Creamy, Homemade Frangipane
Frangipane is a creamy almond filling or base layer used in baking. It’s made from butter, sugar, eggs, and some type of ground almonds. We use almond flour (though almond meal works great too!), but some recipes call for almond paste instead.
Just as there are endless recipes for pie and tarts and pastries, so too are there a number of different ways to make homemade frangipane. Trust us when we say that all almond lovers will adore its robust, yet delicate almond flavor.
Be sure to check out our summer strawberry galette recipe so you can put that homemade frangipane to good use!
Frangipane is made simply by creaming together unsalted butter, eggs, almond flour, sugar, and almond extract (some recipes also call for vanilla extract). We like to add a pinch of Kosher salt to season everything.
Make sure all the ingredients are room temperature — this will ensure the texture of the almond cream is smooth, and completely luscious.
Bonus? Instead of mixing by hand, place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Cream everything together on medium speed until smooth! Alternatively, you can make this in a food processor Both instructions included in the recipe card below.
Can I Use Almond Paste Instead?
Yes, but the texture of the frangipane will be looser (and creamier!) if you use almond meal or almond flour.
Different Uses For Frangipane
The most common use for frangipane is as a creamy base for other tarts and galettes. Below, we’ve spread a thin layer of frangipane before spooning on some sweet summer strawberries for our strawberry galette.
Here are some classic recipes that traditionally use almond cream:
It’s is also delicious when spread into a thin layer on top of puff pastry. Try topping it with whatever fresh fruit is in season!
While they are both creams made from ground almonds, they are quite different. Frangipane is used as a filling, while marzipan has a more candy-like texture and can be molded to coat or shape cakes and cookies.
This recipes IS gluten-free!
No. This recipe has raw egg in it and needs to be baked to be safe to eat.
Can You Make Frangipane With Other Nuts?
Yes! Feel free to experiment with ground hazelnuts, walnuts, or pistachios! It won’t be the classic almond flavor, but it will still be completely delicious.
How Much Does This Recipe Yield?
This will make enough for one large tart or several mini tartlets.
With a prep time of just 5 minutes, you’ll find yourself coming up with all kinds of excuses to make this sweet, nutty almond cream again and again.
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More almond recipes to try!
- Almond Ricotta Cake
- Baked Vanilla-Almond French Toast
- Blueberry Coconut Almond Overnight Oats
- Lemon Almond Cake
What Is Frangipane?
- Stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment or handheld mixer
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 large egg room temperature
- ½ cup almond flour or finely ground almond meal
- 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract or you can use bourbon
- pinch of Kosher salt
- Make the frangipane. Place 2 Tbsp softened butter, 1 large egg, ½ cup almond flour (or almond meal), 3 Tbsp sugar, ½ tsp almond extract, and a pinch of Kosher salt in a large mixing bowl. Use a handheld mixer to whisk until well mixed. Alternatively, can be mixed in a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Refrigerate until needed.
- This recipe makes enough filling for 1 tart. See strawberry galette recipe for more info.
- Frangipane can be made and stored in a refrigerator 5 days in advance or frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in a refrigerator before using.
- Frangipane ingredients should be room temperature.
Photography by: Cambrea of Cambrea Bakes