Apple Frangipane Tart is a classic and elegant treat fit for any dessert table. A crisp, sweet-crust is filled with rich almond frangipane filling, baked with sliced apples and finished with apricot preserves.
I know you probably hate that “If you had to choose” question. I mean, most of the time it’s impossible to answer. Buuuutttt, if I had to choose a favorite dessert of all-time, this Apple Frangipane Tart would certainly be in the running.
This, to me, is a perfect dessert. It’s got everything I love; a crunchy crust, fruit, rich almond frangipane and even the finishing touch of sweet/tart apricot preserves hits just the right note.
I first fell in love with frangipane when I was in pastry school. The culmination of our education was a 10 day trip to France where we visited wineries, restaurants and bakeries. For me, a highlight of the trip was our visit to the La Varenne Cooking School for a demonstration by one of the chef instructors.
The chef made a puff pastry tart with frangipane filling. I’d never had almond frangipane before, and it was love at first bite. The rich buttery filling made with almond flour and almond extract is perfectly simple and oh so very French.
I know we bloggers sometimes overestimate how “easy” a recipe is. Doesn’t it seem like every recipe on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram is “super-easy”?
But, I swear, this really is an easy recipe. If you watch the video you can see how quickly the frangipane comes together. It’s a totally unfussy recipe that doesn’t have to be coddled or handled delicately. Just mix it up and spread it into the tart shell.
I sliced the apples nice and thin so I could arrange them in a pretty petal pattern. An apple peeler makes quick work of the apples. I like to run the tart under the broiler to brown the tips of the apples, which highlights the petal pattern. Warm apricot preserves creates a glistening finish for the tart.
Perfectly simple, perfectly beautiful and perfectly delicious!
Watch this video to see how to make an Apple Frangipane Tart:
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