1 1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brandy or apple juice, if desired
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 medium (1 cup) apple, peeled, chopped
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine all crust ingredients in bowl; mix well. Press onto bottom and up sides of greased 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake 8 minutes.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, eggs, flour, 2 tablespoons melted butter, brandy and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon in bowl; mix well. Stir in hazelnuts, apricots and apple. Spoon mixture into crust. Bake 40-50 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Remove side of pan.
Combine all topping ingredients in bowl. Beat at high speed until stiff peaks form. Serve with tart.
Place a baking sheet or aluminum foil on the oven rack below the tart to catch any drips during baking.