A delicate Frangipane Tart topped with fresh strawberries and a sweet, fresh Strawberry Syrup.
This recipe has been on my ideas list for a while now. Over the weekend, the supermarket had strawberries on special and there seemed no better time to make my Strawberry Frangipane Tart with Strawberry Syrup.
I normally make a Lemon Frangipane Tart that is so beautiful and moreish. It’s made using lemon curd spread over the pastry tart shell and then topped with this filling and I love it as I love all lemon flavoured desserts. This time I wanted to change things up and add some colour and the freshness of strawberries. It turned out a treat.
Frangipane is a light and fluffy filling made mainly from almond meal. There is a little flour and then the other normal baking suspects.
The real beauty of a frangipane tart is that you can use just about any fruit you like. Curds are great spread over the base before topping with the frangipane filling as are jams and fruit spreads or preserves. Nice big plump pieces of fruit are lovely too like berries, plums, cherries, pears, apples – this list goes on and on and on 🙂 I’d give just about any fruit a go.
Because it’s such a flexible little tart, you could even use tinned fruits if you’re in a rush and guests are about to start knocking at your door. Another bonus – as you can use just about any fruit, it means being able to make this dessert year round. Plus, it’s gorgeous hot or cold and it goes as perfectly with cream as it does with ice cream or even custard.
I’ve added a sweet Strawberry Syrup with this one. Check out that colour – that’s totally natural my friends – no colour additions here.
And as with all my favourite recipes, it’s simple to make. There is no need to blind bake the pastry tart shell and if you don’t feel like making your own pastry – no need. You can use store bought, although I would be crazy if I didn’t encourage you to make this pastry yourself. It may not be as quick as pulling it out of a packet but this pastry is so superior to anything you can buy at the shop, premade. Just check out how flaky the layers are. Yum! I want to make this all over again 🙂
Now, dessert lovers, go forth and bake 🙂