Caramelised Apple, Honey and Frangipane Tart

January 17, 2012

Ok so I might be just little obsessed with frangipane desserts at the moment. But that’s just part of my personality. Whenever I discover something new or in this case, get a massive craving for something, I can’t get enough of it and I’ll indulge and indulge over and over again until it kills me or I can’t stand the sight of it. To this day, I still get nightmares about tiramisu, sticky date puddings and mud cake. Oh and mangoes.

But surely that won’t happen this time round right? Seriously I can’t imagine ever getting sick of almond frangipane… *hopefully not my famous last words*

So my latest mood has started a love affair with pretty much one of the easiest and pantry-friendly tart fillings around. This has been my favourite summer tart so far but this autumn-ish frangipane tart with apple and honey ranks up high too. I’ve had so much leftover frangipane in my fridge lately but I really couldn’t be arsed making and rolling another pastry case so a sheet of frozen butter puff pastry was the answer. Pretty much the closest thing to an ‘instant homemade dessert’ that I’ll ever get.

Just slap the filling onto the pastry, layer some thinly sliced apples or pears on top, drizzle with honey, scatter with brown sugar and serve with dollops of ice cream, double cream or even natural yoghurt. So easy that even monkeys can do it. Oh and make sure you bake it just long enough for the edges of the pastry and frangipane to get all burnished, sticky and caramelised. Those are the best bits to eat and I’ll fight anyone for those prized crusts.

No siree, I don’t think I could ever get sick of this.

Caramelised Apple, Honey and Frangipane Tart
Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
  1. Yields 2 tarts
  2. 75g butter, softened
  3. 75g icing sugar
  4. 75g almond meal
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 tsps brandy or Calvados
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 15g plain flour
  9. 1 egg, lightly beaten (for egg wash)
  10. 2 sheets of frozen butter puff pastry
  11. 2 apples (I used sundowner but braeburn will also be delicious)
  12. 2 Tbl of honey
  13. 2 Tbl of light brown sugar
  1. To make frangipane, cream butter and sugar until pale, light and fluffy. Add almond meal, egg, brandy, vanilla and flour and beat to combine.
  2. Preheat oven to 190°C. Cut out two rounds from your butter puff pastry sheet approximately 21-22cm in diameter and place each on two lined baking sheets.
  3. Using a paring knife, lightly score a border on each round about 2-2.5cm from the edge. Brush the ‘crusts’ with some egg wash.
  4. Spread a thin layer of frangipane over the two pastry tarts avoiding the edge. Core and thinly slice your apples then layer them on top of the frangipane in an awesome pattern.
  5. Drizzle with honey and scatter with brown sugar to taste. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the frangipane is lightly puffed and the pastry and apples are golden. Be sure to keep an eye on it though because it can burn quickly and easily.
  6. Serve warm with a dollop of ice cream, double cream or yoghurt.
Citrus and Candy

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Olsson April 25, 2012 at 22:36

Simply divine.


Magina44 March 29, 2012 at 23:04

It really made me so hungry.. I really love caramelize apple but I never thought that it can be a tart too.. :) Thanks for this great idea!


Lianne March 15, 2012 at 17:51

I never had frangipane before and after looking at your post, I know what I have to make this weekend! (: Thanks for the recipe! Looks super delicious! Can’t wait to try it!


Eileen February 3, 2012 at 22:41

This kind of pastries looks really nice ..I want to try it..Thanks for sharing this post to us..


Becs@Lay the table January 30, 2012 at 09:11

I just drooled all over the keyboard. Totally agree with the food obsessions – I think the first thing I can ever remember doing this with is cheesestrings when I was 12! Ate SO MANY of those things!


Cass @foodmyfriend January 27, 2012 at 12:21

This looks really beautiful. Your pastry is puffed to perfection. My favourite part of the frangipane tart is when the pastry is crisp and crumbly!


Vintage Macaroon January 26, 2012 at 11:04

So simple yet sooo delicious. Frangipane is definitely a good obsession to have :)


Mauro January 24, 2012 at 15:18

Is this super sweet? Sorry to ask that, because I don’t want a super sweet tart. But it looks so delicious.


Citrus and Candy January 24, 2012 at 16:32

Hi, I don’t think it’s sickeningly sweet but if you’re worried, you could always skip the brown sugar and honey and brush the apples with a bit of olive oil or butter instead before baking. The frangipane itself isn’t overly sweet and it’s only a thin layer on the pastry anyway.


catty January 23, 2012 at 17:07

That tart looks divine! Gong xi fa chai to you… and big HUGE hug for you know what. xxxx


Sara (Belly Rumbles) January 22, 2012 at 21:29

Big frangipane fan, oh yum


Martyna@WholesomeCook January 22, 2012 at 21:15

Looks like the perfect “I forgot to workout what to make for dessert” dessert! That’s why I ALWAYS have puff pastry in the freezer. PS hope your pup and you are feeling better!


missklicious January 22, 2012 at 19:10

I love anything with fragipane – and this looks so easy too, I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe :)


Jen January 20, 2012 at 11:48

Gorgeous and easy – this recipe is a keeper!


James January 20, 2012 at 06:27

ohhhh just made this yummy, although my husband eat most of it :(


Kerin (girlmeetssugar) January 19, 2012 at 13:52

This looks so delish & photos are incredible. Keep up the awesome work!


dulcie @ two tarts January 19, 2012 at 10:07

Beautiful. I am also a huge fan of frangipane, and I’ve been longing to make (and eat) a frangipane tart lately.


Can't live without January 19, 2012 at 00:46

Pictures are gorgeous!! I am new to frangipane, but itching to get started. I will use pears…not a fan of apples!


Food is our religion January 18, 2012 at 13:54

That looks so good, esp the crust. Loving the combination as well :)


Emma @ Poires au Chocolat January 18, 2012 at 10:04

Om nom nom that looks delicious! We use frangipane quite a bit – I love it. Will have to try this soon :)


Valerie January 17, 2012 at 19:20

I still don’t know when, but soon, I’ll make this tart! It looks amazing, it looks delicious!! And I love your presentation!


muppy January 17, 2012 at 18:22

I have to confess I often cook this with whatever fruit I have on hand for a quick dessert! Not sick of it yet!! Yours looks amazing, I’ll have to try the combination :)


OohLookBel January 17, 2012 at 17:30

Love how this tart’s like a splat! on the countertop. Super delicious, too.


Phuoc'n Delicious January 17, 2012 at 15:09

That looks great Karen and so dead simple! I’m definitely going to make this soon


Helen (grabyourfork) January 17, 2012 at 14:54

Ack, this looks and sounds so delicious. And yes, I’m a huge fan of frangipane.


Food Wine Sleep January 17, 2012 at 13:05

This tart looks so delicious! yummo….


Hotly Spiced January 17, 2012 at 12:33

That is a beautiful looking tart. What a great afternoon treat or dessert.


Natashia@foodonpaper January 17, 2012 at 11:09

I’ve always wanted to make frangipane tart, but the recipe always looked a little… well too much effort. This looks spectacular, and simple!


Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) January 17, 2012 at 10:28

Oh yeah, crusty bits of frangipane are the best! Keep the frangipane desserts coming please =D


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul January 17, 2012 at 09:10

I’m loving your frangipane obsession at the moment Karen! Bring it on! Gorgeous recipe and pics!


Tina @ bitemeshowme January 17, 2012 at 07:38

I only had my first frangipane tart over the weekend. I do not know what or why it has taken me so long to eat one. Yours looks drool worthy Karen.


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