Apple Frangipane Pie Or Frangipan

Apple Frangipane Pie Or Frangipan

Apple Frangipane Pie

As its a pie the top has a nice little crunchy crust and then towards the bottom it becomes soft velvety chewy heaven. Almonds, vanilla essence and sharp apples leaves me drooling for more. Apple Frangipane Pie.

I know is it frangipani, frangipan or frangipane! Apparently its frangipane but thats not really important. What does matter is the taste and the  comforting satisfaction as the frangipane pie pops out of the oven. The smell of baked almonds is to die for.

Frangipane Pie

Why a pie and not a tart? Well tarts are everywhere (excuse the pun) and I wanted something  different with decadence. The  thin crispy slices of frangipane tarts are good don’t get me wrong. However if you need something of a mini show stopper then the pie is the way to go. Standing nice and tall with layers of apples covered almond sugary paste. The recipe demands the perfect fat to sugar ratio of 50/50. Unfortunately the 50/50 mix is the ultimate weight gain plan so just don’t bake this to often.

almonds for frangipane pie

Apple Frangipane Pie

The kids are still young and their choices in food are still limited. You know the usual choices, I don’t like that I don’t like this, etc. I am sure you get the picture if you have young children. So the eldest who still lives at home discovered in France (on Holiday) 2 years ago apple pie. Uncle David brought from patisserie St Sauveur Le Vicomte and since that day she has been hooked. Hence the reason of creating a frangipane pie, apples in the fruit bowl, eggs on the rack and almonds in the cupboard.

apple frangipan

The Pie Pastry

Did I make my own you wonder. Hell no I did not make the pastry. I have time on my hands as I work from home but I don’t quite have the much time. I discovered shortcrust pastry sheets in Aldi for just 85p and of course we are all about cheap dinner ideas.  The last time I used the pastry for a goats cheese tart for the wives work dinner I found it a little thick. Whip out that rolling pin with the flour and get the pastry thiner. It is worth the effort believe me, give me crispy and light any day over soft stodgy pastry.

Apple Frangipane Pie

If you need something of a mini show stopper then the Frangipane pie is the way to go. Standing nice and tall with layers of apples covered almond sugary paste
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine European


  • 125 g unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 25 g plain flour
  • 125 g ground almonds
  • 1 large free-range egg beaten (2 medium)
  • 2 apples Granny Smith
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract


  • Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin (3mm).
  • Use the pastry to line the tin, gently pressing it into the sides and leaving about 1cm overhanging the top edge.
  • Use a fork to prick the base, then line with greaseproof paper and fill with ceramic baking beans or uncooked rice.
  • Chill for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6.
  • When the tart case has chilled, blind bake it in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the paper and beans, then return the pastry to the oven for 5 minutes to cook the base.
  • When cooked, use a sharp knife to trim the excess pastry level with the top of the tin and set aside to cool.
  • Reduce the oven setting to 150°C/Gas 2.
  • Peel and quarter the apples, throw into a frying pan with a knob of butter, squeeze of lemon juice and 2 tsp of brown sugar
  • Fry for 5 minutes allow to cool
  • To make the frangipane, cream the butter, sugar, flour, vanilla extract and almonds together, then slowly add the egg, mixing until fully incorporated. Allow the frangipane to rest for 5 minutes before smoothing it inside the pastry case.
  • Line the pastry case with the cooled apples Spread the frangipane over the apples, stack it to the top
  • Bake in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes (check with a skewer)
  • Leave the tart to cool slightly before removing from the tin and serving in slices
Keyword Apple Frangipane Pie
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