Apricot Tarts with Pistachios
Lightly sweetened apricots are baked quickly in a simple short-bread crust for these rustic tarts, which are garnished with vibrant green pistachios and fleur de sel. Other stone fruits, like plums and peaches, will work just as well. Penny De Los Santos

There’s something fundamentally irresistible about the combination of sugar and salt. We love the way a touch of salt enhances and balances the sweetness in all kinds of desserts—everything from chocolate to gelato to roasted peaches.

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