Plum & Hazelnut Frangipane Tarts

plumfrangweb-3Happy New Year!

Is it too late to write that now? I suppose it is the 13th January, but it’s my first post of 2016 so it feels apt.

Instead of writing about resolutions and cutting back, turning over new leaves and generally improving oneself, I’ve decided to write about inspiration. I constantly feel inspired to get in the kitchen to create new and exciting recipes and adapt recipes that have caught my attention.

These plum and hazelnut frangipane tarts are the perfect example of a creation that was inspired by so many other sources. The idea for these tarts came about when I first saw these divine Cherry, Pistachio and Almond Tarts by Hint of Vanilla. So much so, I asked for the pastry rings for my birthday (which was in October, so these were a long time in the making).

I always knew that I wanted to make something with frangipane and jam, a lot like a bakewell tart. When I was given some free plums around the same time as Domestic Gothess posted this plum and amaretto jam recipe, I knew this jam had to feature in the tarts. I followed the recipe almost exactly for this jam, the only change I made was to the alcohol, I substituted amaretto for Chambord.

Plum & Hazelnut Frangipane Tarts

The pastry and the tuiles are from my absolute favourite patisserie book by William Curley. I wanted a pastry recipe I knew I could trust and for my first time of making tuiles I turned to this book. I must admit my tuiles came out a bit soft, I’m not sure if I didn’t bake them for long enough. If anyone has any advice about tuile making do let me know.

The final element for this recipe came from one of my favourite food magazines – Delicious. It was originally a pistachio frangipane recipe by Richard Bertinet, which I changed to hazelnut frangipane. Part of the reason I chose hazelnuts was because I thought it would work better and I also had a bag of hazelnuts in the cupboard already!

Which brings me nicely to another point, I really hate food waste and making these tarts in early January was also an excuse to use up some of the ingredients in my kitchen. The list of things I want to bake is vast, but I get so bored with buying expensive, very specific ingredients, only to use 10 grams of it and leave the rest languishing in the back of my baking cupboard.

I carry out regular checks of all my ingredients, to ensure I don’t go out and buy more of something that I already have, as well as making sure I use things up that are close to date. I specifically buy smaller bags of sugar and flour – even though they often cost more per 100g – to avoid wasting them and I store everything in labelled airtight containers or ziplock bags.

The freezer is also a friend of mine, I have Danish pastries, homemade puff pastry, egg whites and fruit puree which I buy in bulk and portion individually before freezing.

Plum & Hazelnut Frangipane Tart

Plum & Hazelnut Frangipane Tart | Patisserie Makes Perfect


Adapted from various sources
This recipe has been inspired by lots of different recipes, the pate sucree and tuile is from William Curley's book Patisserie, the hazelnut frangipane is adapted from a Delicious Magazine recipe and the jam recipe can be found on Domestic Gothess. I substituted amaretto for Chambord though. This recipe makes 8-10 x 8cm round tarts or 1 x 23cm tart, use whatever tins you have at your disposal.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Patisserie
Servings 8


  • ***PATE SUCREE***
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 100 g Icing Sugar sifted
  • 50 g Egg
  • 250 g Plain Flour sifted
  • 1 g Salt
  • 100 g Chopped Roasted Hazelnuts
  • 200 g Unsalted Butter softened
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 100 g Ground Almonds
  • 50 g Plain Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Brandy
  • 50 g Caster Sugar
  • 20 ml Milk
  • 1 g Pectin
  • 17 g Unsalted Butter
  • 15 g Plain Flour sifted
  • 15 g Hazelnuts chopped and roasted
  • ***TO ASSEMBLE***
  • <a href="" target="_blank" >Plum & Chambord Jam</a>
  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Maple Syrup


  • Place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft and smooth, add the icing sugar and cream the ingredients together until light and smooth.
  • Gradually mix in the eggs making sure they become fully incorporated, add in the flour and salt and mix till it becomes one big mass.
  • Turn the pastry out on to a work surface, mix it all together and then shape it into a block, cover with cling-film and refrigerate the pastry for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Put the chopped hazelnuts in a food processor or mini chopper and blitz until they are fine (don't blend them too much or they'll turn to nut butter).
  • Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the beater attachment and mix until it is very soft.
  • Keep the mixer running, add the sugar, hazelnuts and ground almonds, it will form a thick paste. Add the flour and continue to mix, finally add the eggs and the brandy. Mix until the whole thing combines together and then place the frangipane in a disposable piping bag and chill it in the fridge while you roll out the pastry.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C Fan, if using pastry rings, line a baking tray with a silicone mat, grease the rings and place them on the mat. If using a loose bottomed tin or tins, grease the tin(s) and place them on a baking tray.
  • Take the pastry out of the fridge, warm it a little in your hands and then roll it out on a lightly floured surface, until it's the same thickness as a pound coin or around 3-4mm.
  • If using individual tins, cut out pieces of pastry using a knife and lay them over the tins, pressing the pastry into the sides of the tin, using a rolling pin, roll over the top of the tin and then remove the excess pastry from the outside of the tin. Gently press the pastry into the sides of the tin so that it will stay put.
  • You will need to roll up the scraps of pastry and re-roll it to get the number of cases you need. If using one large tin, simply roll the pastry out to a thickness of 3-4mm and then lay it over the large greased tin and press it into the sides of the tin, use a rolling pin to remove the excess.
  • Place the pastry in the fridge to chill for another 30 mins.
  • Take the pastry from the fridge and put a generous amount of jam in the bottom of the pastry case. Spread the jam out evenly and then cut the tip off the disposable piping bag and pipe a layer of frangipane on top of the jam.
  • Don't be tempted to overfill the tarts with the frangipane as it puffs up while it bakes, so fill the tarts to just below the pastry - you may find you have some frangipane leftover.
  • Bake the tarts for 30 minutes or until golden and puffed up.
  • Place 15g sugar and the pectin in a small bowl and mix together. Put the milk, 35g sugar and butter in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat and add the flour, mix until fully combined.
  • Line a baking tray with a non-stick silicone mat and using a stepped palette knife spread the tuile mixture thinly, sprinkle with the chopped and roasted hazelnuts and then cover with another silicone baking mat. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool and then remove the baking mat and snap the tuile into pieces - this can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  • Mix the mascarpone with the maple syrup to taste and then taking a spoon make a quenelle of the mascarpone and top the cooled hazelnut tarts with the mascarpone and place a shard of tuile on the top.

Plum & Hazelnut Frangipane Tart

These tarts were topped with maple syrup mascarpone that I attempted to quenelle – it’s much tougher than it looks and something I need to practice. Here’s to an inspirational 2016, I hope to post lots of new recipes, using up familiar ingredients from the blog as well as introducing some new techniques and and flavours.

Thanks for reading.


16 Responses

  1. Jodie Dodd

    What a great post! I really like inspirations as opposed to resolutions, much more positive start to the year! And wow, I’m so impressed by your organizational skills! Very smart way to back though. I hate wasting food too. My kids are crazy and don’t really like leftovers, which are always my favorite. I end up eating the same thing for a week just so I don’t throw it away! Well, the dogs benefit from it too. 😀 As usual, the tarts and photos look amazing. 🙂

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      Thank you Jodie – what dogs do you have? Talking of leftovers, I made baked meatballs last night and did a double batch – we ate one for dinner and i left the rest on the back to cool so I could freeze them and then have them at a later date for dinner.

      I came downstairs and my boyfriend had eaten nearly half of the portion! Men!

      Thanks for the lovely comments Jodie! xx

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      Thank you so much Lisa. The finishing touches are what I find to be the magic of patisserie – so pleased that you noticed my attempts – that means so much.

  2. Pang

    I am drooling over this tart so badly. It looks so lovely & delicious, Angela

  3. Lucy - BakingQueen74

    How delicious Angela, your tarts look gorgeous. What wonderful flavours!

  4. Julia Frey@Vikalinka

    My goodness, Angela! I can only imagine how glorious these tarts must be. I adore frangipane! Beautiful presentation as well. Just looking at them is making me so hungry!

  5. Hannah Hossack-Lodge

    They look utterly divine! I love frangipane, I’ve never tried making it with hazelnuts before but I bet it tastes amazing… And I’m so pleased that you liked my jam! Good thinking to use chambord 🙂 I know what you mean about food waste, I need to do a couple of cupboard clearout recipes as my baking cupboard is overflowing with half used packets of things… x

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      Hannah I’m so bad for buying things I already have in the cupboard!
      The great thing about the frangipane is that ground almonds are still the basis, but you can change it up with different nuts.
      I’m so glad you approve of my use of your jam! x

  6. Lucy Parissi

    Oh how I wish that my NY resolutions included eating more tarts like this divine example. They don’t 🙁 I shall eat this one with my eyes – every delicious morsel. It looks amazing. And I would love to see how you line and use the pastry rings. I have some myself and never have the nerve or know how to use them.

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      Thank you so much Lucy – next time I use the pastry rings I’ll provide photos. They’re really easy to use, you just need a silicone baking mat to sit them on and then the rings do the rest. I love the perfect straight sides they give you.

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