Monday, 16 April 2012

Apple Frangipane Tart

Hi Everyone!
I decided to have a go at making a Frangipane tart today after having one at a restaurant! The tart is comprised of a pastry base with an almond sponge filling topped with slices of apple. Here's how to make it:

200g Plain Flour
100g Butter, chilled and diced
100g Butter, softened
Pinch of Salt
100g Caster Sugar plus another 1 tbsp
2 Large Eggs
100g Ground Almonds
1 tbsp Finely chopped Lemon Zest
4 Eating Apples

1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the 100g of cold diced butter to it almond with the salt. Rub the mixture together between your fingers, or pulse in a food processor until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Next add 1-3 tbsps of cold water to the mixture until the dough begins to stick. Knead it into a ball then wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
2. Pre heat the oven to 180C/ Gas Mark 4.
3. Roll out your pastry and fill your tart tin. Bake the pasty blind for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven, take out the baking beans and continue to bake for another 5 minutes.
4. While the pasty is baking, add the 100g of softened butter along with 100g of Caster Sugar to a large bowl and cream together until light and fluffy. Next beat in one egg at a time. Now fold in the ground almonds and lemon zest and use this mixture to fill the pastry case.
5. Peel and core your apples and then slice them finely. 'Plant' the apple slices into the tart, brush with some melted butter and then dredge with the 1 tbsp of caster sugar.
6. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes in the oven until the Frangipane is puffy and golden. You can know brush over the apples with apricot jam if you wish then return to the warm oven (switched off) with the door ajar for 15 minutes.

This tart is so tasty and fairly straight forward to make. It does take quite a bit of time to make but I feel that it's worth it!

I found this recipe on the Waitrose website.
Maz x

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