Apricot frangipane

Apricot frangipane

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From
The Natural Cook
Serves
12
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Frangipane is just about my favourite dessert-cake-whatever. The rich almond sponge has all the flavour and moistness that a flour-based sponge lacks, and frangipane is a good carrier for tart seasonal fruits. At my restaurant we put a different frangipane on the menu each season, from quinces to rhubarb.

For the filling

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 quantity Baked apricots with vanilla
100g ground almonds
100g rapadura or raw cane sugar
100g unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 large egg, lightly beaten

For the rough puff pastry

Quantity Ingredient
250g spelt or plain flour, plus more to dust
190g butter, cold and cut into 1 cm cubes
125ml water, cold

Method

  1. Start with the pastry: put the flour in a bowl, add the butter and stir, then mix in the water until it comes together as a dough. Roll out into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Fold over one short side of the dough by one-third of the rectangle’s length, then fold the other short side by one-third over the top. Give the folded pastry a quarter turn. Roll out the sheet again, then repeat the folding. Place in a clean plastic bag and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients for the filling except the apricots and beat until smooth. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the rough puff pastry to 3-5 mm thick. Use the pastry to line a 20 x 30 cm deep baking tray. Using a knife, score a border into the pastry 2–3 cm from the edge.
  4. Spread the frangipane mixture evenly over the pastry in a layer about 1 cm thick, up to the border but not over it. Place the apricots on top. Bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes until both the pastry and frangipane have risen and are golden.

Storage

  • The tart for three days in the fridge in a sealed container. Return to room temperature to serve. Any spare rough puff pastry will freeze well.
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