Sunday, January 21, 2007

Frangipane Tart

frangipane tart 2

I love all things almond. Amaretti. Check. Marzipan and almond paste. Check and check. Swensen's toasted almond ice cream. Enthusiastic check. Of course it came as no surprise that I love these frangipane tarts. This frangipane is basically equal parts almonds, sugar and butter held together with eggs. This easy to make almond-y goodness bakes up a bit "cakey" and pairs really well with slightly acidic, juicy fruit like blueberries. I baked my tarts in miniature tart forms but I can't remember how long I baked them in the oven. So I've included the recipe for a 9-inch tart. It's not quite as cute but definitely just as delicious.

Frangipane Tart
(makes one 9-inch tart)

2 cups (200g) sliced almonds
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter (200g), softened at room temp.
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
2 tbsp whole milk

1 unbaked 9-inch tart shell (I used this tart dough recipe)
1 1/2 cup blueberries

Make the frangipane cream:
In the bowl of a food processor, combine almonds and 1/4 cup sugar. Process until almonds are finely ground. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Mix in the almond-sugar mixture and salt. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add milk and mix until light and creamy.

frangipane tart 1

Assemble and bake the tart:
Preheat oven to 375F. Fill your unbaked tart shell with the frangipane cream. Arrange your blueberries on top of the cream. Bake tart until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set, about 70-75 minutes. Your filling should feel firm and slightly springy to the touch.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I could not agree with you more Mary. All things almond are high on my list. This little tart could find a really good home in my tummy.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the almond, Mary! Beautiful tart!

Anonymous said...


I agree with you 100%. Almonds rock! :D

They're expensive here in Brazil but I always find a way to buy some. It's amazing how many delicious things we can make with them.

Oh, boy, what I wouldn't do for a tart like that... :D

Anonymous said...

This tart looks great! Frangipane is a must on any dessert menu. Can't wait to try this!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful brown color. Yum. Almonds are my fave, too!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous - AND I happen to have all the required ingredients in my fridge! Will have to try this as soon as I get some time :)

Anonymous said...

I am so with you, anything ameretti/almond flavored is divine. These look amazing, right up our alley!

Anonymous said...

I loooove all things almond too! This tart looks delicious and I'm sure me and my almond obsession would love it.

Anonymous said...

I've never had frangipane cream, it sounds good!

I'm glad you'll be participating in World Nutella Day! :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely...and so French...I should have made one for my month of French food.

Anonymous said...

I am coming to San Fran at the end of march, any good tips? I have never been there...I am staying at the Courtyard on 2nd Street?? Anything good around there?

clarice said...

Oh this looks heavenly. I do not trust anyone who does not like almonds :-)
have a lovely weekend. Clarice-who is off to trader joes for almonds

Alpineberry Mary said...

Tanna - I like all nuts but there's just something about the scent of almonds that I really love.

Ivonne - I have to thank you again for your family's amaretti recipe. I make it at least once a month.

Patricia - I admit that I take almonds for granted in the US since they are fairly inexpensive.

Pebbles - Frangipane is so simple yet so good.

Abby - I love the look of the dark blueberries with the golden almond filling.

Ellie - I agree. Too many recipes, not enough time!

Dianka - Divine is a perfect description.

Natalia - I think I'm a bit obsessed w/ almonds too.

Ms Adventures - Thanks for telling me about the event.

Peabody - I enjoyed all your French inspirations!

Maria - There are too many great places to list, but definitely check out the Ferry Building - it's a foodie paradise.

Clarice - TJ's is my almond source too.

sher said...

I'm sighing here. One of my favorite things to eat is a frangipane tart from a local bakery. Unfortunately, they stopped making them. Yours looks even better than theirs.

Anonymous said...

I made Nigella's cranberry bakewell tart for Christmas last year, this was also the first time I made frangipane...after that I made sure I always have plenty of almonds at your recipe