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How to glaze a tart

How to glaze a tart

Professional pastrycooks usually say that "a beautiful cake is already half sold", it is one of the reasons why they do not put a tart on sale without glazing it ("abricoter" in Fench), i.e. coating it with a thick apricot syrup. This glaze gives a glossy finish to the tart (see the photographs below) and also protects it from the air and thus from oxidation and browning.

It's a quite simple technique that you can easily apply to give to your desserts a professional look. This is how you do it.


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Last modified on: February 15th 2016

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How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
6 min.1 min.7 min.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1
1 min.
How to glaze a tart  : Photo of step #1 Prepare the amount that you need. For a normal tart, use two rounded tablespoonsful of jam, and put in a cup.
Stage 2
1 min.
How to glaze a tart  : Photo of step #2 Add a tablespoon of sugar syrup or water, and melt in microwave oven (not too high) or in a bain-marie.
Stage 3
5 min.
How to glaze a tart  : Photo of step #3 Apply a thin layer of hot apricot glaze with a brush, all over the top of the tart (here a pear and almond cream tart).

The layer must be thin, because the glaze should not be noticeable in the mouth: the taste comes from your tart, not from the glaze.
Stage 4
How to glaze a tart  : Photo of step #4 If the glaze cools while you are working and starts to solidify, heat again and resume. Your beautiful tart is ready...
Stage 5
How to glaze a tart  : Photo of step #5 be serve to your guests.
Stage 6
How to glaze a tart  : Photo of step #6 To compare with usual tart.


If you find in some bad bakery tarts with a thick (enormous!) layer of glaze (some 3 or 4 mm), you are probably in the shop of a rogue who is trying to cheat on the weight of his tart: leave the place quickly.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
8400 gr210 gr0 gr
42 %0 %20 %0 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
11200 gr280 gr0 gr
56 %0 %26 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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