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Almond and Spiced Apple Frangipane

This is a lovely Tart..I came up with this combination trying to find some Christmassy flavours without relying on the usual mincemeat! Not everybody’s favourite, but neither is almond, but we happen to love it.This is real almond overload and very rich, be warned you only need a small slice!

Almond & Spiced Apple Frangipane Tart

You will need a 9inch loose bottom tart tin

Line with shortcrust/sweet pastry and blind bake for about 10 mins…

remove from oven and let cool..roll out a thin circle of marzipan .. and lay in the bottom of the tart..

on top of the marzipan sprinkle some crushed crispy amaretti biscuits..about 6 or so..

Finely chop 1 dessert …I used a granny smith.. mix with about a handful of raisins or sultanas..a quarter teaspoon of vanilla paste or extract, half a teaspoon of mixed spice ( apple pie spice ?? ) and some amaretti liquer (almond flavoured liquer) about 1 tablespoon, then add about half a small jar (270g) of apple sauce and combine the ingredients.. Pour onto the tart over the marzipan amaretti layer..

For the Frangipane mixture

you will need 125g butter,125g caster sugar(superfine?) 125g ground almonds, 2 beaten eggs, 1 tablespoon Plain Flour, a few drops almond essence.

Cream all the ingredients together like a cake batter.

Spread over the apple mixture…sprinkle with flaked almonds.

Put tart on a baking tray, as its a loose bottom tin, makes for easy removal from the oven..

Bake for about 30 mins or so , till the Frangipane is set and golden .

When cool remove from tin..serve sprinkled with icing sugar.

Gas mark 4 – 350 – 180 c

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