Frangipane Tart With Apple

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Frangipane always reminds me of my grandmother. On a rare occasion she'd buy the glorious (and ridiculously pricey) frangipane tart from the long since closed Belgian bakery near her house and we'd partake of a slice of almondy goodness after sunday dinner. This is the dessert that inspired my life long love of almonds. Even now after making my first attempt at a similar cake the first bite transported me back to my grandparents' tiny kitchen. She once told me that it reminded her of a cake her parents would buy from a continental bakery back in her youth in England. I will always thank her memory for three things above all others... instilling in me a love of the theatre, british television and various european pastries I never got at home. This is probably my favorite of the latter.

This is a fairly dense cake, but if you make it right the buttery shortbread crust compensates a bit for the rich almond frangipane. It's just as good without the apples if that's your thing, though you can substitute pears as well (though I'd poach them properly myself.) I used the raspberry jam because that was the signature of my remembered childhood dessert but you could easily have matching jam and fruit or no jam at all. You can also make the frangipane with hazelnut or pistachio apparently but I've never tried.

Lastly I ran into a few problems at the end which meant the end product didn't look quite as glorious as I planned, but if you follow my tips yours should look fantastic.


Contents

Ingredients:

Shortbread Crust:

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Apples:

Frangipane

(got this recipe off the internet, I forget where though)

Method:

Early Prep:

Crust time:

It's important to remember with a shortbread style crust that the more you handle it the less light and buttery the end product will turn out.

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Frangipane

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Almond Meal:Frangiapple9.jpg Frangiapple10.jpg

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Apples

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Bake it:

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Serving:

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