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
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,
We sure did!