Plum Frangipane Tart

With ripe plums and rich almond cream atop a flaky crust, plum frangipane tart is a beautiful dessert that’s super easy to make!  With ripe plums and rich almond cream atop a flaky crust, plum frangipane tart is a beautiful dessert that’s super easy to make! 

Awhile back I made a pear frangipane tart that I loved. And with my Sunday blogging friends doing stone fruit recipes, I thought I’d make a plum tart. Frangipane of course. 

I am now officially addicted, but my love for this was a long time coming. You see I am an almond flavoring hater.

What is frangipane and why doesn’t it taste like almond extract?

Per Wikipedia, frangipane “is a sweet almond-flavored custard used in a variety of ways including cakes and such pastries as the Bakewell tart… Today it is normally made of butter, sugar, eggs, and ground almonds.“ With ripe plums and rich almond cream atop a flaky crust, plum frangipane tart is a beautiful dessert that’s super easy to make! 

Now for years, I’d looked at frangipane tarts sadly. Since frangipane is made from almonds, and I hate almond extract, I always figured I wouldn’t like it.

Something about this had always confused me, though, since I like almonds themselves. But as I did some research, it turns out there are two kinds of almonds, bitter and sweet. Most people like the sweet almond but the bitter flavor is loved by some and hated by others.

Commercial almonds in the US are the sweet variety. The extract, however, derives its flavor from a chemical in the bitter almond. And as it turns out, that bitter almond chemical can turn into cyanide poison if eaten.

Now almond extract doesn’t have the chemical, just the flavor, so it’s safe–which doesn’t help if it still tastes bad to you. But happily, you can make frangipane with just the (sweet) almonds! Yum! With ripe plums and rich almond cream atop a flaky crust, plum frangipane tart is a beautiful dessert that’s super easy to make! 

Why you’ll love this tart

And in the end there are so many reasons to love this tart! These include

  • A flakey pie crust that you don’t need to make yourself since it uses commercial puff pastry
  • No pre-baking of the crust is required
  • Makes beautiful use of seasonal stone fruit (or boozy fruit saved from prior harvest—see Ingredients below for this option)
  • Easy to make (shhh)
  • Elegant enough for company

With ripe plums and rich almond cream atop a flaky crust, plum frangipane tart is a beautiful dessert that’s super easy to make! Ingredients & Substitutions

Puff Pastry Crust. I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry since the size is very close to my pan size (7 x 11″) which means very little rolling.

You can also use a standard pie crust if you’d like but then you should blind bake it first (see King Arthur for how to blind bake)

tart edgeFrangipane Filling. I use finely ground blanched almond flour. People will grind their own, but I use almond flour enough to keep it around. If you want to grind your own you will need to take care to get it finely ground but stop before it becomes almond butter.

I use vanilla extract in my frangipane. You can use almond extract instead. If you must.  It is also possible to make frangipane with other nuts like hazelnuts or pistachios. 

ingredientsWhat’s this about boozy fruit? Most people will use fresh plums in their plum tarts, but I used plums  that were preserved in brandy last fall (see my brandied plums post for more information).

You can use other stone fruit like apricots or peaches as well. Pears are also good but I recommend changing the styling for them. My Pear Frangipane Tart recipe is very similar but the look is better for the larger fruit.

Step by Step Directions

Roll out puff pastry to a 9 x 13 rectangle.  Center and press into prepared pan Place the pan in the freezer to chill while you prepare the rest.

roll puff pastry

Cut plums into ¾ inch slices.  Mix frangipane ingredients in a mixer.   make frangipane

Remove the crust from the freezer and spread evenly with frangipane (it will expand as it bakes). spread frangipane in tart

Set plum slices in three long rows top with plums

Bake for approximately 35 minutes until frangipane is set and slightly golden.  Sprinkle sliced almonds around outer 1 ½ inch of tart.  Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of almonds. sprinkle edges with sliced almonds and sugar

Place back in oven until deep gold, another 5-10 minutes. Remove and cool, then serve. 

Notes and Tips

I made this in a 7 x 11 inch pan with a removable bottom. The Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry comes in a 9 x 9 section that I rolled out to about 9 x 13. I then folded over the extra crust as I pressed it into the pan. You can cut off any extra crust if you prefer thinner edges. With ripe plums and rich almond cream atop a flaky crust, plum frangipane tart is a beautiful dessert that’s super easy to make! 

The frangipane which will expand dramatically as it cooks and will end up about even with the top of the pan. I recommend that you use reasonably thick plum slices to see more above the frangipane (see above) than I have in my main photos.

Plums come in a wide variety of sizes, so the number that you’ll need will vary by size. Buy extra and eat the leftovers! plums

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Plum Frangipane Tart

Plum Frangipane Tart

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

With ripe plums and rich almond cream atop a flaky crust, plum frangipane tart is a beautiful dessert that’s super easy to make! 

Ingredients

Frangipane:

  • 2/3 c finely ground almonds
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 6 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons cream

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 square of puff pastry
  • 4-6 medium plums, depending on size
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F

Spray a 7 x 11 removable bottom pan with non-stick spray. Roll out puff pastry slightly thinner to a 9 x 13 rectangle. Center in prepared pan, press the dough up the sides of the pan and fold over (or cut off) excess dough. Press in to sides if folded. Place the pan in the freezer to chill while you prepare the rest.

Cut plums into ¾ inch slices.

Mix frangipane ingredients in a mixer.

Remove the crust from the freezer and spread evenly with frangipane (it will expand as it bakes). Set plum slices in three long rows (see pictures).

Bake for approximately 35 minutes until frangipane is set and just slightly golden. Sprinkle sliced almonds around outer 1 ½ inch of tart. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of almonds. Place back in oven until deep gold, another 5-10 minutes.

Remove and cool, then serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

18 thoughts on “Plum Frangipane Tart

  1. David Scott Allen

    Well, we both love our frangipane, don’t we? I never got to making the boozy plums last year… now that plums are in the market, I will make some now for a future tart, but will try with fresh plums now! (I wondered if you were going to include lemon verbena in the recipe… I wonder now if that might be good in the Frangipane?)

    1. Inger Post author

      I think that Lemon-y flavors are a good accent to a lot David (esp love with blueberries). Does this mean I may see a Lemon Verbena Plum Frangipane Tart on your website 🙂 ?

    1. Inger Post author

      It’s such an easy way to preserve Karen! Then you just need a few good recipes to complete the effort!

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