For Sherries served with puddings, we highly recommend Pedro Ximénez as the sweetest of Sherry wines. As a general rule, it is considered appropriate for the Sherry drunk at the end of a meal to be sweeter than the pudding with which it is paired.
Traditional Almond Tart
pSeparate the egg yolks and whites. Peel and grate the carrots. Peel and grind the almonds.
/ppWhip the egg whites with a pinch of salt or a few drops of lemon juice until they form stiff peaks.
/ppBeat the egg yolks until frothy, then beat in the icing sugar. Add the grated carrot and beat again until thoroughly mixed, then stir in the ground almonds and the sherry. Fold this mixture into the stiff egg whites.
/ppRoll out the pastry, and line a prepared spring-form tin with it. Cover the base with a handful of dried peas and bake in a pre-heated medium oven for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and remove the peas.
/ppPour the filling mixture into the pastry case and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the filling is set, checking by sticking a skewer into the middle it should come out clean.
/ppRemove from the oven and leave to cool, then sieve icing sugar over the top and decorate with whole almonds./p