When summer hits, I cant help but use Peaches and other summer fruits in every single cake and desserts I make. Today, I am going back to classic French pastry with this addictive Peach Frangipane Tart.
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Crunchy Pate Sucrée pastry. Melt in your mouth Almond Cream. Deliciously sweet Peaches. These are just some basic French pastry elements, but put together, they create the most delicious Tart ever! I have never been a huge fan of frangipane but this recipe seriously converted me. The super light baked almond cream simply balances the sweet and tangy peaches perfectly. And all of that yumminess is hold together inside the crunchiest, most delicious ‘Pate Sucrée’ pastry.
I’m not gonna lie, I simply love being pleasantly surprised by a recipe, and this White Peach Frangipane Tart did not disappoint! Let’s go through the 3 elements of this tart:
- a ‘Pate Sucrée‘ tart pastry
- a baked Almond Cream – or Frangipane
- beautifully sun-kisses White Peaches
What is a “Pate Sucrée“
As I had already explained in my Apricot Tarte Tatin recipe, there are 4 basic French pastry used to make tarts: Pâte Brisée, Pâte Feuilletée, Pâte Sablée and in our case, Pâte Sucrée. As there are no exact translation of each of these pastry in English, it is easy to confuse them. The pastry I usually use to make my Tarts is the Pâte Brisée – a super simple pastry made with a base of Flour and Butter to a 2:1 ratio.
Pâte Sucrée – that literally translates as ‘Sweetened Dough‘ – is a richer (and sweeter) pastry that uses Confectioners Sugar and Eggs on top of the usual Butter and Flour. As explained in my new bible – the book “French Patisserie“ published by Ferrandi Pastry School in Paris from which this recipe is inspired, you will need the following ingredients to make a Pâte Sucrée:
- Butter at room temperature
- Confectioner’s Sugar
They present two ways of making this pastry: the Creaming Method and the Crumbling Method. For this recipe, I used the Creaming Method. I whisked the soft butter until soft and creamy, then I added he Confectioner’s Sugar. When it resembles a smooth paste, whisk in the Egg and salt, then the flour. This technique creates a rather soft pastry that needs to be chilled before being rolled.
Note that Confectioners Sugar is sometimes called Icing Sugar or Powdered Sugar. From experience though, Icing Sugar tends to have added Cornstarch as a thickening agent while Confectioners Sugar is 100% fine sugar. For this recipe, you want the sugar only – without any cornstarch added. I personally made my own Confectioners Sugar by blending White Caster Sugar in a Spice Blenders until super thin and powdery.
How to make Frangipane
Frangipane is a Almond Cream that is used to fill Tarts, Pastries and Baked Goods. Often compared to an Almond Pastry Cream (Creme Patissiere), Frangipane is deliciously light and sweet filling made with Ground Almonds. It is made out of:
- Soft Butter
- Almond Flour
- Custard Powder (can be replaced by Cornstarch or Potato Starch)
- Optional: Vanilla Bean, Liquor,…
The process of making Almond Cream for the Frangipane is very similar to the one of making the Pâte Sucrée. Again, this part of the recipe is taken from the book “French Patisserie” published by Ferrandi Pastry School; I only slightly reduced the amount of sugar in it. First, get the Butter very smooth and pasty then cream it with the Sugar. Gradually add the Egg, then the Almond Meal and Cornstarch. Try not to over-whisk it; you do not want to incorporate air into the Frangipane batter.
Making the White Peach Tart with Almonds
For this White Peach Frangipane Tart recipe, I used a small 20 cm Tart Tin with removable bottom, which is equivalent to a 8 inches tart tin. The quantities for the pastry and the almond cream should be just right for a 20cm/8inch tin so if you are using a large one, you may want to increase all quantities.
Once the two main steps are done – the Pâte Sucrée pastry and the Almond Cream, you will be ready to finish the delicious tart. After blind baking the pastry for 10 to 15 minutes, let it cool down before filling the tart shell with the Almond Cream and the thinly sliced White Peaches. Place the tart back in the oven for the final baking and watch the Almond Cream turn into a delicious golden brown Frangipane. If it looks like the tart pastry is starting to over-bake but the frangipane is not cooked yet, reduce the temperature of the oven slightly. You can also pass the tart under the grill of your oven for a couple of minutes to finish off the top.
Looking for more Tart Recipes?
Check these other ideas:
Apricot Tarte Tatin
Spiced Pears Tarte Tatin
Chocolate Cherry Tart
Blackberry Panna Cotta Tart with Passion Fruit
Fresh Pear Pie
Peach Frangipane Tart Recipe:
White Peach Frangipane Tart
- 1/4 cup (50gr) Soft Butter
- 1/4 cup (25gr) Confectioners Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 cup (125gr) Plain Flour
- 1/4 cup (50gr) Soft Butter
- 1/4 cup (25gr) Caster Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup (50gr) Almond Meal
- 1 teasp. Cornstarch
- 4 White Peaches
- Using a hand mixer or a whisk, cream the soft Butter then add the Confectioners Sugar. When it resembles a light paste, add the Egg and Salt. Quickly mix until combined then add the Plain Flour.
- Transfer onto your kitchen bench and quickly combine the Flour into the rest of the dough. Try not to overwork it or knead it – it just needs to be homogeneously combined.
- Assemble into a ball and cover with cling wrap (or place inside a freezing bag). Gently press on it to flatten it, then place in the fridge for at least one hour (see note 1).
- Preheat your oven on 180’C.On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry to fill your tart tin ( I used a 8 inch tart tin). Prick the pastry with a fork, making sure to cover the bottom and sides of the pastry. Place in the oven to blind bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down.
- While your Pate Sucree is cooling down, start preparing your Almond Cream for the Frangipane. Cream the soft Butter and Caster Sugar with a hand mixer. When it resembles a light paste, gradually add the Egg while whisking.
- Add the Almond Meal and Cornstarch, and quickly whisk until combined.Pour into the partially baked Pate Sucree.
To finish the White Peach Frangipane Tart
- Wash and slice your White Peaches in half, removing the pit.Thinly slice each peach half and place them on top of the Almond Cream.
- Place the tart back in the oven to finish the baking for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the Frangipane looks golden brown.
- The pastry will be quite soft so it needs at least one hour in the fridge to harden again. If you find the pastry hard to roll, put it back in the fridge for another 30 minutes.