My favorite baked good to have with a cuppa has to be these wee frangipane tarts….
Pastry:350g plain flour, 100g icing sugar, 190g cold butter, zest of 1 unwaxed lemon, 50g chopped pistachios, 1 egg + 1 yolk and some milk if needed.
To make the pastry put the flour, icing sugar and butter (cubed) into the food processor. Blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs and then add the lemon zest, pistachios and egg+yolk. Blitz again until the mix starts to come together, if it doesn’t add some mild splash at a time just until the mixture comes together. take the dough out, flour and work a couple of times before rolling in cling film and resting in the fridge.
Frangipane: 200g butter, 220g caster sugar, 2 eggs, juice and zest of 1 lemon, 1tsp vanilla extract, 220g ground almonds and 2tbsp plain flour.
Beat the butter and sugar together using an electric whisk, one well mixed beat in the eggs 1 at a time then the lemon juice, zest and vanilla. Mix in the ground almonds and flour and your done.
Once the pastry has chilled for about 1hour remove from the fridge, flour on both sides and roll out turning regularly so it doesn’t stick to work surface. You want the pastry to be around the thickness of a 1pound coin. You can roll this in a few batches if the original amount seems to big to work with.
Next you want to cut your tart cases to fit your tin, the tin I used was like a shallow cupcake tin that could make 12 tartlets at a time. I used a pint glass as a cutter to cut the pastry bases out. This recipe will make about 24 tarts. Then fill the bottom of each tart with a teaspoon of raspberry jam and spread into the base.
Put a table spoon of the frangipane into each case and spread to the edge, try not to let the raspberry jam seep out. Level off each tart and top with some more chopped pistachios or flaked almonds.
Bake in a preheated fan oven at 160 for 20 minutes before leaving to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes take the tarts out and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Now eat those wee bad boys!!
If you can’t be assed making them I can sell them to you?!