September 6, 2013 by seriousbacon
So summer time is over, which means i can get back to blogging! It’s been a hard real push over the summer, but i made it through to the other side, and a better chef to boot, to get an idea think long hard hours, a never ending prep list, constant checks coming through during service hours, and your half way there! and to top it all off your working in a 40 degree heat, no wonder us chefs are a crazy bunch! Its hard graft but its all worth it in the end..honestly! 😀
The dish i have today came about when i was mucking about at work trying to think of a nice special dessert to make, I was planning on making a flaked almond tart using a nice frangipane recipe that i had found, one of the chefs suggested that i tried to replace the ground almonds with desiccated coconut, genius! the result was a real nice summery dessert that gets the tastebuds tingling!
The basis of this dessert is a frangipane, which basically is a cake mixture with added ground almonds, the mixture is put into a sweet pastry case and baked for roughly 35 minutes until it has rose like a sponge cake. The variation i have made here substitutes the ground almonds with desiccated coconut, I also glazed the tart once cooked with a lemon stock syrup and sprinkled toasted desiccated coconut on top! It was nice to experiment with this dessert as its something that’s a little bit different and it turned a classic dessert into something really quite special. Teamed with a nice fresh mango sorbet, it sold like a bat out of hell, and I even had to make another batch a few days later! sounds like a success to me.
Here’s a frangipane recipe below, Enjoy and stay tuned for some more seriousbacon!
- 125g butter, softened
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 125g ground almonds
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
- Gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time
- Then fold in the ground almonds and flour
- Mix well and chill until needed.
- Trim off any excess pastry from the tart case and spread the frangipane evenly on top.