 1/4 of it. (I make 1/4 recipes that fit into two 4 1/2'' tarts. It saves the waistline and allows me to enjoy trying more of the tarts.) First of all, I had to find the almond paste! I'd never even heard of it. I was lucky. There was a stocker in the baking aisle as I went down and she knew just where it was. Good thing. I never would have found it on my own.
After acquiring almond paste, the rest of the recipe is quite start forward using sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, lemon zest, and flour. The tart is then topped with pine nuts and finished with powdered sugar.
It was absolutely delicious! A perfect tart I could make over and over again. Thank you Kayte for the push! Unfortunately, there was one issue with my tart. I think my pine nuts were bad. As soon as I took a bite I thought, "Hmm, those don't taste right." I googled and came across Nicole at PinchMySalt experience with pine nuts. I found over and over that pine nuts are very finicky nuts that go rancid quickly. Most sites said you "just know" when they're bad. Yeah, I just knew.