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Thursday, 7 August 2008

Little Pecan Frangipane Tarts

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I am so glad that there are food bloggers, all around the world, who are willing to share their fabulous recipes and expertise. After surfing my way around the blogs, I go to bed dreaming of pastries, cakes and desserts!

One site I like to visit is Cannelle Et Vanille, a mouthwatering food blog by a gifted Spanish pastry chef, Aran. I saw her mini peach and pistachio frangipane tarts and, for once, I thought - I could make those - they not only look beautiful, they seem fairly easy too.

So here is my version of the tarts. I only murdered your recipe a little Aran, replacing the pistachios in the frangipane with roasted pecans, and I used lemon zest in the Sable Breton.
The verdict? Crisp bottom, soft melting frangipane and absolutely delicious with the mascarpone cream and summer fruits.

Thanks Aran!

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42 comments:

Aran said...

oh they look fabulous nic! isn't this a great tart with the melting frangipane? great job!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

These are so lovely, Nicisme. And I agree, Aran is always inspirational.

Judith said...

Oh, YUM.

Frangipane is one of my favourite treats in France, but I've never thought of doing it with pecans rather than almonds. This would be a great addition to my "Southern food with French techniques" collection. Thanks!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are cute, Nic! And Aran does have some amazing recipes there, with stunning photos as well.
You made her proud!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

You DID a great job.....your could have been made by a famous pastry chef!!!

Beth said...

Fantastic pictures

Dragon said...

So gorgeous! Great photos.

Passionate About Baking said...

BEE-YOO-TI-FUL Nic...absolutely stunning little bites. Aran's blog is certainly very inspirational, with pictures to match. Your crop of raspberries continues to tantalize the tastebuds...mine are currently green with envy!!! The pictures here are very very refreshing!

LyB said...

I love pecans, those sound fabulous! And with fresh berries in season right now, it's perfect timing. :)

Grace said...

goodness gracious, nic. i'm a crust person, and i have to tell you immediately that the pecan-happy bottom of your tarts is making me swoon. it's gorgeous! frankly, i'm drooling a little. bravo!

Bellini Valli said...

These tarts look incredible Nic:D

cookinpanda said...

These are some of the prettiest little things I've seen. Great job!

Lisa said...

These are gorgeous and just what I've been looking for to go with my latest box of berries. The cream looks delicious and pecans are my favorite.

Sue said...

Great pictures Nic, and your tart don't look half bad either! I bet my DH would love this.

Lore said...

Tres tres chic :). Love the velvety look of those blue berries in the first photo.

nicisme said...

Aran - thank you and thanks for the recipe!

Susan - thanks and I agree too!

Judith - do try them, they're yummy!

Patricia - thank you, and what are you doing posting? You should be busy with the move! Good luck by the way!

Nina - thank you so much!

Beth - thanks!

Deeba - THAAAANK YOOOO! Sorry that you haven't got any raspberries when they are so yummy!

LyB - I expect these would be good with any roasted nuts!

Grace - the pecans are in the top bit of the crust, and are definitely swoon worthy!

Valli - thanks!

Cookinpanda - thank you!

Lisa - give them a go, you won't be sorry!

Sue - lol, thanks!

Lore - merci beaucoup!

Kate / Kajal said...

you've really tempted me with these Nicisme, i would love to try them out. Aran is a very talented fellow blogger n so are you :)

Jan said...

Nic as always your pictures are fantastic! I don't even like desserts but seeing yours could convert me!
PS: You've been given an Award - pop over to my blog to get it!

Manger La Ville said...

I love the combination of pistachio and fresh summer berries. From the looks of the pictures, you executed this dessert perfectly. I think after seeing it, I might just have to indulge and make it.

Dee said...

You did an amazing job on both the tarts and the photos! I love frangipane - the pecan is a fabulous touch.

miri said...

Nic, those little sweeties look wonderfully tasty and pretty!

Margaret said...

Wonderful frangipane tarts - they look delicious.

Tartelette said...

I don't see any murder there :) They look fantastic!

Sue said...

Nic, you have been tagged. Drop by my blog to see the rules.

giz said...

Great job Nic - Aran always has such beautiful things on her blog and I'm generally too intimidated and think I'll just screw it up.

Jeanne said...

OMG, look at the state of those! How absolutely fantastic. I was toying with the idea of mini fruit tarts similar to these but ended up making my blackberries into a crisp instead. Ah well, roundabouts and swings! Your photos are awesome too :)

Cynthia said...

Nic, you know how to tempt, tease and taunt us.

chris said...

Nic those desserts look fab.....
Chris

Mansi Desai said...

these are wonderful! I love the pecan in the crust! haven't cooked with frangipine yet, but thanks for the inspiration Nic!:)

Psychgrad said...

Excellent job! I just bought little tartlette pans, thinking that I may actually be courageous enough to try them out.

crunchLin said...

yumm those look so cute and delicious!

redmenace said...

These look amazing!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

These look utterly gorgeous. Frangipane - I could eat it by the spoonful :)

Maria said...

What beautiful pics as always. These tarts look so good and great for that perfect summer dessert (not that were having much of it right now in the UK) ;o)

Maria
x

manju said...

I have to stop myself from trying to lick that luscious marscapone cream from that tart!....ab fab...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Yum Yum things in ur blog. I like this tarts and salad also. First time here. Nice blog.

Rosie said...

WOW Nic this is yum factor on a screen!! Just adore those tarts and what awesoe photos too :)

Rosie x

Mrs. L said...

I voted for this on Foodie View because they just look so yummy!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your little tarts look absolutely mouthwatering! I love everything about them, including the stunning photos! Excellent work!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Wow those do look good! That melty photo really got my mouth watering.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

You didn't murder the recipe...they look so beautiful and tasty! Great job!

Sophie said...

Those mini cakes look so appetizing,MMMMMMM...