You’ll instantly fall in love with this delicate and delicious frangipane tart recipe! This simple blackberry tart is made with an all-butter crust, creamy almond filling and dotted with loads of fresh blackberry and lemon zest for fruity flavor. Once baked, the zesty lemon and almond filling turns takes on a delicate custard-like texture. It goes so well with a spoonful of home-made lemon curd on top!
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What is Frangipane?
Frangipane is a popular Italian and French almond paste filling that dates back centuries. It’s a long-time favorite in France, especially during the Christmas season. It’s creamy, not too sweet and is a popular filling for pastries, tarts, cakes and cookies. It can also be made with a variety of different flavors, like this blackberry and lemon version.
This almond filling starts with equal amounts, in weight, of butter, almond flour and sugar. The butter and sugar need to be beaten vigorously until light and creamy, then the eggs and vanilla are added in. The almond flour and a bit of all-purpose flour go in last and are folded in gently. Flavors and additional fillings, such as fruit, berries and nuts are added last.
For this blackberry tart, you can either use almond flour or whole almonds. I find that almond flour works just as well as making your own ground almonds and it saves time! If you are set on making your own, just place blanched almonds into a food processor and pulse into a fine flour.
The All-Butter Crust
My one and only, favorite recipe for tarts! I use this all-butter crust recipe for my frangipane tart and for many of my recipes! I will have a full-length video tutorial on making the crust coming next week! Check back here then!
Should I Blind-Bake?
Let’s talk about this tart and blind-baking. With this lemon tart, you can either pre-bake the crust or bake it with the filling. Some pastry chefs prefer to blind-bake the shell for this recipe, but I find that it’s perfectly fine baked with the filling. If you want a really crispy tart shell, then I would recommend blind baking the shell. To blind-bake, roll out the crust, shape it and freeze in the pan for about 30 minutes. Fill the tart with pie weights or beans and bake at 375F for about 25 minutes, or until golden. Then, fill it with the frangipane filling and proceed with the recipe.
You can make this frangipane tart with other flavors, too! I love the combination of blackberry and lemon for a springtime lemon tart but many other berries would work well, too. Try making this with raspberries, blueberries or even strawberries! To experience the traditional almond flour, add a teaspoon of almond extract and 1 cup of sliced almonds.
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