Baking on the Internet- recipe for Chocolate Frangipane Tarts


My friend, Joanna, of zebbakes, made some fudge.  As we talked about it in her comments section-

we discovered that we both had some almond meal that we had purchased for Christmas baking but

hadn’t used.  So we decided to try baking up these tarts in tandem- me here in NE Ohio and her in

Bristol in the UK.  I’ve never made frangipane before- but she gave me this  link to a recipe that she

thought we could try.   I went there – to discover that the recipe was in metric and grams and celcius.

Which meant I needed to convert it ( or get out my digital scales) – so I did and made them yesterday.


They turned out beautifully- I garnished with raspberries and cream and some

blackberries I had it the refrigerator- and we have been enjoying them.

I had 5 tartlet pans with removeable bottoms- and some heart tins that I used- plus-

I froze up half of the pastry dough to make up later.

It was great fun, making these up with a friend- first of all- because I wouldn’t have

made then at all without her inspiration- and secondly, because it felt  so  friendly and

almost neighborly to be doing it together.


So- here is the recipe- if you’d like to give these a try.  It is a little fiddly to make the crust, bake it

and then make the frangipane and bake it again inside the tart- but the results are worth it.  AND-

the heart tarts that I baked alongside the larger tarts- I put the crust in the mold, added the frangipane

and baked them at the same time- and they tasted about the same.  So you could arguably omit the extra

bake of the crust.

Ingredients: (for pastry)

1 1/3 cups AP flour

1/4 cup icing sugar

2 tsp cocoa powder

5 1/2 TBS butter, soft, cubed

1/4 cup almond flour/meal

1 large egg

1/8 cup cold water


Sift together cocoa, flour and icing sugar, add butter with pastry blender or fingers, break down butter

into flour mixture until it resembles oatmeal in texture.  Stir in almond flour .  Beat egg and water together

and add to flour mixture, stir gently until it adheres into a ball and then refrigerate for an hour or so.


Take out of fridge and let warm for about 10 minutes, then divide into eight pieces and roll out each

piece separately to fit into tart pans.


Brush off extra flour and place into tart pan, scraping a knife on edges to make a sharp crust .


Make sure you fit the dough into the pan- along the bottom and sides or the dough

will slip down into the pan when you add parchment paper.

Place a round of parchment paper on top of dough and add a filler(I used black beans)

to keep the crust from bubbling and slipping down whilst baking.


Bake in preheated oven (350 degrees F) for about 15 minutes.  Take out of oven, cool and

take away the beans and parchment paper.

Ingredients: ( for frangipane)

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup almond meal/flour

3/4 cup chocolate chips, melted

flaked/sliced almonds


Cream the sugar and butter together until the sugar is dissolved.

Add eggs and almond meal alternately until they are all creamy and smooth.

Pour in melted chocolate and stir until incorporated into mixture, then start spooning

mix into tart crust until 2/3 filled.  I didn’t bake the heart crusts, just fit into mold and then

added filling and baked them all together.

Sprinkle with almonds and bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes.



When baked they will be puffy and start so show crackling.


Cool slightly and then carefully dislodge from tins.

Garnish with fruit or cream- Or fruit and cream,


and ENJOY!


We sure did!

11 thoughts on “Baking on the Internet- recipe for Chocolate Frangipane Tarts

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  2. Hee hee! We did it! They look lovely and that was such fun doing that with you. We will have to do it again soon. Maybe you choose a recipe in cups and I will have a go at converting it to grams. xxx Joanna

    • This really was fun! I know I wouldn’t have made them without your encouragement- I’m just getting lazy about trying new things when I’m down.
      I really like the way we interpreted and displayed them. BUT I love the tarts themselves. These make brownies taste commonplace.

  3. Heidi, it sounds like you and Jo have had a great time baking together! And these look delicious – Frank certainly looked like he was enjoying them! 🙂 xx

    • Hi Celia!
      It was a great time- and now I have a quickly dwindling stash of chocolate frangipane for tea!
      I was just thinking that I started to really get to know you after we baked the cottage loaves a couple of years ago- and that was a lot of fun, too! I really enjoy seeing the many faces of a baking technique or recipe.

  4. I’ve never heard of these before, but the pictures are enticing and the recipe is calling to me because I, too, have leftover almond meal from Christmas! Sigh. Do I dare try these? I’m afraid I may want to eat them all!!

    • They are certainly addictive- but if you only make half of the recipe and freeze the rest you can control the compass of the addiction.
      I was really happy with the end result and I still have 3 tarts left – and still delicious – ONE week later (almost).
      I suggest you make them and then let me know how you liked them- then we would have 3 countries in our baking adventure, USA, Great Britain, and Canada!

      • Well, I just may rise to that challenge! The only problem is that I have no tart pans, but I’m sure w/all my kitchen trinkets I could find SOMETHING that would suffice! It may not happen soon, but I’ll keep this idea brewing in the back of my mind for the next few weeks. 🙂

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