Blueberry Frangipane. A delicious almond cake bursting with juicy blueberries and baked in a crisp, buttery pastry case. A really nice coffee time cake.

Blueberry Frangipane. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make. Goes great with a nice cup of tea! Or you can have as a dessert, warm or cold with a squirt of whipped cream or like me, a blob of vanilla ice cream! It's really yummy! Delicious!

Blueberry Frangipane. What a delicious cake this is! Or should we say tart? or maybe a cake tart!

Are there different types of frangipane?

There are variations to frangipane, for example, in Belgium, it is called an Almond pastry tart, usually with a striped pattern on top made up of icing.

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Some recipes fill the flan case with a ground almond cake batter and then put say a 1 cm layer of chocolate over the top.

In the UK, Frangipane tarts are very popular.
Most likely their popularity increased after the recipe was shown on the popular BBC Great British Bake Off television program where the famous Mary Berry set it as one of the baking tasks for the contestants. 

If you're from the UK, you can liken this blueberry frangipane to a Bakewell Tart. It's very similar, but the Bakewell Tart has usually got sliced almonds sprinkled on the top before baking. 

Blueberry Frangipane. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make. Goes great with a nice cup of tea! Or you can have as a dessert, warm or cold with a squirt of whipped cream or like me, a blob of vanilla ice cream! It's really yummy! Delicious!

This blueberry frangipane recipe I am showing you today is using lovely sweet and juicy blueberries and the flavor of the sweet almond.

The bite of the crispy pastry, against the soft, moist almond filling, and the burst of juicy blueberries in every bite is also a lovely texture sensation.

You also get a flavor of lemon as we use lovely lemon curd to line the base of the pastry case. We all know that blueberries and lemon are a perfect match in cakes and tarts and make for a delicious flavor combination.

What other flavors can I make using a frangipane recipe?

You can be quite flexible with this recipe and use different fruit and jam to line the base.
For example, any type of berry fruit, such as strawberries, or you can use peaches, apples, etc.

So long as you use the classic almond filling cake batter which we show below, and the proportions listed in the ingredients, you will have an almond frangipane. 

Can I freeze frangipane cake?

If you wish to make it ahead, this blueberry frangipane will not spoil in any way at all.
I usually slice it up and then wrap a few slices in plastic wrap and freeze.
That way I always have a few slices handy in the freezer when I fancy something sweet with a cup of tea!

This blueberry almond frangipane is great to serve as a coffee time cake or breakfast cake, or as part of an English Afternoon Tea! So invite your friends and family over and serve them a slice of this and enjoy!

I have also made a recipe up to show you how to make your own shortcrust pastry. Of course, you can buy the shop stuff, but this recipe is easy, cheaper and by far more tasty!

You can make little flans or tarts, like these mini frangipane tarts, but make sure you adjust the cooking times. So go on, give it a go! Try out our blueberry frangipane recipe and please enjoy! The photo below shows just how flexible you can be with this delicious almond cake-like filling.

Mini Frangipane tarts are delicious almond cake filled mini tarts in a crispy puff pastry case. Delicious served warm from the oven or cooled with a blob of ice cream or fresh whipped cream!

If you'd like to see our other frangipane recipes, take a look here. There are apple, cherry, lemon and orange recipes, so something for everyone!

TOP TIPS!

  • As with any pastry cases, if you are going to put a 'wet' filling in, then you will need to 'bake blind' first to stop the pastry from going soggy. No one likes a soggy bottom! I have some instructions in a link below to help you with this if needed.
  • You can use this recipe for Gluten-Free by substituting the flour in the pastry & also the filling with gluten-free flour.

What You Will Need

A flan / quiche dish 23 cm / 9 inch diameter

Blueberry Frangipane. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make. Goes great with a nice cup of tea! Or you can have as a dessert, warm or cold with a squirt of whipped cream or like me, a blob of vanilla ice cream! It's really yummy! Delicious!

Prep Time

40 Minutes

Cook Time

30 Minutes

Serves

9 inch Tart

Ingredients

6 oz or 170 g Shortcrust pastry. See here to make your own Shortcrust pastry.
2 Tablespoons warmed Lemon Curd or Blueberry JamSee here to make your own Jam
4 1/2 oz or 125 g butter
1/2 cup or 125 g Sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups or 125 g ground almonds
2 1/2 Tablespoons All purpose / Plain Flour. (if you don't want to use flour, swap it for extra ground almonds & 1 tsp baking powder or the same amount in Tapioca flour)
1/2 Cup fresh or frozen Blueberries
4 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

First things first! Get all your ingredients ready. I like to weigh out and put everything in order of adding into the recipe. If it's all ready, you will whizz through the recipe and NOT forget anything!

Make The Pastry

1.If you are using a shop-bought pastry case, skip to the FILLING instructions.   Put the oven on to 190 C, 375 F, Gas 5

2. Make your shortcrust pastry. Click here for instructions.

Make Shortcrust Pastry

3. Grease your flan dish & make sure you grease up the sides too.

4. Place your rolled out pastry into your chosen dish.

lining dish with pastry

Make sure you gently push the sides around the dish and trim any excess pastry.

push sides of pastry
push sides of pastry
trim edges of pastry
trim edges of pastry

5. If you see any cracks or missing bits of pastry, use the excess from your trimming to patch these areas.

6. Now you will need to prepare the flan case to take the wet filling. You need to first 'Bake blind' the pastry. See here for more information. You need to bake blind for 20 minutes in the oven.

Bake Blind
Use a fork to prick holes in the pastry before putting in the oven
fill with pasta or weights to bake blind
Fill with beans or pasta to keep the pastry weighed down during baking


7. Place in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes (for a 23 cm, 9-inch dish). If using smaller cases, reduce the cooking time.

8. When ready, the flan case should look like the photo below. Say about 70% cooked, and ready for the filling.

Bake Blind pastry case

9. Once you have baked blind your pastry, you need to get all your filling ingredients ready if you haven't done so already.

What is Baking Blind?

The Bake Blind technique is used when you have a 'wet' filling or the filling cooks faster than the pastry. If you were to simply place the filling onto the raw pastry, the base would never cook properly resulting in a very soggy bottom!

This method is also used if you are putting a ready cooked filling in the flan case, such as a mousse or chocolate torte which doesn't require any baking.

Make The Filling


10. Cream the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Slowly add the beaten eggs. If the mixture looks like it is starting to split, add a tablespoon of your ground almonds.

Creaming butter and sugar for Blueberry Frangipane

11. Add almonds and flour. Add the milk, and gently (low setting on your mixture) combine.

12. Pop the blueberry jam or lemon curd in a small bowl or cup and microwave for 20 seconds. Spread the warmed jam onto the base of your pastry. Add the cake mixture to the flan case.

Blueberry Frangipane, add filling to pastry case

Arrange the blueberries on the top of the cake filling. Don't push the blueberries down into the batter as they will get lost inside. Simply pop them gently on the surface and they will stay there during baking.

Blueberry Frangipane, arrange blueberries on top of filling

You can make any pattern you wish or be as random as you like with the blueberry arrangement! For the photo below, I have used fresh blueberries which I bought in a huge batch so froze them. Fresh or frozen is absolutely fine. If frozen, no need to defrost. 

13. Bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes. Test with a metal skewer. Stick it in the center, if it comes out clean your blueberry frangipane is ready!

14. Leave to cool on a rack then turn out onto a dish.

Blueberry Frangipane. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make. Goes great with a nice cup of tea! Or you can have as a dessert, warm or cold with a squirt of whipped cream or like me, a blob of vanilla ice cream! It's really yummy! Delicious!

15. Make yourself a lovely cup of tea and enjoy a slice of your blueberry frangipane.

Blueberry Frangipane. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make. Goes great with a nice cup of tea! Or you can have as a dessert, warm or cold with a squirt of whipped cream or like me, a blob of vanilla ice cream! It's really yummy! Delicious!

You can eat this completely on its own or serve with a blob of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or some homemade custard

This frangipane will keep moist in an airtight container for a few days or alternatively, you can freeze it whole or in slices.

Blueberry Frangipane. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make. Goes great with a nice cup of tea! Or you can have as a dessert, warm or cold with a squirt of whipped cream or like me, a blob of vanilla ice cream! It's really yummy! Delicious!

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our blueberry frangipane recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

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Blueberry Frangipane. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make. Goes great with a nice cup of tea! Or you can have as a dessert, warm or cold with a squirt of whipped cream or like me, a blob of vanilla ice cream! It's really yummy! Delicious!

Blueberry Frangipane

Yield: 9 inch Tart
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Blueberry Frangipane. A delicious almond cake bursting with juicy blueberries. This is a really nice coffee time cake to make.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz or 170 g Shortcrust pastry.
  • 2 Tablespoons warmed Blueberry Jam or lemon curd
  • 4 1/2 oz or 125 g butter
  • 1/2 cup or 125 g Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups or 125 g ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons All purpose / Plain Flour. (if you don't want to use flour, swap it for extra ground almonds & 1 tsp baking powder or same amount in Tapioca flour)
  • 1/2 Cup fresh or frozen Blueberries
  • 4 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

First things first! Get all your ingredients ready. I like to weigh out and put everything in order of adding into the recipe. If it's all ready, you will whizz through the recipe and NOT forget anything!

Make The Pastry

1.*** If you are using a shop bought pastry case, skip to the FILLING instructions.  Put the oven on to 190 C, 375 F, Gas 5

2. Make your shortcrust pastry. Click here for instructions.

3. Grease your flan dish & make sure you grease up the sides too.

4. Place your rolled out pastry into your chosen dish. Make sure you gently push the sides around the dish and trim any excess pastry.

5. If you see any cracks or missing bits of pastry, use the excess from your trimming to patch these areas.

6. Now you will need to prepare the flan case to take the wet filling. You need to first 'Bake blind' the pastry. See here for more information. You need to bake blind for 20 minutes in the oven.

7. Place in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes (for a 23 cm, 9-inch dish). If using smaller cases, reduce the cooking time.

8. When ready, the flan case should look like the photo. Say about 70% cooked, and ready for the filling.

9. Once you have baked blind your pastry, you need to get all your filling ingredients ready if you haven't done so already.

*The Bake Blind technique is used when you have a 'wet' filling or the filling cooks faster than the pastry. If you were to simply place the filling onto the raw pastry, the base would never cook properly resulting in a very soggy bottom!

This method is also used if you are putting a ready cooked filling in the flan case, such as a mousse or chocolate torte which doesn't require any baking.

Make The Filling

10. Cream the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Slowly add the beaten eggs. If the mixture looks like it is starting to split, add a tablespoon of your ground almonds.

11. Add almonds and flour. Add the milk, and gently (low setting on your mixture) combine.

12. Pop the blueberry jam or lemon curd in a small bowl or cup and microwave for 20 seconds. Spread the warmed jam onto the base of your pastry. Add the cake mixture to the flan case.

Arrange the blueberries on the top of the cake filling. Don't push the blueberries down into the batter as they will get lost inside. Simply pop them gently on the surface and they will stay there during baking. You can make any pattern you wish or be as random as you like with the blueberry arrangement! For the photo below, I have used fresh blueberries which I bought in a huge batch so froze them. Fresh or frozen is absolutely fine. If frozen, no need to defrost. 

13. Bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes. Test with a metal skewer. Stick it in the center, if it comes out clean your blueberry frangipane is ready!

14. Leave to cool on a rack then turn out onto a dish.

15. Make yourself a lovely cup of tea and enjoy a slice of your blueberry frangipane. You can eat this completely on its own or serve with a blob of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or some homemade custard. This frangipane will keep moist in an airtight container for a few days or alternatively, you can freeze it whole or in slices. A delicious 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 468Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 8g

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