The Frangipane is an almond filling use in France to make the famous "Galette des rois" ( translated king cake) this simple pastry item is made out of a thick layer of creme Frangipane ( which is in fact an almond cream mixed with pastry cream) sandwiched between 2 layer of pure butter puff pastry.
In this french baking class you will learn how to make the authentic Frangipane almond cream from scratch as well as how to use it to make a delicious and tasty almond cake.
today to make make things easier for home cooking we are going to use some good quality pre-made puff pastry and create a simple rectangular shaped cake that we will be able slice and serve on your christmas table for dessert. However when making this recipe it is vital to make a true Frangipane and not an almond cream (creme d'amande) which many people seems to do nowadays. An authentic Frangipane is made with a pastry cream mixed with almond cream. Only that combination will provide you with the true taste of the cake filling that you may have tasted back in France.