… well, since I was last here i’ve been on a mini world-wind tour of Ireland and Scotland… well Cork, Dublin and Glasgow to be precise but it feels like i’ve crossed boarders and heard more lilting accents than King John had broadswords shoved in his face but i’ve had immense fun and now the roadshow we’ve been working so hard on is underway I can turn my attention back to the blog for 5 minutes before i’m distracted again by all things World Cup which kicks off next week… we’re actually converting a London pub into a female-friendly football space for Benefit Cosmetics where women who love football or at the very least have an interest in footballers legs can come into a chic environment to watch the game… and perhaps have a little eye-brow shaping at the same time. With the launch event a week today we have a lot to do…watch this space for updates and pictures…
raspberry and blueberry mini frangipane tarts
in the meantime I feel like it’s time I treated myself to something a little naughty and fruity and there’s nothing better than these mini frangipane tarts to hit the spot. The thing I love about frangipane is the marzipan gooey quality of the ground almonds in the filling which has a richness that isn’t too heavy… the little beads of berries cut through nicely to add a little chic ‘French Patissiere’ quality to them which is simply heavenly… i’ve also used a sweet almond pastry to add to the richness but i’m sure i’ll be able to handle it… I think you’re supposed to wait for them to cool once they come out of the oven but a warm tart with a little double cream dripping down the side… who could resist?
makes roughly 12 tarts
for the sweet almond pastry
200g plain flour
50g ground almonds
75g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
150g butter – room temp
1 egg yolk
for the frangipane filling
125g soft light brown sugar
150g ground almonds
50g plain flour
3 free-range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
berries of your choice
make the pastry by rubbing the flour and butter together in a large bowl until it resembles large bread crumbs then combine all the other ingredients until they form a ball of dough… you may need a dash of milk to bring it all together at the end
flatten in out slightly, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 mins
once the pastry is ready, roll it out nice and thinly. Using a scone or cookie cutter, cut circles out of the pastry and lay these gently into the tart tray and set aside whilst you make the frangipane filling
in a large bowl beat the sugar and butter until it’s light and creamy then beat in the eggs followed by the flours, ground almonds and vanilla, whip it up till it’s fully combined
place half a teaspoon of marmalade in the base of each tart, then fill each tart generously with frangipane and squish as much fruit as you dare into each tart, I used 3 blueberries and at least 2 raspberries per tart
bake on 170C for 20 mins or until the frangipane rises and begins to turn golden
eat and of course, enjoy!
Wow, they look delicious.
Mark Willis says
Cor, they don't 'arf look good! Raspberry and Blueberry is such a good combination. Living with a diabetic means I don't get things like that very often…
Michael Toa says
I would not be able to resist… These mini tarts look so scrummy. I just absolutely love anything frangipane-y. Beautiful Dom.
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
Dom, I've never made these! I know I'm going to love them, can't wait!
Baking Addict says
These looks so cute and pretty, the perfect treat. Good luck with the launch event – sounds great! x
Vohn's Vittles says
They look and sound amazing! Definite bookmark to my “must make” folder. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Beautiful little tarts – and the Benefit pop-up sounds great, let me know more!
Galina Varese says
Oh, all my favourite flavours: berries, almonds, vanilla. They look so good I could wear them on my hat.
Your tarts look great and have to be delicious. We have been talking about visiting Ireland and Scotland some day and I hope it's soon!
Phil in the Kitchen says
They're looking really good. This is just my sort of treat. I love a bit of frangipane and there's nothing more pleasing than a warm tart.
Cooking Gallery says
Those look delicious! I can imagine having them as afternoon snacks with a cup of tea (well, I don't drink coffeee ;)). Lovely blog, by the way :).
Kate Glutenfreealchemist says
I love frangipane. And it always looks so pretty with little berries poking out of the top. These little pies are so cute!
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Anne Szadorska says
Looks like I need to invest in another baking tin 🙂 I adore frangipane!
I remember dating an idiot in the past who's family kept teasing after I asked if they liked frangipane as a long running joke.. for some weird reason they found it funny and thought I had made the word up.. as I mentioned before – idiots!!
Did you say eyebrow shaping???? Whatever next Dom. I'll stick with one or two of these very pretty and delicious looking tarts please.
plasterers bristol says
This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.