Frangipane and raspberry tarts

I have previously posted about the  5 week Christmas baking course I am taking with Sarah Brigden (babyCakes) through Tuart College, where in the first class we made fruit mince (see post here). We then used the fruit mince to make fruit mince tarts with a frangipane (almond cream) filling/topping.

My fruit mince is still developing its flavour in the fridge, so I decided to make these tarts but with raspberries instead, as I always have some  in my freezer. The results were delicious and very popular both at home and at work. Mum has already asked for these for our family Christmas lunch.

The cinnamon pastry brings a nice added flavour to the tart, however you could leave it out or replace it with citrus zest, ground ginger, mixed spices –  it is up to you.

This pastry will keep in the fridge for 5 days before cooking or up to 3 months in the freezer (wrapped in cling wrap and placed in a sealed container or bag), while the frangipane will keep for a week in the fridge. To make these tarts with fruit mince, you can add it either before the frangipane or on top. Don’t overfill the tart cases, as the frangipane does rise a bit when it bakes.

Frangipane and raspberry tarts with cinnamon pastry

 Makes 16 – 18 8cm tarts 

I used 8cm tart tins with removable bases. You can also make this in larger tins or using a cupcake tin for smaller tarts. Cooking times will vary depending on sizes. 

Ingredients

Cinnamon Pastry

  • 240g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 130g unsalted butter – diced
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Frangipane (Almond Cream)

  • 180g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g almond meal
  • zest of an orange
  • 40g plain flour
  • fresh or frozen raspberries (or fruit mince or another filling of your choice)
  • flaked almonds (to garnish if you want)

Method

Pastry

1. To make the pastry, cream together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer using the beater/paddle attachment (not the whisk) or with an electric hand mixer (you can do this by hand however it will take a while). The mixture doesn’t need to be light and fluffy; you are simply looking to combine the butter and sugar well.

2. In a small bowl beat the eggs and vanilla together. In another bowl combine the flour and cinnamon.

3. Still mixing on a gentle speed in the stand mixer, add a small amount of the egg mixture to the creamed butter and sugar along with a little of the flour/cinnamon mix (this will help the mix combine easier). Slowly add more of the egg mix and a little of the flour. Once all the egg has been added, add the remained of the flour and mix until it just comes together. You will need to occasionally scrape the sides and bottom of your bowl if using a stand mixer.

Bring it together by hand

Bring it together by hand

4. Bring together to form a dough (using your hands is easiest). If it is a bit sticky, you may need to add some extra flour. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Pastry - ready to wrap and rest in the fridge

Pastry – ready to wrap and rest in the fridge

5. On a clean, lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to the desired thickness (about 1/4cm thick) and cut using a round cutter slightly larger than the tin you are using. Line the tart tins (I sprayed my tins with baking spray/flavourless oil such as canola to grease before filling) and place the lined tins in the fridge to cool (at least 5 minutes however longer leave them for longer if you can).

Note – if you have left it in the fridge for more than an hour (or defrosted it in the fridge from frozen), you will need to let it warm slightly (at room temp) before you start rolling it, as it will be too hard to work with. Also, if you find the pastry gets too soft as you are working with it, just put it back in the fridge for 5 – 10 minutes.

Filling

6. To make the frangipane, place the butter, sugar and orange zest into the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use a hand mixer) and cream together using the paddle/beater attachment (not the whisk) until pale.

7. In a small bowl beat the egg and in a separate bowl combine the flour and almond meal.

8. Still mixing on a gentle speed in the stand mixer, add the egg gradually, adding a bit of flour as well to help it combine. Continue to add slowly, alternating between egg and flour/almond meal until it is all combined. You will need to occasionally scrape the sides and bottom of your bowl if using a stand mixer.

9.Place the mix into a piping bag ready to fill the tarts.

Tarts

10. Preheat the oven to 160C fan forced (180C).

11. To make the raspberry tarts, pipe the frangipane into the cases and then top with raspberries. For 8cm tarts I used 5 raspberries per tart.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

12. If you are using fruit mince (recipe here or you can buy some from the shops) you can either add the fruit mince first or spoon it on top of the frangipane. You could also place a layer of jam on the bottom of the tart shell and then top with the frangipane. Scatter the top with flaked almonds if you wish.

13. Bake until golden brown and the frangipane is set. For 8cm tart cases, these took around 25 – 30 minutes. Using a cupcake tin they take about 18 – 20 minutes. Baking times will depend on your oven, the thickness of the pastry, how much filling you have and the size of your tarts.

14. Allow to cool in the tins before removing and serving. Dust with icing sugar if you wish.Almond and raspberry tarts

 

Adapted from recipe by Sarah Brigden (babyCakes)