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Oct 25, 2007 05:50 PM

Apple Almond Frangipane Tart

I made this tart today, adapted from Jamie Oliver's Kitchen book. It's supposed to be made with plums, but I had apples, and so....

It's a mixture of ground almonds flavored with lemon zest, mixed into sugar and butter. Chunks of pistachios are added to the mix. That mixture is then spooned into a baked pate sucre shell (which you have previously baked blind). Quartered apples (in this case wonderful and newly arrived Arkansas Blacks) are then pushed into the almond mixture and the whole thing is baked for an hour at 350.

I tasted a couple of pieces that fell off and it's pretty grand. Will let you know when guests have eaten it.

In my op., Oliver is a true master of the tart/cake/pie genre. His ricotta pie with chocolate and orange, his hazelnut tart with ricotta, his two nuts chocolate tarte and his polenta orange cookies...okay so those are cookies and not a pie...

Photos are attached, but they're a bit dark.

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  1. This tart is beautiful. I'm very impressed!

    1. This tart is beautiful. I'm very hungry!

      1. Thanks for the tip! I found the recipe at under plum and almond tart. Your version looks delicious!

        1. Ooo. I have a dinner party tonight. I bet this would be great with pear and walnut too. A darker flavor/

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          1. re: fishie

            I almost put some pears into the tart I made with the apples. I think it'd be great with pears. Let us know if you do it and how it turned out.

          2. My word, that is one gorgeous tart! I may have to make it myself sometime. I think I'd prefer it with your tweak, the apples instead of the almonds. I just about cleaned out a local orchard's last-of-the-year Northern Spys (plus I've got a bunch of Jonagolds and Winesaps). Would you suggest I use the sweeter Jonagolds in this one as opposed to the tarter varieties?

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            1. re: nofunlatte

              Oliver's recipe is for a PLUM and almond tart. I did use the almond meal, but used apples instead of plums (which aren't so hot this late). He also includes some chopped pistachio nuts in the filling. I really loved this tart and it was a big hit.

              1. re: oakjoan

                Ack! That's what I meant. I LOVE almonds! Glad to hear of the kudos it received--I may have to try it this fall.